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Israel Demolishing Talks

By Mel Frykberg
IPS

ISSAWEYA, Occupied East Jerusalem, Dec 20, 2010 (IPS) – More and more Palestinians are paying the price for deadlocked talks over Israel’s continued settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Muhammad Robin Alyyan, 27, from the volatile Issaweya suburb of East Jerusalem, stands next to piles of rubble and twisted metal. This is all that remains of his, and his two brothers’ printing business. It was a business that took ten years of hard work and their combined life savings to build into a profitable enterprise. The Alyyans’ printing premises together with a number of other Palestinian homes and properties in occupied East Jerusalem were bulldozed and demolished by Israeli security forces last month because they allegedly did not have a building permit.

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