Dozens of Israeli soldiers and members of the Jerusalem City Council invaded, Wednesday, the Ein al-Louza area, in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and handed a family orders for the destruction of their buildings.
Israel alleges the constructions are without a permit, and that they are located in what it described as “a green area”, although the family owns the land.
The family said the orders target two residential buildings belonging to Hammouda and his brother Mahran Siyam.
They said the two buildings were built more than ten years ago, and are home to 20 family members.
The first building has four apartments on two floors, and the second has one apartment.
The family already paid more than 650.000 NIS in fines, and repeatedly tried to obtain all legal documents but Israel kept rejecting their applications, the Maan News Agency said.
The Palestinians are largely denied construction permits in occupied Jerusalem, and cannot even modify their existing homes and buildings, while Israel continues to illegally confiscate Palestinian lands for the construction and expansion of Jewish-only settlements.
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) stated in a previous report that the Palestinians continue to endure violence, displacement, disposition and deprivation largely in direct violation of International Law.
It said around 27000 Palestinian structures have been demolished by Israel in occupied Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank since it illegally captured the territory in 1967.
ICAHD added that, in 2014, Israel demolished 329 Palestinian structures, displacing 629 Palestinians.
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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reprimanded the Palestinian unity agreement, saying Tel Aviv will not stop settlement constructions.
Press TV conducted an interview with Ralph Schoenman, the author of The Hidden History of Zionism and a political commentator in Berkeley, concerning Israel’s reaction towards the Palestinian unity deal.
Press TV: Israel keeps condemning the Palestinian unity deal. Will that, in fact, change anything on the ground?
Schoenman: Well, I think you have to bear in mind, you were quoting from Avigdor Lieberman, Foreign Minister. On February 14 2009 Avigdor Lieberman called for the expulsion of Palestinians from the Jewish state. He has been unabashed in making explicit with the basic content of Zionist occupation of Palestine in Catos, mainly removal of Palestinian people from their land and from history.
And this is a continuing process, but if I could just quote to you briefly from the chapter five of my book, The Seizure of the Land and The Hidden History of Zionism, this is Moshe Dayan, the former chief of staff and minister of defense chief, uninhibited in his summary of the nature of Zionistic occupation, when he addressed the Israel institute of technology, “We came here to a country populated by Arabs and we are building here an exclusive Hebrew Jewish state, instead of Arab villages, Jewish villages were established. You do not even know the names of these villages, and I do not blame you, because these geography books no longer exist. Not only the books, the villages do not exist, Nahalal was established in place of Mahalul, Gevat in place of Jibta, Sarid in the place of Hanifas and Kafr Yehoushua in the place of Tel Shamam. There is not a single settlement that was not established in the place of a former Arab village”.
That’s the legacy, that’s the history, that’s the constant policy. That’s the dynamic and nature of the Zionist occupation of Palestine, the displacement of its people.
And when [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu declared in 2009 that his country will continue to expand its settlements, despite the calls by President Barack Obama or anyone else for this expansion to stop, that was the continuation of the constant policy articulated constantly by the Zionist spokesperson and enacted on the ground.
Press TV: Israel has threatened more settlements construction, specifically, in response to this Palestinian unity deal. Where does the international community, which has, as you mentioned, condemn Israeli settlement activity in the past, stand on this?
Schoenman: Well, I mean, as we have often we discussed on Press TV, the basic issue here, is that the Israeli state is an extension of US imperial power. It’s armed to the teeth by the United States. It’s been financed with over USD 100 billion in the past half century, and all the sub- imperial countries of NATO, and the country-selling regimes that, basically, populate the United Nations, whatever the rich service they give to self-determination, in practical terms, sustain the undertaking of the Israeli state and when the Israelis are condemned of the internal politics of the Palestinian movement, in relation to Hamas, the Palestinian Authority or what have you, all of that is just one more rhetorical flourish to maintain the policy of a constant removal, and the international community, as it’s called, does virtually nothing of any practical meaning.
After all, there was a formal condemnation of the Israeli settlements, and the US immediately vetoed that in the UN Security Council, this is the continuing policy that occurred in February of this year. What has happened on the part of other countries in the UN? Nothing, no condemnation of the UN veto, and no further action with respect to Israeli subjugation of the Palestinian population; he, on February 27, warns of Israelis’ plan to expel 600 Jerusalemites. It’s ethnic cleansing, that’s the permanent character of the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and their objective is very clear. They are going to impose a kind of Bantustan de facto continually removing Palestinian land, continually seizing their land, I’m sure there is no basis.
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