Demolitions in East Jerusalem

Btselem has released updated data tracking demolitions in East Jerusalem. For 2017, Btselem reports that 61 housing units were demolished, leaving 155 people homeless, of which 86 were minors. This comes on the heels of even more demolitions in 2016: 88 units destroyed, 295 left homeless, of which 160 were minors. These were in addition to the demolition of 92 non-residential structures between January 2016 and December 2017, including fences, storerooms, farming buildings, businesses and a mosque.

At the end of December, Israeli authorities reportedly handed out new demolition orders in the neighborhood of Ras Kahmis. If implemented, Palestinian sources say the demolitions will leave 52 Palestinians homeless. Palestinian media also reported that on January 2, 2018, Israeli authorities demolished a home in Beit Hanina. In addition, the planned demolition of 4 buildings in Kfar Aqab is still pending implementation.