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May 4, 2012

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Coverage by Maan News Agency | May 3, 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished a restaurant in Beit Jala on Thursday under the pretext of lacking a building permit, Wafa news agency reported.

Local residents said that bulldozers arrived in the al-Makhrour area of Beit Jala at dawn protected by soldiers.

Israeli forces then sealed off the area and surrounded the restaurant before demolishing it, local residents said. The property was owned by Ramzi Qaisyeh.

The Mayor of Beit Jala Raji Zeidan said that Israeli forces have been targeting the al-Makhrour area of Beit Jala in an effort to force residents to leave their land for settlement expansion.

The largely Christian town of Beit Jala is flanked by Gilo and Har Gilo settlements to the north and north-west.

The proximity of illegal settlements and the route of Israel’s separation wall have put increasing pressure on village land, with several…

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