Israel Destroys Palestinian Health Center in East Jerusalem

Israel argued that the building was built without a permit. The facts showed that Israel often makes it difficult for Palestinians to obtain building permits.

Palestinian-owned buildings
Israel destroys Palestinian-owned buildings. (Doc. AFP)

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – Israeli authorities on Tuesday (1/4/2022) demolished a healthcare center in occupied East Jerusalem without prior notice, according to Palestinian reports. 

Bulldozers arrived early in the morning as security forces cordoned off the area around the Abdallah al-Shaikh health center, which was treating people at the time, in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukaber before the demolition was carried out.  

Ghassan Jalajel, director of the center, told Palestinian news agency Wafa the building was torn down without notice despite an appeal previously submitted to Israeli courts against the demolition order. He said half of the center, which serves 20,000 people living in the neighborhood, was demolished.

 

Israeli authorities regularly demolish Palestinian-owned homes and businesses in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem under the pretext that they are buildings without permits. Palestinian construction permits are rarely approved by Israeli authorities. 

According to Peace Now, a settlements watchdog, in the nine years between 2009 and 2018, Israeli authorities issued a total of 98 construction permits for Palestinians out of 4,422 permit requests. 

More than 850 Palestinian homes and structures were destroyed by Israel in 2021, including 160 units in East Jerusalem, according to Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem. Demolitions last year displaced around 900 people, including 463 minors.[]