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Palestinian family forced by Israeli municipality to demolish its own house in occupied East Jerusalem

Palestinian family forced by Israeli municipality to demolish its own house in occupied East Jerusalem
Self-demolition in East Jerusalem. (File)

JERUSALEM, Saturday, December 31, 2022 (WAFA) – The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem today forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house in Wad al-Jozz neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of building without a permit.

WAFA correspondent said the family decided to tear down its home to avoid paying exorbitant costs and fines if the municipality staff carried out the demolition.

Mustafa Aramin, the owner of the house, told WAFA that he and his brother Mohammad received a year ago a demotion order against their two-story house.

Aramin and his brother appealed the order in Israeli courts but their appeal was turned down.

Last week, he said, they were informed by the Israeli municipality to demolish their house before Sunday, otherwise, the municipality will carry out the demolition and force them to pay $25,000 in costs. As a result, he said, they found themselves forced to tear it down today and displace their families of nine people.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2022, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished 1,058 buildings (353 residential buildings and 705 structures), including 93 forced self-demolition, most, 88, were in the Jerusalem governorate, which topped the total demolitions at 29%, including the demolition of 128 residential buildings and 176 structures.

M.K.

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