JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli municipality officers issued five demolition orders in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Monday, a local group said.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said Israel’s Jerusalem municipality attached five demolition orders to properties in the neighborhood, with owners given 30 days to appeal to Israeli courts.
Some of the buildings are under construction, while one property was built 45 years ago, the center said.
Israeli municipality officers, accompanied by armed forces, also took pictures of the properties.
One of the owners, Walid Ahmad Abed al-Razzaq, said his home was built 45 years ago and no new structures have been added. Nine members of his family currently live in the property.
Silwan has been a repeated site of Israeli settler incursions and attempts to evict Palestinian locals.
On Saturday, the Jerusalem District Court rejected a bid by the Jerusalem municipality to confiscate a private Palestinian property in Wadi Qaddum in Silwan, rejecting the municipality’s claim that the land was public property.
However, last Wednesday, settlers invaded a building and took over three apartments, while in October last year, hardline settlers moved into 35 apartments in Silwan, sparking anger and consternation among locals.
Some were allegedly acquired fraudulently, and others legally.
Jewish groups buying up property in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods is an explosive political issue because it touches on the future of East Jerusalem, which the international community sees as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
AFP contributed to this report.