Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - The Israeli occupation authorities forced a Palestinian citizen to demolish his own house in Beit Hanina town north of occupied Jerusalem on the pretext of being an “unlicensed construction.”
The homeowner, Fawaz Abu Hammad, was ordered by the Israeli occupation authorities to knock down his house, built ten years ago, and remove the rubble.
Abu Hammad pointed out that a hearing would be held on February 27 to address the 10-year-long case of his home.
After years of struggling to get a building permit and paying nearly 43,000 shekels (about $13,800) in fines for “unlicensed construction,” Abu Hammad has recently built his house after demolishing it himself.
In the latest hearing, held last September, the Israeli occupation authorities proposed imposing a fine of 35,000 shekels (roughly $11,000) on him in return for postponing the demolition for six months, but he refused.
Abu Hammad along with his seven-member family was living in the house.
“After the demolition of the house, the [Abu Hammad] family was scattered,” he said.
Abu Hammad noted that self-demolishing the home and removing its rubble had cost him 28,000 shekels (approx. $9,000), adding that he was also forced to reduce the height of the fence surrounding his land.
The area of occupied Jerusalem has been subjected to massive demolitions by the Israeli occupation for the purpose of expelling Palestinians out of their lands and Judaizing the city.