Israel yesterday carved a hole into the Old City walls of occupied Jerusalem to create a new gate near the ancient Damascus Gate (Bab Al-Amoud).
The news came from Palestinian sources inside the city which said that for several days the Jerusalem Municipality has been making changes to an inner courtyard of the Christian Quarter, Quds Press reported. The new gate is thought to lead to Christian homes inside the Old City, but the reasons for its construction are unclear.
The community leader, Basem Saeed Wajih, told Quds Press that:
Israel regularly acts with impunity against Jerusalem’s infrastructure. Yesterday, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian printing press in the city’s Silwan neighborhood, just outside the Mughrabi Gate. Israeli forces subsequently detained and assaulted the Palestinian inhabitants who filmed the incident.
A Jerusalemite whose family members were detained said that:
Earlier this week, Israel also razed Palestinian land in Jerusalem’s Sheik Jarrah neighborhood, despite not having a court order to do so. Hashem Badr, a member of a local committee, said that Israeli bulldozers entered the neighborhood and began to raze the land and uproot several trees under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.
Badr stressed that the Custodian of Absentees’ Property, the department responsible for the razing, attempted to claim ownership of the property and carry out the seizure of the land without an official court order.
Source: Palestine Chronicle