Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house, under the pretext of building without a permit, near Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Lion’s Gate in occupied Jerusalem.
At the order of the Israeli occupation municipality, the Jerusalemite family of Fareed Jaber, which consists of eight members, self-demolished, this morning, its own house near the Lion’s Gate to avoid paying an additional exorbitant fine for the demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carries out the demolition itself.
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 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 settlers into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and house demolitions.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli occupation government.
There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
In 2021, the Israeli forces demolished approximately 950 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, according to statistics by the Land Research Centre.
Last month, Israeli occupation demolished 35 Palestinian-owned structures in occupied Jerusalem, according to Al-Qastal, a Palestinian network hub for Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.
(Source / 26.09.2022)