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Demolitions in the Jerusalem area, December 2021: 92, including 41 minors, lose their homes

On Jerusalem Municipality and Civil Administration orders, 35 structures were demolished throughout December in the part of the West Bank annexed to the Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries a...
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Demolitions in the Jerusalem area, December 2021: 92, including 41 minors, lose their homes

On Jerusalem Municipality and Civil Administration orders, 35 structures were demolished throughout December in the part of the West Bank annexed to the Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries and in adjacent areas lying within the al-Quds District of the Palestinian Authority.

Ninety-two people, including 42 minors, lost their homes after 14 residential units, including two under construction, were demolished. Twelve of the homes (eight of which were demolished by the owners) had been occupied by a total of 85 people, including 39 minors, who have now been left homeless. Two others were not yet occupied and were slated to house seven individuals, including three minors (one of these homes was demolished by its owners).

The municipality also completed the demolition of a home that was demolished by its owners last month.

In addition, 21 non-residential structures, including 18 commercial structures that were a source of income for at least 80 families, were demolished.

The Israeli apartheid regime treats the territory it controls as meant to serve the Jewish public only, almost entirely barring Palestinian development. But Palestinians need homes, too, and when they have no choice but to build without permits, the regime demolishes their homes. “Enforcing the law” is merely an excuse for cementing Jewish supremacy.

Demolition details:

On Wednesday, 1 December 2021, at around 10:00 A.M., the Civil Administration demolished a commercial warehouse in the neighborhood of Abu Dis, al-Quds District, that belonged to a family of eight, including six minors.

On Thursday, 2 December 2021, at 6:00 A.M., the Jerusalem Municipality demolished a fence and an agricultural shack belonging to two families in the part of the village of al-Walajah annexed to Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries.

On Friday, 3 December 2021, a family of five, including three minors, was forced to demolish its own home, which was still under construction, in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber after receiving a demolition order from the municipality.

On Saturday, 4 December 2021, a family of five, including three minors, was forced to demolish its own home in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina after receiving a demolition order from the municipality.

On Monday, 6 December 2021, a family of six, including four minors, was forced to demolish its own home in the neighborhood of Silwan after receiving a demolition order from the municipality.

On Tuesday, 14 December 2021, at 7:00 A.M., the municipality demolished a warehouse that also contained a toilet facility in a parking lot near the Dung Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

That day, at around 10:00 A.M., the municipality demolished the remnants of a home of a family of eight, including six minors, in the a-Shayah neighborhood on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem after the family demolished its own home last month following a demolition order issued by the municipality.

An hour later, the municipality demolished the home of a family of 11, including five minors, in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber.

That day, three families from the same extended family, numbering 26 people, including 11 minors, were forced to demolish their own homes in the neighborhood of Silwan following a demolition order issued by the municipality.

On Sunday, 19 December 2021, a family of 10 was forced to demolish its car wash business, which included an office, a toilet and a kitchenette, in the neighborhood of Um Tuba following a demolition order issued by the municipality.

On Tuesday, 21 December 2021, a family of six, including three minors, was forced to demolish its own home in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber following a demolition order issued by the municipality.

On Monday, 27 December 2021, at around 2:00 A.M., the municipality demolished 14 commercial structures near the village of Hizma in al-Quds District. The tin-roofed cinderblock structures included two car wash facilities, eight garages, a gas station, a cellphone shop, an office and a supermarket, which had provided an income for 10 families, numbering at least 73 people.

That day, at around 11:00 A.M., the municipality demolished a three-story building in the neighborhood of al-‘Esawiyah that belonged to three families from a single extended family, which numbered 21 people in total, including eight minors. The first floor of the building was rented out and served as a restaurant until about a month ago.

On Tuesday, 28 December 2021, a family of eight, including five minors, was forced to demolish its own home in the neighborhood of Um Laysun following a demolition order issued by the municipality.

On Wednesday, 29 December 2021, at around 7:00 A.M., the municipality demolished a house under construction in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber slated to house a young couple that was about to get married.

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