Israel yesterday carved a hole into the Old City walls of occupied Jerusalem to create a new “gate” near the ancient Damascus Gate (Bab Al-Amoud).
The news came from Palestinian sources inside the city which said that for several days the Jerusalem Municipality has been making changes to an inner courtyard of the Christian Quarter, Quds Press reported. The new “gate” is thought to lead to Christian homes inside the Old City, but the reasons for its construction are unclear.
The Municipality of the occupation opens a new gate from the courtyard of Bab Al-Amoud inside the walls of the old town(Jersualem) amid tight security guard from the occupation police.#BDS#BloodyIsrael pic.twitter.com/hpWZO3tIyi
— Diana A Jaber (@DianaAJaber1) August 30, 2018
The community leader, Basem Saeed Wajih, told Quds Press that:
“We have not been informed of any changes or new alleys or roads in the Christian Quarter by the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality.”
Israel occupation forces demolish a restaurant in the Bab al-Amoud area in occupied Jerusalem, for no reason.
Please share this video to show the arrogance of occupation to unarmed Palestinian people. pic.twitter.com/XB8wutZI7c
— Belal yaghi (@Belal_Yaghi) February 11, 2018
Israel regularly acts with impunity against Jerusalem’s infrastructure. Yesterday, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian printing press in the city’s Silwan neighborhood, just outside the Mughrabi Gate. Israeli forces subsequently detained and assaulted the Palestinian inhabitants who filmed the incident.
A Jerusalemite whose family members were detained said that:
“They [Israeli forces] just used an unbelievable amount of violence, they had army forces and didn’t notify us [of the demolition] at all.”
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian printing press in Jerusalem
— Shaista Mia (@shaista_mia) August 31, 2018
Earlier this week, Israel also razed Palestinian land in Jerusalem’s Sheik Jarrah neighborhood, despite not having a court order to do so. Hashem Badr, a member of a local committee, said that Israeli bulldozers entered the neighborhood and began to raze the land and uproot several trees under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.
Zionist occupation forces attacked a women and destroyed a printing press belonging to #Palestinian citizen in the Silwan area of occupied East Jerusalem today. #BDS#FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/eiWQGANJFA
— Muslim Cyber Army (@MCAOps) August 29, 2018
Badr stressed that the Custodian of Absentees’ Property, the department responsible for the razing, attempted to claim ownership of the property and carry out the seizure of the land without an official court order.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)