Israeli excavators demolish a Palestinian building in Issawiya, East Jerusalem on 15 August 2019 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
A Palestinian man who went to the Israeli High Court to appeal a decision to demolish his house in Jerusalem's Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood was told by the court that he has until Sunday to tear down his house or he will be fined $30,000, reported Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Abdullah Zaatra said that his brother, Yasin, appealed through his lawyer to the High Court against a decision by the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem to demolish his house in five days for construction without permit.
The court quickly ruled on the matter and ordered Zaatra to either demolish his own house by Sunday or he will be fined $30,000 if the municipality goes ahead with the demolition.
Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem say they are forced to build without a permit because getting one is an almost impossible task in light of Israel's discriminatory building policy in the occupied city.