Source: Palestinian forced to self-demolish house in Jerusalem


Gaza Post – A Palestinian citizen from the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher began demolishing his own home on Sunday after being pressured to do so by the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem according to local sources.

Spokesman for the Palestinian Authority’s Anti-Settlement Commission, Hasan Burajiya, said that Mohammad Amira was forced to demolish his own home in the Sur Baher neighborhood’s Wadi Al-Hummus district after the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order against it on the grounds that it was built without a permit.

Mohammad Amira reported that he had no choice but to demolish the home himself in order to avoid paying unreasonable demolition costs to the Israeli municipality in the event it carries out the demolition.

Israeli occupation authorities demolished 77 residential apartments in July 2019 in Wadi Al-Hummus under the pretext that they were close to the Israeli segregation barrier, which separates Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians in Jerusalem asserted that they are forced to build without a permit because getting a building permit is impossible as the right-wing mayor and city council attempt to keep the city’s Palestinian population at a bare minimum while multiplying its Jewish residents by approving the construction of thousands of new housing units in Jewish settlements.

At least 75 percent of applications for a permit by the Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem are rejected by the municipality, according to rights groups.

(Source / 05.12.2021)

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