Sweeping lands and demolishing agricultural establishments in the village of Esawyeh
The occupation bulldozers demolished on Wednesday morning agricultural establishments and swept wide areas of land in the village of Esawyeh. Mohammad Abu Hummos, member of follow-up committee in the village of Esawyeh, explained that occupation forces along with three bulldozers and municipality crews and Nature and Parks authority raided the village on Wednesday around 5 a.m. They stormed into wide areas of land in the eastern part of the village and carried out a sweeping process and also demolished several agricultural establishments in the lands. They also removed trees and damaged agricultural roads and the borders between the lands. Abu Hummos added that the lands swept are aimed to be confiscated by the occupation authorities in favor of the “National Parks” project and to connect the settlement of “Maale Adomim” with the city of Jerusalem. Several appeals were submitted by the locals of Esawyeh and Al-Tur against this settlement project in the last few years resulting in the cancellation of the project. The National Committee for Planning and Building decided in 2014 to freeze the project and conditioned the Jerusalem municipality and Nature and Parks authority to study the needs of the locals in terms of schools, kindergartens, homes and medical centers before proceeding with the project.