Israeli authorities escalated demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem in August, knocking 51 Palestinian buildings and displacing 85 people, many of whom were children.
Most of the destroyed structures were inhabited housing units. A total of 36 homes, five commercial establishments, seven agricultural shacks and other facilities were removed in the city.
More than a half of the demolitions were carried out by Palestinian owners themselves “under pressure from the municipality,” while the rest were knocked down by Israeli bulldozers and other heavy machinery.
In late August, Israeli NGO, Ir Amim, said that 89 Palestinian homes had been destroyed in East Jerusalem since the start of the year, compared to 109 through all of 2019.
The victimized Palestinians are even forced to pay for the demolition costs by the hostile Zionist regime.
Human rights activists insist that Palestinians, about 38% of Jerusalem’s population, are being discriminated against as the system created by the city authorities.
The regime makes it almost impossible for them to obtain a permit, and leaves them with no choice but to resort to illegal construction.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Occupation News 2020.