House demolitions and forced evictions for Palestinians in Israel

By Kerry Hutchinson…

There is a small suburb in east Jerusalem called Silwan. Predominantly Palestinian, but wth a small Jewish settler enclave, it came under Israeli municipal control in 1967. Underneath Silwan are allegedly the remains of part of “The City of David” and Jerusalem’s mayor Barkat wants to create an attractive archaeological tourist park there, to be known as “Garden of the King”. But to do so twenty Palestinian homes must be demolished.

The justification is that these homes were built illegally, that is, without planning permission. And by the time you read this, the bulldozers may have already moved in.

The problem with this kind of draconian approach is that it is entirely one-sided – Palestinian homes built without planning permission are demolished, yet dwellings built illegally by Jews, are not.

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