Municipality forces 4 families and groom to be to demolish their homes East Jerusalem July 2021
On Thursday, 1 July 2021, two families from one extended family were forced to demolish their homes in a compound that lies between the neighborhoods of Gilo and Beit Safafa (a-Tantur): a family of eight, including two minors, and a family of five, including three minors. The families first received the demolition order some 15 years ago, and legal proceedings have been underway since. On Sunday, 4 July 2021, a young man from al-‘Esawiyah was forced to demolish a home he had built for his upcoming marriage.
On Tuesday, 6 July 2021, two families from one extended family, numbering 16 people in total, 12 of them minors, were forced to demolish their homes in the a-Thawri neighborhood. One of the buildings consisted of a single apartment and the other consisted of two apartments, one not yet inhabited.
The Jerusalem Municipality goes out of its way to prevent Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem from building legally, as part of its attempt to drive them out of the city. Due to this deliberate policy, residents are forced to build homes and businesses without a permit. When the municipality’s demolition order arrives, they are stuck between a rock and a hard place – pay the municipality tens of thousands of shekels to demolish their homes, or do it themselves to save the cost.