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Palestinian forced to self-demolish own house in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Friday, June 2, 2023 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation authorities forced today a Palestinian owner to self-demolish his own house in occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Um Tuba, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext.

Witnesses told WAFA that Ibrahim Abu Teir, the owner, demolished his own house after being pressed into doing so by the all-Israeli municipality. Abu Teir had no choice but to do so in order to avoid paying exorbitant fees to the Israeli municipality in the event that its crews carried out the demolition on their own.

Using the pretext of building without a permit, which is rarely granted to Palestinians in the occupied city, the Israeli municipality has been demolishing or forcing Palestinians to demolish their homes in Jerusalem as part of a policy aimed to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem for Jewish settlers with the goal of offsetting the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.

Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as "residents" whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.

They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel's separation wall.


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