Orders to demolish Al-Qa’qa’ Mosque, a house and one residential room in Silwan
August 23, 2015

The occupation municipality’s crews hung demolition orders on a mosque, house and a residential room in Silwan on Thursday. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation municipality hung a demolition order on Al-Qa’qa’ Mosque in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan. The individual responsible for the mosque, Hani Abu Tayeh, explained that the municipality hung a demolition order on the 110-square meters mosque under the pretext of building without a permit. Hani pointed out that the mosque has been established for 3 years to serve the residents of Ein Al-Lozeh (nearly five thousand people). Abu Tayeh added that the demolition order was issued four months ago which can also be challenged within 30 days. He said: “the order was only hung on the Mosque on Thursday in an attempt to prevent us from objecting”. He also said that the order is based on “law 212” which is used by the municipality and prosecution to execute demolition orders. This law allows the public prosecution to issue a demolition order against an establishment that was built without a permit even if the builder is unknown. He said: “the occupation authorities harass us and want to demolish our mosques even though it is the only mosque in the area while they build synagogues for settlers on our lands.” In a related matter, the occupation municipality hung a demolition order on a residential room owned by Eyad Abbasi in the area of “Upper Ein” in Silwan. Abbasi explained that the municipality hung a demolition order on a room and its facilities with a total area of 35 square meters; note that it was established 12 years ago. Abbasi pointed out that the occupation’s bulldozers recently demolished two storages and two rooms that he owned also under the pretext of building without a permit. The municipality also hung a demolition order on a house where six individuals live. 11909623_10152977319522466_407147915_n