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Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Nearly 120 Palestinian families face the destruction of their homes to make way for an Israeli...

👤 H K Badal11 Jun 2021 4:00 PM GMT
Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Protesters hold placards at a demonstration during a court hearing over the planned eviction of residents from Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.

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Nearly 120 Palestinian families face the destruction of their homes to make way for an Israeli religious theme park where the Israelis believe King David had a garden in biblical times.

About 1,500 people living in more than 100 buildings in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem are under threat.

On June 7, Jerusalem Municipality inspectors, accompanied by Israeli forces, delivered notices to demolish at least 13 of those homes and structures within 21 days, after an Israeli court ruled earlier they had been constructed without building permits.

"Stating that the orders were delivered is somewhat inaccurate," said social activist Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, the co-director of the Jahalin Solidarity organisation.

"When inspectors deliver orders to Palestinians, they don't give them in person or even affix them to the relevant doors despite the notices saying 'demolition within 21-days of receipt'," Godfrey-Goldstein said.

The notices were often not received, blow away and are sometimes found on the ground, she said.