120 Palestinian families forced to leave their houses

Palestinian homes demolished for Israeli religious theme park

Silwan neighborhood

Silwan neighborhood

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Nearly 120 Palestinian families will have their homes demolished to make space for an Israeli religious tourist park, where Israelis believe King David once had a garden.

Around 1,500 people live in about 100 buildings in the al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.


After an Israeli court decided previously that they had been built without construction permits, Jerusalem Municipality inspectors, escorted by Israeli soldiers, gave notices to destroy at least 13 of those homes and buildings within 21 days.

“Saying the orders were delivered is a little misleading,” said social activist Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, co-director of the Jahalin


“Despite the notifications specifying ‘demolition within 21-days of delivery,' inspectors do not issue orders to Palestinians in person or even fasten them to the relevant doors,” Godfrey-Goldstein stated.

The notices are frequently not received, blow away, and are occasionally found on the ground, according to her.


“As a result, many Palestinians are unaware that their homes are about to be demolished until they wake up to the sound of doors being slammed or when inspectors arrive the day before to photograph their target,” explained Goldfrey-Goldstein, a former member of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, which fights the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Israeli occupied territories.