Issa: Demolition of archaeological sites in Silwan aims at displacing natives

[ 24/07/2012 – 11:21 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dr. Hanna Issa, Secretary General of the Islamic-Christian Committee for protecting Jerusalem and holy sites, considered that the Israeli occupation authority’s demolition of a residential facility in Silwan town confirms its attempts to displace natives from their land.

Issa said that the occupation authorities pursue a policy of house demolitions as a collective punishment against Palestinians especially those living in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, noting that the pretexts of IOA for the demolition of the citizens’ houses contravene the norms of international humanitarian law.

He added in a press statement on Monday, “It is strange that the IOA has been recently escalating its policy of settlements’ building, ignoring the progress of the final status negotiations.”

Issa ended his statement saying, “The IOA confiscation and demolition of citizens’ houses and property in different regions of the occupied Palestinian territories especially in the occupied city of Jerusalem are in flagrant violation of the principles of international humanitarian law.”

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