Jerusalem Municipality demolishes Palestinian home in Haii Iswih « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 22 December, 2010 | 14:07 Demolition in Silwan, Archive.

Demolition in Silwan, Archive.

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — Jerusalem Municipality bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home in the Haii Iswih neighborhood of Silwan yesterday. This past month has seen the Municipality re-enact its policy of demolition, starting with animal pens and lesser structures and culminating in home demolitions.

The Haii Iswih homeowner had previously been ordered by the Municipality to demolish the house himself. When he refused to do so, bulldozers, flanked by a massive force of Israeli police, arrived yesterday to tear down the 80-square-meter one-story home.

The demolition marks the “next phase” of the Jerusalem Municipality’s renewed demolition campaign. As reported by Silwanic in the past, the Municipality has sought a campaign of “gradual” demolition, beginning with the tearing down of animal pens, barnyards and shops and moving on to homes. The Municipality has also carried out a series of home demolitions in districts of East Jerusalem deemed unimportant to the settlement enterprise, as a litmus test to gauge the public’s reaction to the campaign. The campaign is expected to culminate in wide-scale demolition of key areas of Silwan such as el-Bustan, the district earmarked for the “Biblical Gardens” of the City of David settlement project.

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