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  • 06:15 - 28 September 2013

Report: 1/3 of Jerusalemite Homes Threatened with Demolition

Gaza,(DRAH.ps)-- One-third of the Palestinian homes in Jerusalem are threatened with demolition under the pretext that they were built without a license, Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights revealed in a report on Thursday.

 According to the human rights group, Israeli authorities are continuing their demographic war against Palestinians in the Holy City, as they only allocated 13 % of the area of occupied East Jerusalem for Palestinians to meet the needs of their growing population.

 The report added that the Israeli settlement activity in Jerusalem is increasing, as the the financial committee of the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality approved financial support for 1,500 new housing units at the end of August.

 The Euro-Mid pointed out that Israel's bulldozers began in the same month, to demolish homes in al-Tur neighborhood, in order to establish the "National Israeli Park".

 The report included figures from the United Nations (UN) that show an increase in poverty rates among Palestinians in Jerusalem, due to high unemployment rates.

 According to Euro-Mid, the unemployment rate rose to 78% in 2012 compared to 64% in 2006, stressing that more than 40% of Palestinian Jerusalemites now live below the poverty line.

 Another reason for unemployment is the discrimination in wages between Palestinian and Israeli workers, it added.

 Euro-Mid called upon Israel to immediately stop its settlement construction in the occupied territories, especially in East Jerusalem, and to protect the Palestinian sovereignty over East Jerusalem and strengthening its position

  PNN

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