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Jerusalem family demolishes own home following Israeli order

Oct. 24, 2015 7:50 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 25, 2015 11:11 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem demolished its own home on Saturday in order to avoid the Israeli municipality's demolition.

The house, which totaled 100 square meters, was built in 1998 in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and had been housing Abeer al-Rajabi, her husband, and six children, aged six to 18 years old.

Abeer's father, Elias, told Ma'an that the Israeli authorities had delivered several demolition orders in recent years, with the final order issued in April.

The order gave the family until Oct. 24 to execute the demolition, after which point they would be charged 60,000 shekels ($15,430) in demolition expenses.

The family attempted to secure the necessary permits, but the Jerusalem municipality refused, claiming that structure had been built too close to the street.

Elias al-Rajabi said that the municipality has also imposed a fine of 250,000 shekels ($64,290) on the family for building the house.

Israeli government policies make it nearly impossible for Palestinian residents to obtain building permits, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

As of September this year, 29 Palestinian homes have been demolished in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving 29 Palestinians homeless, according to Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

Nearly 579 homes have been destroyed over the last twelve years, leaving 2,133 Palestinians homeless in total, the group reports.

Joe Fattal / USA
A hell of a poor excuse. To close to the streets. Now that the house is been demolish I doubt Israel will give them a permit to rebuilt the house away from the streets. Just an excuse to remove Palestinians from Jerusalem.
24/10/2015 20:36
Tobias / USA
-1- The situation is unfortunate, but such families deserve no sympathy, since they knowingly ignored and broke laws, just like many others.
In fact,
-2- Israel deserves a lot of credit for using great restraint, where though 100s of families did the same, only 29 homes were demolished !!
24/10/2015 20:43
Mike / USA
arabs dont have respect for the laws of Israel.
24/10/2015 23:11
@ Tobias / \ Tibi/Tubas
-1- It is not nearly the first time that illegal Palestinian builders gambled
that the State of Israel would never notice, and lost when Israel did, and
-2- This family knew the risks, before building without getting permits !!
25/10/2015 06:13
Joe Fattal / USA
@ Tobias / USA Legally Jerusalem doesn't belong to Israel. Annexed or not it is still been occupy. Even Netanyahu agrees when he referred to the Holocaust and the Palestinians when he said, they wanted the destruction of Israel than and they weren't even occupy.
25/10/2015 17:13
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont....That's enough to tell you that Palestinians territories are under occupation and that include East Jerusalem. Therefore it doesn't belong to Israel and they can't evict anyone. But again yes they can if the Palestinians authorities are too weak to do something about it.
25/10/2015 17:18
Outlier / USA
If Israel provides security, water and power, then has de facto sovereignty and can regulating building.
26/10/2015 00:13
Fred / UK
Israel is an occupier to the Palestinian land,East Jerusalem Palestinians have no right and will never get permission from Israeli state to build houses on their land.
Israel wants the Palestinian to leave Jerusalem.
26/10/2015 20:33
Julie / USA
It is wrong to deny Palestinians building permits. It is wrong to demolish Palestinian homes. It is wrong to change the rules for Palestinians after they have built. Palestinians want only fairness. The Israeli settlers are building illegally. How would they like their homes demolished?
27/10/2015 20:13
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