Pictures- Demolition and displacement…violent clashes in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber
February 13, 2023

On Monday, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished residential facilities and fences in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber, in the city of Jerusalem, amid violent clashes took place in the village for several hours.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Jerusalem, quoting the residents of Jabal Al-Mukabber, stated that the forces stormed the Bashir neighborhood at five in the morning, and surrounded the houses belonging to the citizen Ibrahim Bashir and his two sons. The women and children were not spared from the attack.

Ibrahim Bashir explained that the bulldozers demolished two houses, "his house and the house of his son Muhannad" in the same area, an apartment divided into two houses, in addition to demolishing part of his son Adham's house, a few meters away from him.

Bashir added that the 17 people lived in the houses, including women and children.

He explained that the house of his son Adham had been in existence since 2010, while his house and his son Muhannad’s house have been since 2016, and fines of 150,000 shekels were imposed on the family, pointing out that the municipality threatened to impose a fine on him for "a demolition fee for the municipality's crews and the accompanying forces."

Bashir added that he obtained a freeze on the demolition decisions for a year, but with the new government and the instructions of the extremist minister, Itamar Ben Gavir, the implementation of the demolition decisions was accelerated.

In order to reach the homes of Ibrahim and Muhannad, the bulldozers also demolished walls belonging to the Ja’abis family. The young man, Musallam Ja’abis, explained that the bulldozers bulldozed the family’s land, demolished the retaining walls and wooden poles, and smashed what was on the ground, to reach the site of the Bashir family’s house, pointing to the danger of collapse that might occur after the demolition of the wall.

The village of Jabal Al-Mukabber witnessed violent confrontations, and the forces fired live bullets, rubber bullets, and tear gas and sound bombs intensively.

The young men also burned offices belonging to the occupation municipality, which are mobile rooms/barracks, in Jabal Al-Mukabber.

Dozens of injuries were recorded "by rubber bullets and shrapnel from sound bombs, in addition to cases of suffocation." Some were taken to hospital for treatment.

Among the injuries was Al-Jazeera cameraman Wael Al-Salaymeh, who was hit with a rubber bullet in the leg.