IOF Force Self-demolition

What is affected
Housing private
Type of violation Demolition/destruction
Date 24 December 2012
Region MENA [ Middle East/North Africa ]
Country Palestine
Location Wadi Joz, Jerusalem

Affected persons

Total 6
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution


Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative

IOA forces Jerusalemite to raze part of his home

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) forced a Jerusalemite citizen to demolish part of his home in Wadi Al-Juz in occupied Jerusalem at the pretext it was built without permit.

Wadi Halawa information center quoted Ashraf Al-Halwani, the son of the house owner Rifat, as saying that Israeli-controlled municipality teams sealed the house with red wax in 1997.

He said that his father, however, managed to open this part of the house and used it, adding that it was a living room and a dining hall. Ashraf said that it was part of the house in which six people live.

He said that his father repeatedly tried to obtain a construction permit but to no avail, adding that this part of the house was old and built with tin and his father rebuilt it using bricks.

“My father paid 70000 dollars to lawyers, engineers, surveyors, and in fines but in the end our file was rejected,” he said.

Ashraf said that a couple of days ago a final demolition order was issued that that part of the house should be knocked down by 3/1/2013 and “to avoid paying for the demolition we razed it with our own hands.”

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