Jerusalem Municipality demolishes two homes and a snack shop in East Jerusalem
On the morning of Tuesday, 6 November 2018, at about 6:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with two bulldozers and a Border Police and special Israel Police forces escort to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. They demolished two tin-roofed cement structures which had been the homes of two families, numbering 11 persons, including 5 minors. Later that morning, at around 10:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with a bulldozer and a Border Police escort to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and demolished a snack shop.
The Jerusalem Municipality deliberately avoids preparing detailed urban building plans (UBPs), which are the only avenue for obtaining building permits, for the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. The result is a severe shortage of homes, public buildings, infrastructure and leisure and commercial facilities. This has left the residents no choice but to build without permits and risk demolition.
Video filmed by 'Amer 'Aruri, B'Tselem