Israel demolishes Palestinian home in Jerusalem-area village

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Monday demolished a Palestinian residential building in the village of al-Zaayyem, located in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, according to Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that Israeli forces arrived to the building, owned by Muhammad al-Sairy, and cordoned off the area before bulldozers proceeded to demolish the building.

The building was demolished under the pretext of not having a nearly impossible to obtain Israeli-issued building permit.Wafa added that al-Zaayyem is located in Area B, the parts of the West Bank under Palestinian civil control and joint Israeli-Palestinian security control.The demolition of Palestinian homes and structures most commonly takes place in Area C, the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civilian and security control.Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.According to UN documentation, 330 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished thus far in 2017 across the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, displacing 499 people. In 2016, the UN recorded 1,065 demolitions across the occupied Palestinian territory.

(Source / 18.09.2017)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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