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Demolitions in the Jerusalem area, November 2021: 61, including 26 minors, lose their homes

On the orders of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Civil Administration, over the course of November, 45 structures were demolished in the part of the West Bank annexed to the city’s mun...
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Demolitions in the Jerusalem area, November 2021: 61, including 26 minors, lose their homes

On the orders of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Civil Administration, over the course of November, 45 structures were demolished in the part of the West Bank annexed to the city’s municipal boundaries and adjacent areas belonging to the al-Quds District of the Palestinian Authority.

By order of the authorities, 61 people, including 26 minors, lost their homes after 18 residential units were demolished. Ten of the homes (seven of which were demolished by the owners) had been occupied, housing 39 people, including 11 minors, who have now been left homeless. Eight others had not been occupied yet and were slated to house 22 individuals, including 15 minors (three of these homes were demolished by the owners). In addition, a kindergarten and 26 commercial or agricultural structures were demolished, including a construction material showroom and a gas station.

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.

Some of the demolitions were documented in the video clips appearing below.

Demolition details:

  • On Wednesday, 3 November 2021, at around 3:00 A.M., the Civil Administration demolished seven commercial structures, some made of tin, as well as foundations for a cinderblock structure, in the village of Hizma, al-Quds District. The demolished structures had been used to support 25 individuals, including five minors.
     
  • That morning, the Jerusalem Municipality demolished the home of a family of nine, including three minors, in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber in East Jerusalem. The municipality then demolished a structure housing a coffee shop in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, supporting a family of three, including a minor.
     
  • On Tuesday, 9 November 2021, at around 7:00 A.M., the Civil Administration demolished the home of a family of five and two other homes slated to house two other families with a total of 13 members, including nine children, in the neighborhood of Ein 'Ein Jozah, which lies in the part of the village of al-Walajah Israel annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality boundaries. The families began construction on these houses after the authorities demolished their previous homes in August this year.
     
  • That same morning, the Jerusalem Municipality demolished a structure that had served as a daycare center for more than 100 children in the part of Beit Safafa located beyond the Green Line. The owner of the structure rebuilt it after the municipality demolished the previous daycare on 17 August 2021.
     
  • That evening, a family from Beit Hanina was forced to demolish a structure with two rental units, after receiving a demolition order from the municipality.
     
  • On Friday, 12 November 2021, a family of four, including two minors, was forced to demolish its own home in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber, following a demolition order issued by the municipality.
     
  • On Saturday, 13 November 2021, a family of five was forced to demolish its own home in the neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, following a demolition order issued by the municipality.
     
  • On Tuesday, 16 November 2021, at around 5:00 A.M., the Civil Administration destroyed a kiosk, a greengrocery and two gas stations in the area between Qalandia Refugee Camp and the town of a-Ram in al-Quds District, which supported three families with a total of 26 members, including ten minors. The next day, Wednesday, 17 November 2021, at around noon, the Civil Administration demolished four shacks used as livestock pens and confiscated a prefab used for agricultural storage in the village of a-Za’ayem, al-Quds District. The livestock pens provided a source of income for four families belonging to the same extended family.
     
  • That evening, a family of eight, including six minors, was forced to demolish a house it had begun building in the neighborhood of a-Shayah on Olive Mount in East Jerusalem, after the municipality had issued a demolition order for it. On Sunday, 21 November 2021, the Civil Administration demolished two shacks used for agricultural purposes in the village of a-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah, al-Quds District.
     
  • On Tuesday, 23 November 2021, at around 6:00 A.M., the Civil Administration demolished two structures: a two-story building housing a family of five, including three minors, and the home of a single person in the neighborhood of Wadi al-Hummus, the eastern extension of Zur Baher, in East Jerusalem. The Civil Administration then demolished a four-story residential building under construction with three units and a parking garage on the other side of the Separation Barrier.
     
  • On Friday, 26 November 2021, a family of four was forced to demolish its home in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber, after the municipality issued a demolition order for it.
     
  • On Monday, 29 November 2021, at around 6:00 A.M., the Civil Administration demolished a roughly 1,000 square-meter building used as a construction material showroom in the neighborhood of ‘Anata, al-Quds District. The business supported about 20 families.
     
  • At around 11:00 A.M. the same morning, absentee property enforcement officers demolished two offices and a wooden shack used by a transportation company and another shack used as a stable in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem. The structures were used to support a family of seven, including a minor.
     
  • That same day, a resident of Jabal al-Mukabber was forced to demolish a wall he had begun building around his land, where he was planning to start a business, after the municipality issued a demolition order for it. On Tuesday, 30 November 2021, at around 9:00 A.M., the Jerusalem Municipality demolished the home of a family of five, including three minors, in the neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem. That same day, a resident of Jabal al-Mukabber was forced to demolish the home in which he lived alone after the municipality issued a demolition order for it.

 

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