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Israel orders demolition of five buildings in Issawiya

Feb. 6, 2019 4:11 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 7, 2019 12:01 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Staff members of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem delivered demolition notices to Palestinian-owned buildings in the Issawiya neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, member of a local follow-up committee, told Ma'an that staff members from the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem escorted by Israeli forces stormed Issawiya and delivered demolition notices to several Palestinian-owned buildings, under the pretext of being built without a permit.

Israeli forces also took photographs of five housing and commercial buildings to be demolished.

Israel uses the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.

For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem's illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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