House Demolition in Jerusalem 2007

What is affected
Housing private
Type of violation Demolition/destruction
Date 01 January 2007
Region MENA [ Middle East/North Africa ]
Country Palestine/Israel
Location Jerusalem

Affected persons

Total 516
Men 0
Women 0
Children 302
Proposed solution
Housing losses
- Number of homes 94
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative The demolition and evacuation of 111 Palestinian houses and other structures in Jerusalem during 2007

Land Research Center 02 January 08

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to violate the individual and collective rights of Palestinians in the occupied Jerusalem, in general, and the right to proper housing and land, in particular, during the year 2007 under various pretexts such as the construction of the Segregation Wall, bypass roads, archeological excavations, building of colonies and un-licensing.

This policy of ethnic cleansing which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the occupation of the city is accompanied by a continuous building of new colonies and the expansion of the existing colonies in and around the city, such as Abu Ghuneim (Har Homa), Psigat Zeev, Givaat Zeev, Nof Zion, Kadamat Zion …etc, as well as the ongoing diggings and excavations in various parts of the old city, including the Haram Al Sharif compound.

The Land Research Center (LRC), a Palestinian NGO and member of Habitat International Coalition, as part of its mandate of monitoring, documenting and writing about human rights violations, including the right to proper housing and land ownership, has documented the following housing violations at the hands of the Israeli occupation authorities in Jerusalem during 2008:

• The total of 97 housing units have been demolished and their occupants forcibly evicted. These housing units have the total surface area of 9946 square meters and the total of 373 rooms. As a result, 529 people were made homeless after being forcibly evicted from their homes, of whom, 311 are children under the age of 18.
• The total of 43 other structures, including stores, farms, pens, barracks and walls have been, also, demolished during the year 2007.
• Compared to 2007, LRC had documented the demolition of 78 housing units during 2006. In addition, it had documented the demolition of 606 housing units during the period 2000–2006.

The destruction of property and demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied Jerusalem by the Israeli authorities is contrary to international humanitarian law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and incompatible with article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Israel has signed and ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1966, and went in force in 1976. Israel, therefore, is obliged to apply its provisions in relation to the occupied Palestinian Territories, including Jerusalem. And Israel is also obliged, as the occupying military power, to abide by the provisions enshrined in the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, on the protection of civilians under occupation. The Land Research Center determined to call on Israel, the occupying power:

(1) To put an end to violations of international humanitarian law and principles of the International Bill of Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the occupied city of Jerusalem.

(2) That Israel stop the policy of Judaization, displacement and ethnic cleansing practiced against Palestinians of occupied city of Jerusalem, lift the closures and blockades on the city, stop the separation and dispersal of Palestinian families, institute family unification policy for Palestinians, cease and reverse all illegal actions and measures that violated the right of families and individuals as a result of the wall construction or other discriminatory measures, and to allow

A Statistical report prepared by Land Research Center about the house demolitition in Jerusalem during 2007, at:
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