Ma'an News Agency, May 22, 2012
This article was originally published by the Ma'an News Agency and is republished with permission.
Israeli forces demolished a home in East Jerusalem on Monday on the pretext that it was being built without a permit, Wafa news agency reported.
The house in the Mount of Olives was under construction, owner Samih Idris told Wafa, adding that bulldozers arrived without any prior warning and destroyed the structure.
Idris said he was also fined by the Jerusalem municipality.
On May 9, Israeli authorities demolished an under-construction house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
Three weeks earlier, Israeli police forcibly evicted 14 members of the Natsheh family after an Israeli court ruled in favor of settlers, who moved into the property.
EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah slammed the eviction in Beit Hanina, saying they were "deeply concerned by the plans to build a new settlement in the midst of this traditional Palestinian neighborhood."
Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti in early May warned a spate of demolition orders were part of Israel's "race against time" to Judaize Jerusalem by imposing facts on the ground.
A report released this week by an Israeli human rights NGO said Israeli authorities have revoked the status of 14,084 Palestinian Jerusalemites since 1967, no longer permitting them to live in the city.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the rest of the world.
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