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Palestinians in Jerusalem protest demolitions

Jerusalem24 – Today, Sunday, the owners of homes threatened with demolition in the town of Jabal Mukaber and dozens of solidarity activists organized a sit-in in front of the Israeli municipality building in occupied Jerusalem.

The gathering was to protest against the demolition of Palestinian homes and displacement of Palestinian families carried out by the Israeli municipality.

The participants in the vigil raised banners that included slogans in Arabic, English and Hebrew. Some slogans said: “No to ethnic cleansing, and stop the policy of demolishing homes, the will of Jerusalemites is solid, your political goals are racist and our homes are our lives; do not kill us.”

The people of the town of Jabal al-Mukabber said in the call they distributed under the title a Plea For Help: “We received a message from the municipality (the occupation) and its Mayor that the people of the Jabal will be displaced… The demolition of our homes kills us and erases our existence. We will remain and will not leave.”

The call said that hundreds of homes in Jerusalem are under threat of demolition within a few months, and many of them are in Jabal Mukaber.

The residents indicated that the “Kuminets Law” ratified in late 2017, “Amendment No. 116 to the Planning and Building Law”, “set impossible conditions for extending orders to demolish unlicensed homes, and according to this law, Jerusalem will witness record numbers of demolition in the coming days and months, which may reach 250 homes and establishments, half of them.” Almost in Jabal Mukaber.” The people stressed that efforts and legal solutions to avoid the demolition massacres will be completely powerless.

During the past year, the Israeli authorities demolished (317) homes in different parts of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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