Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished on Wednesday a Palestinian house and a market in occupied Jerusalem.
Local Palestinian sources reported that Israeli occupation forces demolished a market Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood, and raided Ein Al-Loza neighborhood of Silwan, and started demolishing the house of Iyad Abu Sobeih.
Statistics for the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories B'Tselem revealed that Israel significantly stepped up demolitions in East Jerusalem in June, leaving 51 people, including 31 minors, homeless. The number of homes demolished – 13 – is double the monthly average in the first five months of 2020.
It noted in a report that Last month saw a spike in Israeli demolitions, which left 151 Palestinians, including 84 minors, homeless – despite the danger of remaining without shelter during a pandemic.
The world is grappling with an unprecedented heath crisis of as-yet unknown magnitude. Nevertheless, Israeli authorities continue to invest time and effort into abusing the most vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank, as part of decades-long attempts to drive them out of the area, and to similarly mistreat Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Until the pandemic broke out, Israel regularly used the pretext of "law enforcement" to justify its policy of ongoing demolition on a massive scale.
In April, Israel pledged before the UN not to demolish homes as long as the health crisis was underway and isolation guidelines were in place. Even then, Israel stressed it would not refrain from demolishing humanitarian infrastructure. The swift return to demolitions once the Palestinian Authority lifted its temporary lockdown proves the pledge was a PR move aimed solely at deflecting criticism.