Thursday, July 15, 2010

For first time in nine months, Israel razes Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

Municipality says structures were not homes but witnesses report Palestinian family removing belongings.

By Nir Hasson, Natasha Mozgovaya and News Agencies, Haaretz/Israel, July 13, 2010

Israel razed on Tuesday an inhabited Palestinian home in East Jerusalem for the first time in eight months, effectively ending an unofficial freeze of such internationally condemned demolitions.

A Reuters photographer witnessed a Palestinian family removing its belongings from the house in East Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood before an Israeli excavator tore into the dwelling.

“They can build hundreds of settlements but I’m not entitled to live in a shack?” asked Linda al-Rajabi outside the demolished dwelling she shared with her husband and their five children.

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