Municipality arrests two men for home improvements

Jerusalem Municipality workers in Silwan backed by Israeli armed forces

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) | Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Two Jerusalem Municipality officers, backed by armed Israeli forces, forced entry to a Silwan resident’s home today and placed him and a laborer under arrest. Khaled Shweki and a local

handyman were carrying out home improvements on his family house when they were arrested by Municipality workers. Shweki was released some hours later, while the laborer remained in custody.

The arrests occur amidst a climate of Israeli authorities attempting to clamp down on Palestinian residents of Silwan performing any type of restoration on their homes, claiming that such acts are illegal without a permit. Some 350 Israeli settlers live in Silwan, who have no difficulty building, restoring and extending their homes, while the neighborhood’s 55,000 Palestinian residents are the subject of a campaign to gradually change the demographic makeup of the area, creating a Jewish majority.

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