Days of Palestine

Saturday, January 28

Palestinian Family Forced by Israeli Occupation to Self-Demolish Their House

S.K | DOP -

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) forced Saturday, December 31, 2022 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.

Mustafa Aramin, the owner of the house, said that he and his brother Mohammad received a year ago demolition order against their two-story house. Aramin and his brother appealed the order in Israeli courts but their appeal was turned down.

Last week, they were informed by the Israeli municipality to self-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.