Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
The Israeli occupation authority on Monday forced a Jerusalemite citizen to demolish his own house and issued a demolition order against another home in Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, southeast of the holy city.
According to local sources, the Israeli occupation authority forced Osamah Zahayka to demolish his own house in Jabel Mukaber at the pretext of unlicensed construction.
The Israeli occupation authority also issued a demolition notice against the house of Waleed Abu Adheem in Jabel Mukaber. The house, which comprises four apartments, was built 20 years ago.
The Israeli occupation authority always threatens to make Palestinian homeowners incur exorbitant demolition expenses and fines if it comes to carry out the demolitions, forcing them to raze or remove their own homes.
The Jerusalemites have no choice but to build without licenses because there are no structural maps that respond to the natural increase in their numbers, and for that reason, they are denied house permits.
The demolition order was issued under the context that the house was built without building permits, which are almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain.
Occupied East Jerusalem is located in what the Oslo Accords designated as ‘Area C’ which calls under full Israeli military and administrative control, as a result the occupation state regularly issues demolition orders to Palestinians in the area, both those who have built homes to house their expanding families and those that have existed for decades.
The Palestinian Colonisation and Wall Resistance Commission reported that Israeli forces demolished 313 homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the first half of 2020.