demolishing illegal buildings in Jerusalem
demolishing illegal buildings in Jerusalemspokesperson

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office intervened to delay the demolition of an illegal structure which houses about 100 people in an Arab neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.

The structure in the Wadi Qadum neighborhood of Jerusalem was slated for demolition tomorrow (Tuesday) at the order of National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.

No new date has been given for when the building will be demolished.

It was reported by Kan 11 last night (Sunday) that the police were preparing for the demolition of the structure, which had been slated for demolition for years. The demolition had not been carried out until now due to foreign pressure, among other things. Security officials warn that executing the demolition during a time that is already tense can bring to a round of violence in the capital.

Following the synagogue massacre in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem last month, National Security Minister Ben-Gvir issued instructions to expedite the demolition of illegal buildings in the city, which are not connected to acts of terror. Each structure has a demolition order against it. So far, seven of 14 structures that were ordered by Ben-Gvir to be destroyed were destroyed. Last Tuesday, Arab youths from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood blocked the entrance to the neighborhood in response to the orders.