Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 1

Israeli Troops Force Palestinian to Self-Demolish His Home in Occupied Jerusalem

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Israeli occupation troops forced a Palestinian resident to self-demolish his house in Dahiyat Al-Salam, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, Saturday, 5 November 2022. 

Local sources reported that Israeli occupation forces forced the Palestinian man Hamza Abdel-Gawad to self-demolish his  200-square-meter house which cost him about 200,000 shekels in the Dahiyat al-Salam under the pretext of building without a permit.

Israeli occupation forces threatened Hamza to damage his family’s house and fined him 100,000 shekels in case he refused to self-demolish the house.

Israeli occupation is trying in various ways to forcibly displace Palestinians from their own lands and demolish their homes in favor of settlement expansion using pretexts most notably building without a permit. 

 During the first five months of 2022, Israeli occupation demolished 300 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, according to the United Nations Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA).

The organization explained that most of the demolitions were carried out under the pretext of lacking a building permit, noting that “it is almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain such or that permit.”

Last October, Israeli occupation forces leveled 8 Palestinian-owned structures in occuiped Jerusalem leaving its People homeless, and issued demolition orders against dozens of others.