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Video| ‘Israel’ forces Palestinian family to self-demolish home in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities have forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its own home in Beit Hanina town in the occupied city of Jerusalem earlier on Thursday.

At the order of the Israeli occupation municipality, the family of al-Khader has self-demolished its home in Beit Hanina town to avoid paying a fine in exorbitant demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carries out the demolition.

The al-Khader family has been living in its home for 70 years and the home has been under Israel’s threat of demolition since 2013.

The al-Khader family has 25 members and their building consists of 5 apartments for 5 families.

The family said that the Israeli municipality ordered them to forcibly vacate their home in 20 days.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem, and allowed settler organizations to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the Palestinian families.

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