World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel on Thursday started to build a section of its separation barrier around a Palestinian hotel in Abu Dis town in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), a Palestinian rights activist said.
Israeli bulldozers started to cut Cliff Hotel off Abu Dis by creating a wall of cement around it in preparation for subsuming the hotel, lawyer Bassam Bahar, the head of a local committee defending lands in Abu Dis, told Anadolu Agency.
According to Bahr, the Israeli Supreme Court decided a few days ago that the barrier should run around the Cliff Hotel for security reasons.
Bahar described the court order as "illegal" given the fact that the hotel is a private property.
Built in 1954, Cliff Hotel was the home of Ayad family, but was turned into a hotel in 1978. The building was rented by Al-Quds University in 2001 as a residence for its staff.
The 32-room hotel has two restaurants in addition to a 1,400-square-meter garden.
The land has already been turned by Israel into a military garrison and a checkpoint.
In 2009, the Palestinian family, which owns the hotel, appealed to the Supreme Court to regain its property.
Last September, the Israeli attorney general decided that the Supreme Court should have the final say about that property.
Israel's separation barrier deprives more than 50,000 residents of Al-Quds of the right to live in the Old City, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.Last Mod: 28 Mart 2014, 09:55