20,000 Palestinian homes under demolition threat

Palestinian officials warn that more than 20,000 Palestinian homes in
Jerusalem al-Quds could soon face demolition orders from Israeli
municipal authorities.

Ahmad Ruweidi, the Palestinian Authority’s legal advisor on al-Quds
affairs, said Israeli courts will soon hand demolition orders to
Palestinian homeowners over what Tel Aviv calls violation of
construction rules over the past 10 years and the requirement of
renewable licenses.

The figure does not include homes whose owners have already received
final demolition orders from Israeli courts or the Israeli municipality
in al-Quds, Ruweidi noted.

This means that all owners will live in a state of fear that at any
moment their homes could be demolished or a family member may be found
homeless on the street, he cautioned.

Ruweidi said Israel’s policy was intended to force Palestinians in
al-Quds to pay large sums to engineers and lawyers in addition to
significant fines for the so-called ‘violations of construction

Major differences between the Palestinians and Israelis are growing
deepe over Tel Aviv’s continued demolition of Palestinian houses in
al-Quds and its efforts to create a demographic wedge in the region.

On Saturday, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas told
delegates at the Arab League summit in Libya that Israeli settlements in
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