Pictures- Silwan: Occupation authorities confiscate a warehouse under the pretext of “public benefit”
January 2, 2018

The occupation authorities confiscated on Tuesday morning a warehouse owned by Abu Hadwan family in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan under the pretext of “public benefit”.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation Special Forces, municipality crews, Nature and Parks authority and workers raided a warehouse owned by Abed Mohammad Abu Hadwan after breaking the locks, and started emptying it out in order to seize it.

Abu Hadwan family explained to the center that they were surprised on Tuesday morning by the occupation authorities’ raid on their warehouse which was established many years ago; they seized the facility under the pretext of “public benefit”. The family said they have all official documents that prove their ownership of the warehouse, but the officer refused the documents and ordered the workers and forced to empty the warehouse and close it to prevent the family from using it.

The family also added that the forces completely emptied the 160-sqauere meters warehouse, while the workers damaged the facilities inside the warehouse before closing its gates.

According to the family, the occupation municipality confiscated parts of the family’s land years ago in order to open a street in the area. Today, they are harassing the family and confiscating their warehouse even though the Israeli courts confirmed the family’s ownership of the warehouse and no one has the right to confiscate it.

The occupation forces assaulted and pushed the young men who attempted to reach the warehouse while it was being seized.

Demolishing a barracks

On the other hand, the occupation authorities demolished on Tuesday morning a sheep barracks in Wadi Hilweh, Silwan owned by Omar Al-Qaq.

The center was aware the workers demolished the barrack which was established 5 years ago, and also swept planted trees.