Israel Begins Demolition of Palestinian Homes
Floodlights blinked on and bulldozers moved in early Monday as Israeli forces began leveling 10 Palestinian residential buildings that it says violate a construction ban.
The buildings are located in the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood of Sur Baher, on the outskirts of East Jerusalem. Homeowners said they had permits from the Palestinian Authority to build.
After a seven-year legal battle, Israel’s High Court ruled in June that the Palestinian buildings were illegal. Despite their Palestinian building permits, the homeowners would’ve needed special permits from Israel. The three-member court said attackers could use the buildings as a cover, putting Israeli forces at risk.