Two Old City Jerusalem families forced to demolish own homes

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Aug 27 21:22:43 BST 2009

Two Old City Jerusalem families forced to demolish own homes

Jerusalem – Ma’an – Two Palestinian families in 
Jerusalem’s Old City have been forced to demolish 
their own house after Israeli authorities 
threatened him with heavy fines if he did not.

One resident, Muhammad Faysal Jabir lived with 
his family of five in a 28 square meter house in 
the Aqbat Al-Khalidiyya neighborhood of the Old 
City. Jabir told Ma’an that the apartment used to 
be just 12 square meters, and that he added an 
extension apparently without permission from the Jerusalem Municipality.

The Israeli controlled Jerusalem Municipality 
frequently refuses Palestinian requests for 
construction permits, using this as a pretext for 
house demolitions. Self-demolition is often the 
least expensive route for Palestinians facing the destruction of their homes.

Israel occupied and later annexed East Jerusalem, 
a step not recognized internationally.

Meanwhile, the documentation department of 
Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights 
was said that another resident living in the 
As-Silsila neighborhood of the Old City, Muhammad 
Al-Mughrabi was also forced to demolish his house 
after the Jerusalem Municipality threatened he 
would pay a fine of 80,000 Israeli shekels (21,063 US dollars).

According to the organization, Israeli 
authorities have forced 18 Jerusalem families 
consisting of 135 people to demolish their own homes.

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