Israeli court orders Palestinians demolish their home

The Israeli judge refused to listen to the family defence, saying that the demolition of the house would be ‘a gift to the state of Israel’

Israeli court ordered on Sunday Palestinian family to demolish their home located in Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan.

According to family sources, the two apartments are the third and fourth floors of a five-story building and they house 13 people

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem –Israeli court ordered on Sunday Palestinian family to demolish their home located in Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan.

According to the court, the house was allegedly built without have the necessary permits from the Israeli authorities.

Siyam family, owners of the house, said the two apartments, which were ordered to be erased, were built 21 years ago, and over the time they have spent 600,000 shekels ($154,000) in fines to Israeli authorities, in addition to fees paid to obtain a license.

The Israeli judge gave the family two weeks to demolish the apartments themselves; otherwise, the family face demolition costs and a penalty fine and members of the family would be jailed for four months.

According to family sources, the two apartments are the third and fourth floors of a five-story building and they house 13 people.

Just two weeks ago, the family paid a fine of 25,000 shekels ($6,400) for the fifth floor, but the court was unconcerned by the fact that demolishing the third and fourth floors inevitably meant demolishing the fifth.

The Israeli judge refused to listen to the family defence, saying that the demolition of the house would be “a gift to the state of Israel.”

(Source / 29.11.2015)

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