Occupied Jerusalem (The Inside Palestine)- Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday morning demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Local sources said the Israeli forces escorted bulldozers to the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of Jerusalem earlier today, after storming the area and started demolishing a one-story Palestinian-owned house.
The owners of the house said the occupation force started demolishing their house, which was built 11 years ago and consists of two apartments, where 8 people live, without notifying them with the demolition order.
The house is owned by Jerusalemite Mohamed al-Houroub who received a demolition order by Israeli occupation Court six months ago, but he succeeded in freezing it.
However, yesterday, the Court rejected an appeal by al-Houroub to stop the demolition of his house and carried out the demolition today.
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 Israeli occupation 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 the occupied Jerusalem neighborhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions 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 to stop demolitions and forced displacement.