The Jerusalem Municipality demolished a stable, fence, road and several fruits trees today in Isawiya.
The property belongs to a family who run a small farm on the site and who have the required permits to keep animals on the property.
The legality of the demolitions, even under Israeli law, is unclear as court proceedings regarding the property were unresolved while the demolitions went ahead.
The demolitions are inline with an ongoing policy of actively constricting development in Isawiya, a neighbourhood that has incurred 5 demolitions over the last year. According to Jerusalem Municipal zoning laws, development is permitted on less than a third of Isawiya’s village lands, where building density has already reached the permitted capacity. To accommodate a growing population, Isawiya residents are forced to build without permits either by increasing density or expanding beyond residential zoning borders, and by doing so they face the constant threat of demolition.