Displacing 8 people, ‘Israel’ forces Palestinian family to self-demolish house in Jerusalem

‘Israel’ forced Palestinian family of Abu Kaf to self-demolish its house in the Sur Baher neighborhood

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities forced on Sunday an 8-member Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house in Sur Baher neighborhood, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

Using the pretext of building without a permit, the Palestinian family of Abu Kaf was forced yesterday to self-demolish its house in the Sur Baher neighborhood at the order of the Israeli municipality.

The family consists of 8 people and have been living in their house for 10 years.

“We have no place to live in now, and we don’t even know what will happen next,” the family told Al-Qastal, adding that although the Israeli municipality ordered them to pay an exorbitant fine amounting to 65,000 Shekels, the municipality ordered them days ago to self-demolish their house.

The family said that the occupation municipality ordered them to carry out the demolition by itself or pay an additional exorbitant fine of the demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carried out the demolition.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

‘Israel’ has been moving its citizens into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s.

This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and home demolitions.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem to stop demolitions and forced displacement.

(Source / 10.01.2022)

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