Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities on Saturday forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house in Beit Hanina neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.
At the order of the Israeli occupation municipality, Jerusalemite Moath Rajabi self-demolished his own house in Beit Hanina to avoid paying an additional fine in exorbitant demolition costs to the Israeli municipality if it carried out the demolition.
Rajabi said he received a demolition order two weeks ago by the Israeli occupation municipality, under the pretext of building without a permit.
Rajabi added that he was forced to carry out the demolition himself to avoid paying an additional fine in exorbitant demolition costs to the Israeli municipality.
Rajabi, a father of three, said his family lived in the newly-built house 45 days ago. However, the occupation destroyed their dream of settling, as they now have no place to live in.
Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
At the same time, the Israeli occupation municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.
‘Israel’ has been moving settlers into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and house demolitions.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions 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 the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.