Benedict Mary Ogwa
According to Land Research Center, Israel has been systematically demolishing Palestinian neighborhoods since 1967. In the report, Jerusalem’s municipality has put in place a series of procedures that would make Palestinian construction in Jerusalem impossible.
A new Palestinian report reveals that Israel demolished five thousand homes in Jerusalem since 1967 as well as the demolition of neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city.
The report issued by the Land Research Center (LRC) also noted that the 380,000 Jerusalemite Palestinians need 2,000 new housing units annually, and that half of them today live in unlicensed homes.
According to UN data, Israel approved only 1.5 percent of all requests for building permits submitted by Palestinians between 2010 and 2014.
According to the LRC report, only 12% of Palestinian land in Jerusalem can be used for urban development, of which only 7% can be used for residential housing.
The cost of a permit is estimated at $30,000 per home. The report also says that about 6,500 Jerusalemites left before the 1948 war and about 30,000 after the war.
16,000 Jews were housed in homes and dwellings whose Palestinian owners were expelled between September 1948 and August 1949.
In 1967, 70,000 Jerusalemites were displaced, including Jerusalemites who were outside the city and were prevented from returning to it.
According to the detailed report, Israel demolished 1,706 homes between 2000 and 2017, displacing 9,422 Palestinians, including 5,443 children.