Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Home Demolitions Threaten Peace Talks

By Mel Frykberg

".......The planned demolitions will leave approximately 1,500 Palestinians homeless. They inherited the homes from their parents and grandparents, and most have nowhere to go.

Jerusalem authorities say the houses were built illegally, without zoning and construction permits. Palestinians and human rights organisations argue that Israel makes it almost impossible for Palestinians to get the requisite permits, as a part of a deliberate policy to Judaise the eastern part of the city.

Under international law, including UN Security Council resolutions, East Jerusalem belongs to Palestinians, and is occupied by Israel illegally.

The EU released a confidential report in December that accused Israel of "actively pursuing the illegal annexation" of East Jerusalem, according to the British newspaper The Guardian......"

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