Saturday, January 2, 2010
Israel razed over 130 Palestinian homes in 2009
The Palestinian Al-Maqdisi Foundation says Zionist authorities gave the go-ahead for demolition of more than 130 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem Al-Quds in 2009 as part of Tel Aviv's Judaization campaign targeting the holy city.
The year 2009 shows a remarkable upsurge in homes demolished compared with the previous year, according to the Palestinian Information Center.
In this year, Israel frequently ordered hundreds of Palestinians to leave their homes in East Jerusalem Al-Quds, claiming that they did not have proper documentations for their houses.
Out of over 130 Palestinian homes demolished in the city, Israelis forced owners of 23 homes to demolish their own residences in order to avoid punitive actions. The move led to the displacement of more than 569 Palestinians from East Jerusalem Al-Quds, among them 281 children.
The Palestinian residents maintain that Israeli officials withhold or refuse to issue documents for their houses in an effort to change the demographic population of the area.
The status of East Jerusalem Al-Quds is a thorny issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians insist that their 'promised' future state should include the city as its capital.
Tel Aviv captured the mostly Arab East Jerusalem Al-Quds in 1967 and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.
Israel continues to build new homes in the occupied Palestinian territory despite strong opposition from the international community.
Muslim states and Palestinians insist that there can be no peace in the Middle East before Israel quits East Jerusalem Al-Quds.