Israeli troops demolished a house late at midnight in Sheikh Jarrah using hundreds of forces. Israel means to change the demographic ratio in favor of Jewish people in a Palestinian neighborhood.
A Palestinian family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood found its house demolished by Israeli troops earlier today. It occurred a few days after the they sought to thwart eviction by posing threats about destroying the building.
It was late at midnight when a large contingent of Israeli officers and military police invaded Salhiyeh residence and closed off the neighboring streets. Hundreds of highly armed soldiers broke into the house while the family was sleeping.
The soldiers attacked started the operation by attacking the people, detaining some, and demolishing the house. They also arrested 20 people who gathered at the house to support the family who were also subject to detention.
The destruction process started two hours later while a thunderstorm in a cold winter night affected the whole process. The result is clear: 18 people have no house now. Israeli officials claim he destruction is necessary for the construction of a school for the people in the county.
Israeli soldiers cut the power to the house and shot tear gas within and without the building, according to a member of the family member. “Around 50 cops invaded the house and began beating up the men of the family” the 19-year-old Yasmeen said to reporters.
“They pulled my father out of bed, beat him along with my brothers and cousins before arresting them without giving them the chance to put clothes on.”
Witnesses say Israeli troops shot rubber bullets at campaigners and reporters hoping to reach the destruction site, injuring numerous people. A footage on the internet shows the obstruction of and ems from getting to the scene.
Sheikh Jarrah Eviction; An Open Wound
The Salhiyeh family and attorneys still have no details about those under detention. The destruction finished and Israeli soldiers generally withdrew the scene, but the wound is open.
The Salhiyeh house is on the main avenue of Sheikh Jarrah, a flashpoint neighborhood approximately a kilometer north of Jerusalem. Many households in the area are facing mandatory deportation by Israeli forces.
Israeli officials filed a property seizure order under the guise that a school would replace the house. “This land was expropriated by the local authority for the purpose of establishing a special education school for the residents of the neighborhood,” Israeli police claimed in a twitter post.
The relocation of the Salhiyehs will receive a final decision in Israeli court in four days. Mandatory relocation amounts to war crime.
Human rights organizations and agencies have long criticized a variety of Israeli activities and procedures in the region. These methods try to shift the population ratio in favor of the Jewish community in Sheikh Jarrah, a goal outlined in the plan as having a stable Jewish dominance.
Rights advocates say that illegal settlement growth, Palestinian house destructions, and urban planning limitations are among the key methods to achieve this aim.
Back in 1967, Israel forcefully captured the eastern parts of the city. Only 13% of the land is set aside for Palestinian expansion and residential building, while the majority of it has already been constructed.
Israeli government have confiscated 57% of all property in the East Jerusalem for the illegal settlement expansion. The other 30% are unplanned regions where building is likewise subject to prohibition.
It was last May when the disputes over the implementation of the program led to a 11-day war. Israel’s policies may instigate more violence, more blood.