Jerusalem municipality demolishes 13 illegal buildings in terrorist’s neighborhood
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Jerusalem municipality demolishes 13 illegal buildings in terrorist’s neighborhood

Authorities dismantle structures, stables and clear public land in Jabel Mukaber, hometown of truck driver who killed four soldiers

Authorities remove a temporary structure put up without permits from Jabel Mukaber on January 11, 2017. (Flash90)
Authorities remove a temporary structure put up without permits from Jabel Mukaber on January 11, 2017. (Flash90)

The Jerusalem municipality cracked down on illegal construction in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber this week, demolishing over a dozen unauthorized structures.

The Arab neighborhood with a population of some 14,00 was home to Fadi al-Qunbar, the terrorist who killed four soldiers and wounded 16 more in a truck-ramming attack on Sunday in Jerusalem.

The city council found many buildings were constructed on public land and without planning permits, a statement from the municipality said.

On Wednesday, the municipality’s policing and inspection department demolished eight illegal temporary structures and cleared five dunam of land designated for building schools.

The structures had been used for a building supply business.

Authorities remove a temporary structure put up without permits from Jabel Mukaber on January 11, 2017. (Flash90)
Authorities remove a temporary structure put up without permits from Jabel Mukaber on January 11, 2017. (Flash90)

On Tuesday, the council cleared one-and-a-half dunam at Qunbar junction, near the home of the terrorist’s family, knocking down five temporary buildings that had been used as stables. The area is zoned as a public area and was reserved for a new road. The animals were taken to the city’s veterinarian.

A composite photo of the four Israeli soldiers killed when a terrorist rammed his truck into a group of cadets on January 8, 2017 in Jerusalem. Clockwise from left, IDF Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, IDF Cadet Shir Hajaj, IDF Cadet Erez Orbach, IDF Cadet Shira Tzur. (Handout photos from IDF spokesperson)
A composite photo of the four Israeli soldiers killed when a terrorist rammed his truck into a group of cadets on January 8, 2017 in Jerusalem. Clockwise from left, IDF Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, IDF Cadet Shir Hajaj, IDF Cadet Erez Orbach, IDF Cadet Shira Tzur. (Handout photos from IDF spokesperson)

Additionally, city planning supervisors mapped out the neighborhood, noting illegal construction and identifying and registering the homeowners.

The municipality said the enforcement was designed to tackle serious building offenses, which it said contravened the law and safety requirements, compromised public areas and hurt the neighborhood.

Authorities remove a temporary structure put up without permits from Jabel Mukaber on January 11, 2017. (Flash90)
Authorities remove a temporary structure put up without permits from Jabel Mukaber on January 11, 2017. (Flash90)

The city also started enforcing payment of the property and water taxes for residents of the neighborhood.

Fadi al-Qunbar, named as the terrorist who plowed a truck into Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017 (Channel 2 screenshot)
Fadi al-Qunbar, named as the terrorist who plowed a truck into Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017 (Channel 2 screenshot)

Also on Wednesday, Arab citizens of Israel went on strike in protest of Tuesday’s demolition of 11 illegal structures in Qalansawe, an Arab town in the Triangle region of central Israel.

On Tuesday, the Joint (Arab) List faction, which also supported the general strike, harshly condemned the demolitions, calling them “an unprecedented crime and a declaration of war against the residents of Qalansawe and the Arab public.”

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