Israel Demolishes Home in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, December 31, 2012 (WAFA) – Workers from the all-Israeli West Jerusalem municipality Monday demolished a Palestinian-owned home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber under the pretext of building without permit, according to the house owner.

Mohammad Shqeirat, 58, told WAFA that workers and a large police force came to his house, forced him and his family of 25 people to leave it quickly and then started to demolish it over its furniture. He said he was not given a prior warning of the demolition and was not given enough time to remove his stuff.

Shqeirat said he has tried for almost 15 years to obtain a permit to build and to add-on to his existing house but all his efforts have failed.

He said the Israeli municipality denies Palestinians building permits in East Jerusalem forcing them to build without a permit.

(english.wafa.ps / 31.12.2012)

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