JERUSALEM, May 27, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the neighborhood of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to local sources.
WAFA correspondent said an Israeli police contingent accompanied by heavy machinery arrived in the morning, sealed off the area, and prevented residents’ access, before proceeding to demolish a 80-square-meter house belonging to the family of Nassar.
Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.
Humanitarian and Legal bodies and institutions such as the UN, OCHA and B’Tselem confirm that the planning policies applied by Israel in Area C and East Jerusalem discriminate against Palestinians, making it extremely difficult for them to obtain building permits.
“As a result, many Palestinians build without permits to meet their housing needs and risk having their structures demolished. Palestinians must have the opportunity to participate in a fair and equitable planning system that ensures their needs are met,” OCHA reports.
According to OCHA, in 2014 alone, Israeli authorities demolished a total of 97 buildings in East Jerusalem, while demolished five others in 2015, under the pretext of building without a construction permit.