Palestinian from Jerusalem forced to demolish own home

Feb 29,2020

Rights groups said that almost 75 per cent of applications for a building permit by the Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem are rejected by the municipality.

Palestinian citizen from occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shu’fat was forced by Israeli occupation to demolish his own house under pretext of violating municipal rules.

Mohammad abdul Salam Bashti, 26, was forced to demolish his own house after the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order under the pretext it was built without a permit.

He added that he had no choice but to demolish the home to avoid paying some $20,000 in demolition costs to the Israeli municipality.

The home demolished was the only shelter for his family.

Palestinians in Jerusalem say they are forced to build without a permit because getting a building permit is impossible as the right-wing mayor and city council attempt to reduce the Palestinian population in the holy city.

At the same time, the Israeli municipality encourages multiplying Jews by approving the construction of thousands of new settlement units for Jews.

Rights groups said that almost 75 per cent of applications for a building permit by the Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem are rejected by the municipality.

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