ISRAEL - Illegal Homes Demolished
Three months after the Jerusalem Municipality announced plans to demolish 14 illegally built homes in east Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood, government bulldozers razed the first Arab residence there, displacing a family of seven.
The move comes three weeks after 40 Jewish families from the West Bank outpost of Amona were forcefully evacuated from their homes, which the High Court ruled were illegally built on Palestinian land.
“In 2016, we saw a record-high number of demolitions in east Jerusalem with 88 residential structures and 48 other structures demolished—rendering 285 people homeless, including 160 minors. This is the highest number of demolitions we’ve seen since we began systematically collecting data in 2004,” said Amit Gilutz.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, however, has long contended that there is no correlation between race, religion and the issuance of housing permits.
“Jerusalem is a unified city,” he said. “And all residents are entitled to live wherever they choose as long as they do so in accordance with the law.”
-www.jpost.com, 23 February 2017
Anti-Israel sources continue to claim that the Israeli government’s actions are illegal, yet totally ignore the fact that those buildings were erected illegally, in opposition to the prevailing law. The eviction of 40 Jewish families who built their homes on Palestinian land was widely publicized in the Jewish press, but little was said about it in the international media.
Jerusalem, of course, is special; it is the heart of Israel, and the heart of Jerusalem is the Temple Mount—at this time occupied by two religious buildings: the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Under present political realities, it’s all but impossible for Israel to build their much-desired temple. Thus the question: what is Jerusalem’s future? Here we read the words of Zechariah 1:14-15: “So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.”