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Israel demolishes facilities in Silwan, Jerusalem

Israel has prioritized the evacuation and demolition of Palestinian homes in the town of Silwan in Jerusalem, in favor of settlement projects, but it measures the Palestinian and international reactions before moving forward with its plans, fearing a repetition of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood scenario.
This picture taken from the Mount of the Olives shows an Israeli flag flying with the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Silwan in the background, Jerusalem, July 1, 2021.

An Israeli military force consisting of 40 police vehicles reinforced with special units raided al-Bustan neighborhood in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, early in the morning of June 29. An Israeli bulldozer flattened the butcher shop of Jerusalemite Nidal al-Rajabi.

Rajabi had refused an order to demolish his shop within 21 days on the grounds that it was allegedly built without a license.

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