The injury of an activist, demolishing a building and displacing its residents
February 22, 2021


On Monday morning, the occupation municipality’s bulldozers demolished the building of the Alayan family in the village of Issawiya, under the pretext of building without a permit.

Wadi Hilweh-Jerusalem Information Center stated that the occupation forces gathered at the entrances to Issawiya in the early hours of Monday morning, then stormed the village and deployed in its streets, reaching the Alayan family building. After surrounding the building and the roads leading to it, a large number of forces stormed the building and started evacuating the residents including “Women, Children and Young Men”. Meanwhile, the municipality crews photographed the building from the inside, and then the bulldozers began the demolition process.

The center added that the forces assaulted a young man while he was on the roof of the building.

The Alayan family explained that its building has been in existence for 10 years, and the municipality imposed on it a violation of "unlicensed construction", valued at 16,000 shekels, and until Sunday, the family was in the process of licensing the building "within the new master plan of the village”, but the Alayan family was surprised by a phone call informing them of the municipality’s decision to reject their request, and the necessity to empty the building before demolishing it.”

The family added that they emptied the contents of the building and dismantled the windows and doors on Sunday.

The building of the Alayan family consists of two floors, "4 apartments", where 17 people live.

After the demolition process ended and the forces withdrew from the site, they stormed the site of the demolition again and confiscated the Palestinian flags that were hung on the rubble of the demolition, and heavily fired sound grenades and rubber bullets at the site.

The activist and a member of the follow-up committee in the village of Issawiya, Mohammad Abu Al-Hummus, was wounded with a rubber bullet in the abdominal, and was also assaulted with rifle butts on his hand.