Israel escalates Palestinian home demolitions in Jerusalem

Israeli authorities have escalated the demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, destroying over 66 housing units during the first four months of 2017.

In 2016, Israeli demolitions reached a 10-year high in the occupied territories, with over 1,560 Palestinians displaced by the destruction of homes and agricultural structures, according to UN data. The current pace of demolitions in 2017 is set to overtake last year’s record high. Last week, Israeli authorities demolished a home in the Jerusalem-area town of Sur Bahir, leaving six people homeless, Ma’an News Agency reported. As with most demolitions, the property was destroyed under the pretext that it lacked a building permit, notoriously difficult to obtain for Palestinians.

Between 2010 and 2014, Israel’s Civil Administration issued just 1.5 percent of permit requests, the UN says.
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