- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:09
On Tuesday, 12th June, Grassroots Jerusalem documented the demolition of Palestinian businesses in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem.
Israeli Authorities started demolishing the one floor commercial building with six businesses including a restaurant and a barbershop around 11:30 AM.
The businesses belong to Taleb Idris, Usamah Al-Malhi and another man who was not present.
The Israeli authorities had issued the demolition order claiming that the building, located in East Jerusalem, was built illegally and did not have a permit. According to Taleb Idris and Usamah Al-Malhi, two of the three business owners, their lawyer issued a request for getting the permit and the court postponed the demolition to July 15th.
"I do not understand. I was surprised to see the Israeli Army showing up this morning with a bulldozer. According to our lawyer, we have until the middle of July this year to get the permits. Instead, they told us to evacuate the building and refused to talk to our lawyer," said Taleb Idris.
According to Idris, 22 families will be financially affected by the demolition.