IOF forces Jerusalemite to self-demolish his house

17-01-2017 20:21

Source: Alray


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) forces on Tuesday morning Feras Mahmoud from Jerusalem to demolish his own house in Essawia town in the center of occupied Jerusalem.


Local sources in Jerusalem said that the IOF informed Mahmoud of destroying his house under pretext of bung built without permit otherwise they will destroy it and he will afford expenses of demolition which normally of his costs.


Though the Israeli Jerusalem municipality has said it receives a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem compared to the Jewish population, and that Palestinian applications "see high approval ratings," procedures to apply for Israeli-issued building permits are lengthy, sometimes lasting for several years, while the application costs can reach up to 300,000 shekels ($79,180).


As four out of five of Palestinians in East Jerusalem live under the poverty line, applying for these permits is nearly impossible. As a result, only 7 percent of Jerusalem building permits go to Palestinian neighborhoods.


Demolitions of Palestinian structures and homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge this year, with the number of structures demolished in the first half of 2016 well exceeding the total number of demolitions carried out in all of 2015.


At least 1,569 Palestinians have been displaced since the beginning of 2016 as a result of demolitions in the occupied territory, compared to 688 Palestinians displaced over the entirety of 2015, according to UN documentation.

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