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Israeli court orders the demolition of 29 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

February 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

An Israeli court has issued a ruling which allows the municipal authorities in Occupied Jerusalem to destroy 29 Palestinian homes in the Silwan district of al-Bustan, south of the Aqsa Mosque. The demolition order includes the residence of the head of the Committee for the Defence of Silwan, Fakhri Abu-Thiab.

Mr Thiab clarified that the court had given the Municipality the green light to go ahead with the demolition of the 29 homes after rejecting an intervention by the Jerusalemite residents demanding a postponement. He clarified that after exhausting all avenues of defence available to them, a number of residents had received official demolition orders from the court which indicated that the demolition would be implemented imminently. He also stressed that across its institutions, the Israeli occupation invented various ‘legal’ strategies to implement its schemes to Judaise the al-Bustan district.

The head of the Committee for the Defence of the Silwan stated that his home was among those threatened with demolition, and spoke of “the fear and anxiety of the unknown fate that awaits these families whose homes are to be demolished.” He added, “I enter rooms of the house and I know that it may be the last time that I enter my home and have dinner in it.”

Source: Occupied Jerusalem – Quds Press