Pictures: Demolition operations in the city of Jerusalem targeting commercial and residential establishments
December 6, 2016

Municipality crews execute last week a series of demolitions in the city of Jerusalem and targeted two under-construction houses, a barrack for horses and three commercial establishments under the pretext of building without a permit.

Occupation forces raided on Tuesday (Dec. 6th) the neighborhoods of Al-Thori and Karm Al-Sheikh in Silwan and demolished two houses for Abbasi family and a barrack for Shweiki family.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation’s bulldozers demolished the houses of Saeed Abbasi and his brother Naser in the neighborhood of Karm Al-Sheikh in Silwan; note that they had self-demolished parts of their homes last Saturday following an order from the municipality’s court. They were surprised by the demolition operation.

Abbasi family explained that municipality crews threatened to impose fines on the owners of the establishment if they don’t clean the rubble of the two houses.

The two brothers had built the houses nearly two and a half years ago with a total area of 300 square meters. After finishing construction on the outside, municipality crews raided the area and handed them a demolition order under the pretext of building without a permit. They attempted to obtain a building permit as they were threatened to be jailed if they continue the construction.

Demolishing a barracks

In the neighborhood of Al-Thori in Silwan and for the second time in less than a month, the occupation’s bulldozers demolished a barracks owned by Ala’ Shweiki. He pointed out that the municipality had previously demolished barracks he owns last month.

Shweiki explained that the bulldozers demolished a horses’ barracks and seized one horse; they also swept the land.

Demolishing a commercial establishment

On Monday (Dec. 5th), the bulldozers demolished a commercial establishments owned by Samer Risheq near the entrance of Shu’fat Refugee Camp.

Risheq explained that the establishment is nearly 30 square meters and has been established for one year and is being used for selling sandwiches and drinks.

Demolishing a carwash and car dealership

In the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, the bulldozers demolished two barracks (built from aluminum, wood and glass) and a warehouse for Usama Bader and his brother Bashar under the pretext of building without a permit.

The two brothers explained that the establishment consists of a carwash and a car dealership and were built 14 years ago; 7 families live off this business.

They added that municipality bulldozers raided on Monday morning their commercial establishment and demolished both barracks (an office and storage for oil). They confiscated the equipment of the carwash (water pump, vacuum cleaners, doors and other equipment) without presenting a demolition order. They executed they demolition on top of the contents of the storage and the two barracks and were not given enough time to empty them.

They also added that the municipality issued a demolition order to their establishment and was postponed several times as a hearing session was supposed to be held on 15/2/2017.