Palestinians living in Jerusalem’s Silwan town are under constant threat of Israeli mass-eviction and displacement plans. (File photo via Haaretz)
The Israeli High Court rejected on Sunday an appeal filed by Palestinian residents against the demolition of 58 homes in Wadi Yasoul neighborhood, in the East Jerusalem town of Silwan, reported WAFA news agency.
The court’s dismissal of the appeal gives the occupation's municipality the right to carry out demolitions at any time against 58 out of the 84 homes threatened with demolition in the said neighborhood to make way for expanding an Israeli national park in the area.
Wadi Yasoul extends over an area of approximately 300 acres and is home to 1,050 Jerusalemites. The demolition of the 58 houses will leave at least 725 Palestinians homeless.
The neighborhood residents have been struggling since 2004 to obtain approval for building permits from the occupation’s municipality in Jerusalem to avoid the demolitions but to no avail.