In pictures: Demolition and sweeping in Wad Al-Joz and Jabal Al-Mukabber
March 31, 2015

The occupation bulldozers demolished on Tuesday morning residential establishments and others used for raising horses in the neighborhood of Wad Al-Joz in Jerusalem without prior notice. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the municipality’s bulldozers raided and surrounded the neighborhood and closed some of the roads leading to the targeted area (Bridge area) which is only few meters away from Lions Gate (one of Al-Aqsa Gates). Demolishing an establishment that has been built since many years Witnesses explained that the demolition targeted establishments owned by Amro family and other establishments used for raiding horses owned by Totah family; the demolition was executed without prior notice. Amro family explained that the occupation raided the their house and detained all family members in one room and then started demolishing parts of their house (a room, a balcony, storage area and walls); note that the total area demolished was 80 square meters. Dr. Jamal Amro explained that the occupation assaulted his two brothers (Nour Eddin and Sharif) and pushed them, and the police chased two children who were holding Palestinian flags and attempted to arrest them. Amro added that the room was used for “Ablutions” by the bus drivers who transfer the Palestinians from the 1948 lands to Al-Aqsa Mosque. Amro explained that the establishments demolished on Tuesday were established before the occupation of Jerusalem. Demolishing 5 rooms built 25 years ago Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation bulldozers also demolished 5 rooms owned by Hani Totah in which four of the five rooms were used for raising horses and the fifth was used as a play area for his children. Hani Totah explained that the 80-square meters rooms were built from bricks and were roofed with tin plates.  He also explained that the municipality carried out the demolition without prior notice and without the existence of a demolition order against the rooms that were licensed by the municipality 25 years ago. Demolishing the foundations of houses The occupation bulldozers also demolished the foundations of three houses owned by Abbasi family in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber under the pretext of building without a permit. Saeed Abbasi explained that the family started building the foundations of the houses only four months ago so that two of his sons and his brother can move and live in the new houses (nearly 20 individuals). He explained that the family knew about the demolition order which was hung on the foundations of the houses last Saturday. They tried to postpone it but the bulldozers executed the demolition process.