Silwan committee: 130, 000 Jerusalemites are homeless

[ PIC 07/11/2012 – 09:06 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Silwan defense committee said that the Israeli occupation regime has displaced at least 130,000 Jerusalemite natives after seizing or demolishing their homes in the holy city.

However, the committee did not indicate if this number of Jerusalemite natives aforementioned has been displaced by Israel since its occupation of the holy city or not.

The committee also said in a report that 22,500 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and its environs are threatened with demolition after the Israeli authorities classified them as illegal.

According to the report it issued on Tuesday, 52 percent of the Palestinian land in Jerusalem is occupied by 18 Israeli settlements that were established after the occupation of the city.

28 percent of Jerusalem land is classified as green zones where it is prohibited for the Palestinian natives to build on, and they can be considered as a strategic reserve for the building of settlement projects and outposts in the future, while about 10 percent comprises the roads, streets and public facilities and the remaining 10 percent are the areas used by the natives.

The Israeli occupation authority, however, imposes restrictions on the natives to make it hard for them to receive construction permits to expand or build homes or structures in the 10 percent areas where they live.

Head of Silwan committee Fakhri Abu Diyab noted the Israel regime has demolished at least 2, 019 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem since 1948.


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