Land center: Israel committed more than 25 violations last month in J’lem

[ 10/03/2011 – 12:10 PM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The land research center in the occupied city of Jerusalem said it documented more than 25 violations committed by the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) and Jewish settlers during last February.

13 serious violations against Palestinians’ right to housing took place during this reporting month, most notably, the forcing of a citizen to demolish his home by himself in Sur Bahir area at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The center’s report affirmed that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers continued assaulting, demolishing and seizing homes and property of Palestinians by forces in order to expand settlements and evacuate the holy city from its native people.

The IOF returned to reoccupy the roof of a building in Baten Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan district in order to protect Jewish settlers and help them attack the residents, while the settlers are still occupying the houses of three Palestinian families known as Hanoun, Ghawi and Kurd and launching repeated attacks from these houses on their displaced rightful owners and other residents of the neighborhood.

During the month, about 80 olive, almond, apricot and fig trees were uprooted by Israeli military bulldozers in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The IOA declared its intention to build 13 settlement units in place of Palestinian homes and Al-Maqa area in sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and endowed lands belonging to the families of Al Saadi and Al Maghrebi, according to the report.

The IOA also wants to turn Qalandia airport into an industrial zone and build 154 settlement units at the expense of Shufat and Beit Hanina territory in the holy city.

Palestinians worshipers were prevented many times especially during Fridays from entering the Aqsa Mosque for prayers and the IOF used force to attack Palestinian protesters injuring one of them in his hand.

Among the violations reported by the center that one settler driving a car ran over a Palestinian child in Silwan district and others physically assaulted two young men in west Jerusalem and killed one of them.

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Land center: Israel committed more than 25 violations last month in J’lem.

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