Israeli occupation demolishes 20 shops in occupied Jerusalem

August 04, 2021

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, Aug 4 - The Israeli occupation municipality demolished, on Wednesday morning, about 20 shops in the town of Hizma, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit.

Eyewitnesses said that, since dawn, the occupation bulldozers began demolishing the shops located on the main street near the military checkpoint.

Witnesses reported that the shops were built about 12 years ago of bricks and cement. These shops include a restaurant, tile selling shop, gas cylinders’ shop, and car washing and garages that belong to the families of al-Khatib and Aziz.

They pointed out that the occupation municipality crews raided the shops a few days ago, and gave the tenants 3 days to unload their contents in preparation for their demolition.

For his part, lawyer Medhat Diba said: "After the alleged Central Occupation Court canceled the Rajabim settlement association's petition to demolish facilities in Hizma two months ago, the Israeli occupation authorities issued a demolition decision yesterday, and that it shall be implemented within 8 hours, even though the courts are closed due to the judicial authorization."

The advocate explained that this confirms that the occupation government and the settlement associations are two sides of the same coin, and both are mastering the abuse of the Palestinians.

The town of Hizma is subjected to continuous Israeli occupation violations and attacks by restricting and detaining its residents, sabotaging and demolishing their properties, and seizing their lands for the benefit of the settlements.