News ID: 319525
Published: 0245 GMT January 19, 2022

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Sheikh Jarrah

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Sheikh Jarrah
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP

Israeli forces destroyed the home of a Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Al-Quds, days after the family tried to stave off the demolition by threatening to blow up the house.

Large numbers of Israeli forces raided the Salhiyeh home and cordoned off the surrounding area at on Wednesday. The family told Al Jazeera that dozens of heavily armed forces broke into their home while they slept and assaulted family members, arresting six of them including the head of the household, Mahmoud Salhiyeh.

At least 18 other Palestinians who were present at the home in solidarity with the family were also arrested.

Israeli authorities have justified the demolition to build a special education school for the residents of the neighbourhood.

The Salhiyeh home lies on the main street in the flashpoint neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Many families in the neighbourhood face imminent expulsion by Israeli authorities.

Israeli forces initially attempted to demolish the house on Monday, but the family barricaded themselves on their rooftop and threatened to blow the house up rather than face displacement, leading to a tense, day-long standoff with the authorities.

The family was forcibly displaced from their home once before, in the village of Ein Karem in the western half of Al-Quds, during the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe, when Israeli forces violently expelled some 750,000 Palestinians.

Israel militarily occupied the eastern half of the city in 1967. Only 13 percent is zoned for Palestinian development and residential construction, most of which is already built up.

 

 

 

 

   
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