Palestinian residential facility demolished by Israeli authorities near Jerusalem. Photo credit: Anadolu Agency
22 Palestinian homes were demolished by the Israeli occupation authorities in one single day in Jerusalem’s Shu’fat refugee camp in 2019, Palestine News Network reported.
300 Palestinian buildings were demolished in Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation authorities in 2019, compared to a 386 in other parts of the occupied Palestinian Territories, Walid Assaf, chairman of the Commission Against the Wall and Settlement, said in a press conference on Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories.
Assaf said that the Israeli authorities are aiming to isolate Jerusalem City and divide al-Aqsa Mosque by demolishing Palestinian homes and intensifying the settlement construction activity.
He said the largest demolition campaign occurred in Jerusalem, particularly in Sur Baher neighborhood, where 82 Palestinian homes were demolished at once. In Shu’fat refugee camp, 22 homes were demolished in one single day.
Assaf said that the Israeli demolition policy has witnessed a dangerous shift, explaining that the Israeli authorities moved from demolishing homes to erasing entire communities.
Assaf added that Palestinian national and popular resistance committees, with the help of Palestinian citizens, staged a six-month sit-in in 2019 to protest the demolition of al-Khan al-Ahmar community, and managed to stop the forced displacement of its residents.