U.N.: Israel Must Freeze East Jerusalem Home Demolitions
30 Apr 09 | Ha’aretz
The United Nations is demanding that Israel freeze all pending demolition orders against Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.
The orders were issued because the homes were built illegally. But a new report by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that Palestinians face serious obstacles in building legally, as only 13 percent of East Jerusalem is zoned for Palestinian construction, while Jewish “settlements” occupy 35 percent of East Jerusalem, “in violation of international law.”
The difficulty of building legally is what leads many Palestinians to build illegally, it said. >>>