Israeli police secure a bulldozer demolishing Palestinian structures at the Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar, east of Jerusalem, July 4, 2018. (Photo: AFP)
Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated on Tuesday outside the Israeli municipality in West Jerusalem to speak out against its house demolition policy.
Scores of Palestinians whose homes in the occupied eastern part of the city were demolished under the pretext of construction without a permit joined the vigil.
The protesters carried signs denouncing the home demolition policy that has displaced hundreds of people and left them homeless.
According to Palestinian news agency WAFA, Raed Bashir, an attorney speaking on behalf of Palestinians affected by this policy in Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood, said international law requires the occupying power to secure the fundamental rights of the people under its control.
However, he added, Israel rules by its own racist laws that threaten the demolition of hundreds of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and the displacement of thousands of people.
At the time of demonstration, an Israeli municipality bulldozer was demolishing a car display lot in Beit Hanina neighborhood in the north of East Jerusalem.
Ezzat Abdulqader, the owner of the lot, told WAFA news agency that he had set up this business two years ago on a 200-square-meter lot, and now he has lost everything after the Israeli authorities sent its bulldozer to demolish it without prior notice, and most likely it is going to force him to pay exorbitant amounts in demolition fees.