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Wake Up Palestine – House Demolitions in Jerusalem

Only 13 percent of lands in East Jerusalem is zoned for Palestinian construction in an already heavily urbanized area. 

Jerusalem24 – In violation of the corpus separatum status resolved under United Nations General Assembly resolution 181(II), Israel gradually tightened its grip around the city.

Israeli annexed the western side of Jerusalem 1949, and took steps to extend its territorial sovereignty over its eastern side, notably through the Basic Law on Jerusalem and the application of Israeli domestic law – acts amounting to an unlawful annexation of Palestinian territory.

Palestinian apartment buildings seen near the security wall surrounding the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, on May 7, 2017. (Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli planning and zoning laws prevent Palestinian urban development through elaborate legal arrangements including lengthy, costly and complex building permit procedures. Several building prohibitions based on land designations as ‘green areas,’ or ‘national parks’ also limit possible Palestinian construction.

With all the different regulations, only 13 percent of lands in East Jerusalem is zoned for Palestinian construction in an already heavily urbanized area.

In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Mohammad Hamayel speaks with Bodour Hassan, the advocacy officer at the Jerusalem Legal Aid Center. They discuss the conundrum of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and properties in 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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