Palestinian terror group calls for ‘resistance’ after Jerusalem shaves

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The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement on Tuesday called on the Palestinians to respond to a series of Israeli-ordered house demolitions last week in Jerusalem, which it called “terrorism targeting the people of Jerusalem.”

PIJ spokesman Tariq Salmi said there had been an “escalation” in Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian buildings built without a permit, adding that it was “an aggressive policy aimed at continue to exert pressure on and besiege the Jerusalemites in all aspects of their displacement and deportation from Jerusalem.

“These crimes and the terrorism targeting the inhabitants of Jerusalem require actions to activate all necessary measures to protect and rescue them, and to strengthen their steadfastness in the face of the policies of ethnic cleansing and all crimes committed against them by the occupation. terrorist, ”Salmi said, calling for the activation of“ resistance in all its forms ”in response.

Salmi’s comments come just hours after Muhammad Nassar Al-Husseini was forced to demolish his house in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Tuesday morning due to the fact that he did not have a permit when he took over. built the building. After the demolition, three families are now left homeless, according to Palestinian reports.

Another family from Silwan also had 48 hours to demolish their house.

On Tuesday morning, Israeli forces closed the entrances to Silwan and set up a number of checkpoints, according to Palestinian media. The reports did not explain why this action was taken.

Last week, eight Palestinian families in East Jerusalem were forced to demolish their homes. On Monday evening, a Palestinian was forced to demolish his house in Jabel Mukaber.

Palestinian media have claimed that dozens of notices have been issued to Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, giving them 48 hours to demolish their homes they have built without a permit. Those who refuse to demolish the structures themselves are forced to pay NIS 200,000 for the city to demolish them, according to reports.

Some 24 Palestinian homes were demolished in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in June, according to Palestinian media.

Dozens of Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem are demolished every year by the municipality due to their construction without a permit. Palestinians maintain that they have no choice but to build without a permit, as the government rarely approves building permits for Palestinians.

Silwan is located at the southern end of the Temple Mount near the Dung Gate and is home to the City of David archaeological site, which is said to be the site of the ancient city of Jerusalem during and before the Davidic dynasty.

The Jerusalem neighborhood was originally home to Yemeni Jews who arrived in Jerusalem in the late 1800s. Jewish residents were forced to leave the neighborhood and their homes were razed in 1938 by British authorities amid dangerous Arab uprisings. In the region. Violent riots have taken place in Silwan and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem in recent weeks in response to building demolitions and eviction orders against Palestinian residents. One of the hot spots that sparked Operation Guardian of the Walls was the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah.


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