JERUSALEM, Sunday, March 21, 2021 (WAFA) – Two Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem were forced today to demolish their houses with their own hands to avoid paying high costs and fines after they received demolition orders from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, according to local sources.
In al-Issawiya neighborhood in East Jerusalem, resident Sami Obaid tore down his 100-square-meter house, which was built a few months ago, with his own hands to avoid paying exorbitant costs if the Jerusalem municipality carries out the demolition on its own.
Meanwhile, Mohammad al-Sabbah was also forced to demolish his house in the area of Ras Khamis in Jerusalem.
Earlier today, Raja'e Atiyeh, a resident of al-Isawiya, embarked on tearing down his own house in the neighborhood.
Using the pretext of illegal building, Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
At the same time, the municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal Jewish-only settlements in East Jerusalem with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.