An Israeli lawmaker on Wednesday urged the government to install ceramic tile tiles to replace the damaged tiles in a Jerusalem neighborhood that were removed by an Israeli settler’s bulldozers.
“The problem is not the tiles themselves, it’s the context that these tiles were placed in,” MKs Avi Gabbay and Meir Lau tweeted.
“The tiles were originally placed in a public park, then moved to the homes of Palestinians in an attempt to prevent demolition.”
They said the demolition of the homes, as well as the “unwarranted destruction” of their gardens and gardens by the bulldozers, constituted a “grave violation of the rights of the Palestinian residents and the residents of the adjacent neighborhoods.”
Lau and Gabbaday, who both represent the Jewish Home party, said that if the government did not follow through on its promise to replace them, the entire neighborhood would suffer.
“It is obvious that the government of Israel cannot keep on the path of neglect, the destruction of our historic neighborhoods and the destruction to the land,” Lau said.
Lau’s office said that the MK’s tweets come after a previous request to the Israeli authorities for the removal of the tiles was rejected by a judge.
The judge said that he would not take up the request until the government provided evidence.
The Israeli government said that it has removed over 600,000 pieces of ceramic tile from homes in East Jerusalem, but that more than 20,000 are still standing.
The majority of the houses are built on the city’s northern perimeter, and most of the rest have been demolished.
A Palestinian resident of a Palestinian neighborhood in East Eggedon in the West Bank, seen in this handout image released by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), June 25, 2017.
The new tiles are being installed by a local contractor, who has not yet been identified.
The mayor of the nearby town of Jenin, which has been hit hard by the demolition, called the demolition “a great loss for the entire area.”
“We will be waiting for the government’s decision on the new tiles to come out,” the mayor, Mohammad Qadour, told Al Jazeera.
“I want the government, the prime minister and the cabinet to explain why these tiles, this historic neighborhood was demolished.”‘
We have a problem’While Israel’s government has previously promised to remove over 1.8 million illegal Israeli settlement homes in the occupied West Bank by 2020, many of those homes remain on site.
A recent report by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more homes were still standing in the area, with 1.2 million illegal structures, including over 1,300 structures in illegal outposts, but many of them have since been demolished by Israel’s military.
The OCHA said that at least 1,600 of the structures, which it termed “illegal outposts,” were in areas where Israel had granted permission for them to remain.
“There are many illegal structures in Judea and Samaria, but there are still hundreds of illegal structures on Palestinian land,” OCHA Middle East director Jan Egeland told Aljazeera.
“We have the problem, we have a serious problem with the situation.
I have no doubt that the prime ministers office, which is responsible for this, will have to respond to the situation in a way that is just and fair.”