JERUSALEM (The Inside Palestine) – A Palestinian citizen from the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher embarked today on demolishing his own home after was pressured to do so by the all-Israeli municipality of Jerusalem, according to local sources.
Hasan Burajiya, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority’s Anti-Settlement Commission, told WAFA that Mohammad Amira was forced to demolish his own home, located in the Wadi Al-Hummus district of Sur Baher neighborhood, after the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order against it under the pretext it was built without a permit.
He added that he had no option but to demolish the home himself in order to avoid paying unreasonable demolition costs to the Israeli municipality in the event it carries out the demolition.
In July 2019, Israeli occupation authorities demolished 77 residential apartments in Wadi Al-Hummus under the pretext that they were close to the Israeli segregation barrier, which separates Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
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 keep the city’s Palestinian population at a bare minimum while multiplying its Jewish residents by approving the construction of thousands of new housing units in Jewish settlements.
Almost 75 percent of applications for a permit by the Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem are rejected by the municipality, according to rights groups.