Israel demolishes another Palestinian house in East Jerusalem

A view of a demolition site, where a Palestinian home stood, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem (Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 25, 2022

Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian house in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, in the latest demolitions in the occupied city, according to the house owner and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

Israeli forces evicted the house in the Al-Tur neighbourhood of East Jerusalem and brought it down, Mohammad Karameh told Anadolu Agency.

He said Israeli authorities cited the lack of a building permit for razing the 200-square-meter house.

Karameh said his 15-member family has been living in the house for the past eight years.

Meanwhile, nine Palestinians were injured in attacks by Israeli forces during the home demolition, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

There was no comment from local Israeli authorities on the demolition.

Palestinian and Israeli rights groups say the Israeli demolition policy aims to limit the presence of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping East Jerusalem might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

International law regards both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.