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Shop flattening scheduled by illegal expansion

Eight shops next to the Israeli Chemical factory built on land stolen from Tul Karem municipality are scheduled to be destroyed in fourteen days. Built in 1996, and owned by Ali Qasim, the shops have been closed since September 2000 due to IDF operations including gunfire, rendering the village unsafe.

Seventeen propriotors received notices on a piece of paper written in Hebrew and in Arabic that the building would be destroyed. The paper stated that they had three days to respond.

A group of IDF soldiers in Jeeps pronounced on a notice building that the shops would be destroyed. Proprietors were informed that their buildings are illegal because they are not registered with a municipality.

The owners however, have written proof of registration and proof that they have been paying taxes to the Tul Karem Municipality.