Israeli bulldozers today demolished two shops in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighborhood south of occupied East Jerusalem, without prior notice, according to Mohammad Tarshan, owner of the shops.
He tolthat the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished his two 60-square-meter shops, built more than 50 years ago, without informing him of the demolition decision.
The municipality last October demolished a second floor Tarshan had built on top of the shops under the pretext it was built without a permit.
Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem say they are forced to build without permit because the Israeli municipality rarely issues permits to the city’s Palestinian citizens as a way to reduce their number by forcing them to leave it and find accommodation and work elsewhere.