The arrest of 115 residents from Jerusalem in the last 24 hours
The Israeli forces arrested on Monday 40 Jerusalemites from Shu’fat refugee camp and Beit Hanina after raiding their homes and commercial stores. Bassam Abu Hleil said that a large number of Israeli forces raided Al-Manara building located in “Tal Al-Foul” close to King Hussein’s Palace in Beit Hanina and arrested 25 people and took them to Al-Maskobyeh in West Jerusalem for investigation. Abu Hleil also said that several charges were directed at some of the owners such as: Non-payment of accumulated taxes on the land for several years, buying unlicensed houses and the existence of a dispute over the ownership of the land since the building is built on 1000 square meters and the legal ownership is only 400 square meters. He also pointed out that the building was constructed in 2003 and the residents bought their apartment at different times and one of the contract’s conditions was (apply to obtain a building permit for the residential apartments, and if there is any dispute or problem with the land or the apartments, then the contract will be invalid and they get their money back.) Abu Hleil explained that the building has 25 apartments where approximately 250 people live, and the municipality recently imposed a fine of 1.4 million NIS on the residents and they also received demolition warnings due to the lack of permits but they were delayed few times in order to issue a building permit. Meanwhile, Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that Israeli forces raided Shu’fat refugee camp and raided several commercial stores and arrested seven owners; they also arrested eight workers from the West bank. In a related matter, the occupation forces arrested 75 Jerusalemites from Dahyet Al-Salam on Sunday, after raiding their homes. Bassam Abu Hleil explained that the occupation forces raided on Sunday a complex in Dahyet Al-Salam that has 87 residential apartments, and arrested the owners under the pretext of building without a permit and accumulation of unpaid taxes. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the Magistrate court released them after imposing monthly fines on them in order to pay off the accumulated taxes.