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Israel razes land, confiscates vehicles in East Jerusalem

Nov. 19, 2018 1:56 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 3:07 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The staff members of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality stormed the Silwan neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, under the heavy protection of Israeli forces, on Monday.

A Ma'an reporter said Israeli bulldozers razed a land in the Silwan neighborhood, which belonged to Palestinian resident, Khaled al-Zir.

Sources added that Israeli forces confiscated a Palestinian-owned vehicle, umbrella, and chairs.

Israeli forces also confiscated several vehicles in the neighborhood under the pretext that the owners did not obtain an Israeli license.

The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution in July 2017 reaffirming the international body’s non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem, and condemned Israeli policies in the Old City.

The resolution referred to Israel as an “occupying power” in East Jerusalem, and stated that UNESCO “regrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law.”
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