On April 29, the Israeli human rights NGO " B'Tselem " revealed that the occupation authorities have forced around 3,000 Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem between 2004 and 2019.
“The Jerusalem Municipality demolished 830 residential units, and 120 more were demolished by their owners on the municipality’s orders,” explained B’Tselem in a report published on its website (in English & Arabic). “The municipality deliberately left 2,927 people homeless, 1,574 of them minors.”
The report points out that the Israeli-run municipality adopts policies which have deliberately created an acute construction crisis for the city’s Palestinian population, while Jewish neighbourhoods enjoy massive development and substantial funding. “Israel has expropriated more than a third of the land it annexed from the West Bank and has built 11 neighbourhoods exclusively for Jews,” said B’Tselem. It noted that these neighbourhoods are as illegal under international law as Israel’s settlements are in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem “have no choice” but to build without permits because the Israeli municipality rarely grants the right to build or extend homes.
“Thousands of Palestinians in the city are living under constant threat to their homes and businesses” said B’Tselem. The NGO accuses Israel of implementing this policy to clear parts of the city of Palestinians.