Distributing administrative demolition orders in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh
Joint crews from the Jerusalem municipality and Israeli forces raided the town of Silwan and distributed administrative demolition orders to four houses and a financial establishment in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh under the pretext of building without a permit. Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that employees of the Jerusalem municipality handed out five administrative demolition orders to the families of Siam, Gheith, Aweidah and Al-Tawil. Siam family pointed out that the occupation forces broke into their house and handed them the order, noting that their 50- square meter house has been built since the 1990’s and 7 individuals reside in it which is the same case in the 65-sqaure meter house that belongs to Gheith family. Al-Tawil family were handed a demolition order to demolish a total area of 2 square meters that was added for a commercial store built since the 1970’s. The forces also broke into the house of Jawad Siam, director of Wadi Hilweh Information Center, and handed him an administrative demolition order for his 70-sqauer meter house. The house was built before occupying Jerusalem in 1952 where four individuals live. In 2002, the family renovated the roof of the house by substituting the tin plates by bricks and they renovated it once more this year because of the water leakage they suffer from in the winter. The municipality crews hung an administrative demolition order on a residential building that belongs to Qaraeen family in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh. The building which was built in 1998 contains three apartments and has 13 individuals living in it. More than 130 thousand NIS in building violation fees were paid and the family had been trying to obtain a building permit and have hired a lawyer and an engineer to follow up with the case and paid more than 70 thousand US dollars but to no avail. The municipality crews took pictures of several other houses in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh in addition to photographing the entrances and exits of the neighbourhoods.