Jerusalem24 – Yesterday, the Israeli authorities forced a Palestinian family to demolish three of their homes, in the Ashqariya neighborhood in the town of Beit Hanina, North of Jerusalem.
The family said: The three houses are inhabited by 13 people, most of them children, and that one of them was built about 22 years ago, noting that over these long years, they appointed a lawyer to defend them against demolition, and paid heavy fines in attempts to license the buildings, but the Israeli authorities refused and set crippling conditions.
Subhi Al-Dalal said that his family had to demolish their three homes after receiving a final warning to demolish them, otherwise the family would bear heavy costs if the Israeli municipality demolished them.
He stressed that the family had to hire a bulldozer to demolish it, photograph the demolition process and send the photos to the Israeli municipality to stop imposing fines, stressing that the demolition process was harsh on his family members when they saw the homes in which they lived for many years demolished.
The Israeli municipality targets thousands of families in Jerusalem, and seeks to displace their members by handing them demolition orders under the pretext of building without permits. Although Jerusalemites seek to obtain the required building permits, the occupation municipality does not allow this.