Israel has announced plans to demolish 150 Palestinian homes in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem Al-Quds in a move that would displace more than 1,000 Palestinians.
Palestinian homes that are threatened with imminent demolition are located in the neighborhoods of Beit Haninah, Shu’fat, Ashqariyeh, Nusiebeh Complex, Silwan, Thuri, Jabal al-Mukaber, Sur Baher, Mount of Olives, al-Zu’ayem, Isawieh and Ras Khamis.
The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) stated that the new list of Palestinian homes slated for demolition does not include the 125 homes and apartments against which Israel had previously issued demolition orders.
Israel frequently orders hundreds of Palestinians to leave their homes in the occupied east Jerusalem Al-Quds, claiming that they do not have proper documentation for their dwellings.
The residents, however, argue that Israeli military occupation officials withhold their documents or refuse to issue documents for their houses.
The status of Jerusalem Al-Quds is among the crucial outstanding issues of the Middle East peace process, with the Palestinians reiterating that any Palestinian state should include the city as its capital.
Israel captured the mostly Arab east Jerusalem Al-Quds in the 1967 War and later ‘annexed’ the area illegally in a move not recognized by the international community.
Tel Aviv continues to erect new homes for Jewish settlers illegally in the occupied Palestinian territory despite strong global opposition.
Palestinians and many other states insist that there can be no peace in the Middle East before Israel quits east Jerusalem Al-Quds, thus allowing it to revert to the Palestinians who want to establish it as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.