JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Tuesday delivered demolition notices to three Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
Jawad Siyam, head of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said that Israeli municipality employees delivered three demolition orders to houses in the Ras al-Bustan area.
One of the houses that delivered a demolition notice was built 25 years ago and is licensed by the municipality, Siyam said.
The Israeli municipality also delivered a demolition order to a store belonging to the al-Abbasi family in the Ein al-Luza neighborhood of Silwan.
The orders were delivered on the same day that authorities destroyed a recently-built home in the neighborhood housing 14 members of the same family.
Israel rarely grants construction permits to Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and regularly demolishes structures built without permits.
Israeli bulldozers demolished at least 590 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2014, displacing 1,177 people, according to the UN.
Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem live within territory Israel has unilaterally annexed, they lack citizenship rights and are instead classified only as “residents” whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.
Jerusalem Palestinians face discrimination in all aspects of life including housing, employment, and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel’s separation wall.