Israeli forces have demolished a Palestinian house in the occupied East al-Qud (Jerusalem) and destroyed a number of buildings in the northern West Bank.
Scores of Israeli forces raided a small house in the al-Tur neighborhood in the illegally annexed city on Wednesday, AFP reported.
The forces bulldozed the home shortly before the Palestinian owner arrived with a court letter ordering a halt to the demolition.
Abed Zablah, a father of five, said the order had been issued early on Wednesday by the al-Quds District Court, but by the time he got home with the letter, the house had already been leveled.
Meanwhile, Israeli troops in the Jordan Valley razed two Palestinian buildings and a tent in the northern West bank city of Nablus, near the border with Jordan. The buildings in the city’s southwestern area of Massu’a were being used to house cattle.
Israeli authorities have been engaged in a regular demolition of Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank, East al-Quds in particular, claiming the buildings have been illegally constructed on public land.
But Palestinians complain that it is almost impossible for them to get permits for building on their occupied land, especially in the illegally annexed East al-Quds which the international community has never recognized as part of Israel.
Israel captured East al-Quds in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it despite strong opposition from the rest of the world.
Palestinians demand the city as the capital of their future Palestinian state and see demolition and settlement operations as part of Israel’s long-term judaization project, which would effectively make a two-state solution implausible.