Palestinian children Bayan, 12, and Ayham, 7, stand with their father on the ruins of their demolished bedrooms in East Jerusalem (Photo: DCIP / Ivan Karakashian)
The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem forced a Palestinian resident of occupied East Jerusalem to demolish his own home under the pretext it was built without a permit.
Palestinian news agency WAFA said that Faraj Dabash embarked on Saturday on demolishing his home in Sur Baher neighborhood, south of Jerusalem, after he received a demolition order to avoid paying high costs that will be imposed by the municipality if it carries out the demolition itself.
Dabash told WAFA that he built a second floor over the family home to house his family, composed of his wife and three children, the oldest is 11 years old, but the Israeli municipality had issued a demolition order against it for construction without a permit, which now leaves him and his family homeless.
Palestinians say they are forced to build without a permit because getting one from a municipality that discriminates against them is almost impossible.