Silwan- Demolition orders against 4 houses take-effect in the middle of the current month
April 9, 2019

Four families from the neighborhood of Wadi Yasoul in Silwan are living in a state of anxiety and instability following the decision of the District court to demolish their homes, which will come into effect in the middle of this month.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center / Silwan explained that the residents of Wad Yasoul neighborhood in the village have been trying for years to license their residential facilities and submitted building plans to the competent authorities in the light of the housing shortage in the area. However, their requests were rejected by the municipality. Recently, the District court issued a decision to demolish 4 houses in the neighborhood.

The center quoted Khalid Shweiki, a member of the committee for the protection of land and property in Silwan, as saying that the houses threatened with demolition belong to the families of Burqan, Al-Qaq, and Kashur. The houses have been in existence since the year 2000, and each family was fined and had to pay building violation fees that exceeded NIS 100 thousand for each house.

Shweiki added: "Over the past years, these families have tried to license their homes from the competent authorities. Unfortunately, the refusal is the response every time, until the District Court recently issued a demolition order and will enter into effect on April 14th.”

Shweiki explained that the occupation municipality claims that the area is classified as a "green land" in which construction is prohibited. He said: “After we went to the municipality during the past years, families were granted between 5 months and 12 months to license their facilities, knowing that the licensing procedures and turning the land into a land where construction is allowed take more than 4 years.”

Shweiki added that the residents of Wad Yasoul neighborhood have presented planning schemes for the area since 2002, and since then they have been engaged in a struggle in the municipality and the various courts to approve the submittedplans, pointing out that there are 84 houses in the neighborhood with more than 400 people.