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August 2021: Jerusalem Municipality continues demolition rampage: 66 residents, including 39 minors, lost their homes in East Jerusalem

In August 2021,16 structures were demolished in East Jerusalem (including part of the village of al-Walajah annexed to the city’s municipal jurisdiction), some of which were under constru...
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August 2021: Jerusalem Municipality continues demolition rampage: 66 residents, including 39 minors, lost their homes in East Jerusalem

In August 2021,16 structures were demolished in East Jerusalem (including part of the village of al-Walajah annexed to the city’s municipal jurisdiction), some of which were under construction. Fourteen were residential buildings and 12 of those, which were owned by 12 families numbering 66 people in total, including 39 minors, were inhabited. Two other residential buildings were under construction or not yet inhabited. Six of the homes were demolished by the authorities and eight were demolished by their owners on the authorities’ orders. In addition, two non-residential structures including a kindergarten were demolished by the municipality.

Some of the demolitions were captured in the following videos. This has been Israel's policy ever since the occupation began and East Jerusalem annexed. Israel has devised legal excuses to gradually empty East Jerusalem of Palestinians. It refuses to draft zoning plans that would allow construction. So, just to have a roof over their heads, Palestinians are forced to build without permits. The authorities then demolish their homes for being built "unlawfully." Demographic majority for Jews, demolition for Palestinians.

Details of the demolitions in August:

  • On Tuesday, 10 August 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with a Border Police escort and a bulldozer to the Biaer Ayub area of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The forces demolished a two-story building that contained two apartments housing two families, numbering seven people in total, including two minors.
  • The same day, a family was forced to demolish their home, still under construction, in the ‘Esawiyah neighborhood on orders of the municipality.
  • On Friday, 13 August 2021, a family of six, including four minors, was forced to demolish their home in the Silwan neighborhood on orders of the municipality.
  • Two days later, on Sunday, 15 August 2021, a couple were forced two demolish their home in the neighborhood of a-Tur on orders of the municipality.
  • On Tuesday, 17 August 2021, at around 10:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with a Border Police escort and a bulldozer to the Jabal Mukabber neighborhood and demolished the home of a family of five, including three minors.
  • The same day, Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with a Border Police escort to a section of the Beit Safafa neighborhood which lies beyond the Green Line, and demolished a structure that served as a kindergarten.
  • On Monday, 23 August 2021, a family of eight, including five minors, was forced to demolish their home in the Beit Hanina neighborhood on orders of the municipality. The demolition was carried out in several stages. On Saturday evening, 28 August 2021, a 17-year-old from the neighborhood who came to the scene to watch the demolition with other youths was killed when a wall collapsed on him.
  • On Wednesday, 25 August 2021, at around 10:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with a Border Police escort and a bulldozer to the neighborhood of Ras al-‘Amud and demolished the second story of a house under construction.
  • On Wednesday, 25 August 2021, at around 10:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel came with a Border Police escort and a bulldozer to the village of al-Walajah. There, they demolished the homes of two brothers and their families in a section of the village located within Jerusalem’s municipal borders on orders of the Ministry of Interior. The demolition left 13 people, including nine minors, homeless.
  • On Thursday, 26 August 2021, a family of five, including three minors, was forced to demolish part of their home in the neighborhood of Silwan on orders of the municipality.
  • On Friday, 27 August 2021, three families from the same extended family, numbering 18 people, including 11 minors, were forced to demolish their three homes in the Beit Hanina neighborhood on orders of the municipality.
  • On Monday, 30 August 2021, a family of seven, including five minors, was forced to demolish their home in the Jabal Mukabber neighborhood.

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