- Published on Monday, 04 November 2013 13:49
The Jerusalem municipality has begun issuing demolition orders for buildings in Ras Khamees and Ras Shehada neighborhoods in East Jerusalem on claims they were built without Israeli permits, Haaretz newspaper reported Monday.
Some of the buildings are nine- and 10-story apartment houses where dozens of families reside, which means that hundreds of people are at risk of losing their homes, haaretz added.
Haaretz revealed that when the Apartheid wall was built, East Jerusalem was separated into two neighborhoods; one for Palestinians living in the West Bank and the other for Palestinians living within the borders of Jerusalem that are completely neglected by the Israeli authority.
According to the newspaper, the Jerusalem municipality orders the families to evacuate their homes within 60 days, and if they fail to do so, the municipality will demolish the buildings and impose fines that reach up to thousands of shekels.
Residents of Silwan on the outskirts of Jerusalem's Old City say they also received demolition orders last week.
Despite continuous efforts to reach a final status regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the Israeli government continues to issue demolition orders against the Palestinians, in an attempt to seize the lands for settlement construction and apartheid wall expansion. Illegal settlement construction continues, regardless of international condemnation.