Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ongoing Ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem- Home demolition in Beit Safafa / Nettoyage ethnique a Jerusalem- Demolition de maison a Beit Safafa

(c) Anne Paq/Activestills.org, Beit Safafa, Jerusalem, 17.03.2009.

Demolished Home. Broken family.

Today they watched, for hours and hours, their homes being taken away from them. stone by stone. How can these children grow up normally with these images in their head. How can they believe in peace?

Israeli demolition crews finish destruction of Beit Safafa home

Date: 17 / 03 / 2009 Time: 12:08

Jerusalem Maan- Israeli forces withdrew from Beit Safafa after five oclock Tuesday evening after demolishing the sixth floor of a multi-family home on Ar-Rakhma Street in East Jerusalem.

The floor was home to seven Palestinians from one family. The fourth and fifth floors of the building also have demolition orders against them, though it is unclear if and when Israeli troops and demolition crews will return to the location.

Demolition began in the late hours of the morning, with crews removing the tile roof of the building and knocking down walls on the Ar-Rakhma street building. The demolition stalled when demolition workers attempted to dismantle the elevator to the top floor. Eyewitnesses said several methods of destruction were attempted, and that the elevator and likely the elevator shaft were permanently damaged.

Earlier in the day armed soldiers blocked the entrances to both the Gilo and Beit Safafa streets, prohibiting press from entering the area and warning residents that if they leave with their cars they will not be permitted to re-enter the area. Others are able to enter the area but only on foot.

Soldiers have prevented those who live in the building from coming within 200 meters of the site. Those who wish to remove personal items from their homes in advance of the demolition are being removed from the area.

The six-story building belongs to Mahfoudh Abu Khalaf, who is reportedly refusing to leave the building, which houses 50 people, from several different families. Some were seen taking suitcases and furniture out of the building.

The first three floors of the building were built with permits, but the fourth, fifth and sixth were denied permits and are considered illegal. The sixth floor is home to seven people.

Israeli soldiers told locals that only the sixth floor will be destroyed Tuesday, though the other two have demolition orders pending. They have been assured that special equipment will be used to ensure that only the top floor of the building will be destroyed.

Witnesses said it was likely the demolition would damage the other floors of the home.


Maisons detruites, familles brisees.

Aujourd'hui les quatres enfanbts de la famnille Abu Khalaf ont regarde leur appartement, leur foyer, le centre de leur vie, se faire detruire. Il etait situe au sixieme etage d'un immeuble palestinien, a beit safafa, a Jerusalem. L'operation a dure toute la journee. D'abord la police est arrivee le matin et a fait evacuer tout l'immeuble. des travailleurs ont ramasse leurs vetements qui ont ete mis en tas par terre. pas le temps de sauver les meubles ou d'autres biens. la zone a ete fermee et les habitants de l'immeuble ne pouvaient pas s'approcher. puis des travailleurs sont ensuite alles casser les murs a l'interieur de l'appartement. d'autres sont ensuite alles sur le toit pour enlever les tuiles, une a une...enfin les bulldozers sont arrives pour commencer leur sale besogne, mais cela n'a pas ete facile pour detruire l'appartement et ils ont du se reprendre a plusieurs reprises. Pendant ce temps, les Palestiniens se so t tu, petit-a-petit. l'adolescente qui avait fait une crise d'hysterie s'est calmee. mais ce silence etait encore pire a entendre.
La municipalite a dit que dans cette zone les immeubles ne pouvaient pas depasser trois etages. donc non seulement il est interdit pour les palestiniens de construire (il est impossible d'obtenir des permis de construire pour les palestiniens), mais ils ne peuvent construire des nouveaux etages. quelle ironie, derriere l'immeuble qu'ils demolissaient, on pouvait voir les nouveaux immeublesm tres hauts de Jerusalem ouest, dans les quartiers juifs.
Israel continue sa politique de nettoyage ethnique a petit feu a Jerusalem.
Que vont penser ces enfants en grandissant et en ayant dans la tete ces images de leurs maisons qu'on a demoli?

No comments:

Post a Comment