Occupied Jerusalem (The Inside Palestine)- Israeli occupation forces earlier on Wednesday demolished Palestinian stores near Hizma checkpoint north-east occupied Jerusalem.
Local sources said since the early morning hours, the Israeli forces have been demolishing over 20 Palestinian stores near Hizma checkpoint in the occupied city.
Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
At the same time, the municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.
‘Israel’ has been moving its citizens into occupied Jerusalem since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are also being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.
There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the Palestinian families.
Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some Palestinian families in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.