Jerusalem Municipality demolishes duplex under construction, East Jerusalem, 15 July 2020
On 15 July 2020, at around 8:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel arrived with an escort of Border Police officers, Israel police, and a bulldozer at the Jabal al-Mukkaber neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The forces demolished a duplex under construction intended as a home of two families, numbering 6 people in total.
The Jerusalem Municipality deliberately avoids preparing detailed urban building plans (UBPs), which are the only avenue for obtaining building permits, for the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. The result is a severe shortage of homes, public buildings, infrastructure and leisure and commercial facilities. This has left the residents no choice but to build without permits and risk demolition.