Palestinian family tears down its home to avoid exorbitant demolition costs

JERUSALEM, A Palestinian family from East Jerusalem decided on Monday to tear down its own home after it received demolition threats from the Israeli West Jerusalem municipality and to pay high costs if it will be demolished by the municipality, according to the family.

Ayman Naim Kawasbe said he received demolition order from the municipality for the house he built in Beit Hanina, north of the city, under the pretext of building without permit.

He said he was told that he will end up paying exorbitant fees if the municipality demolishes the house and therefore has decided to take it apart it himself, which he embarked on after emptying the house of all furniture.

Palestinians say obtaining a building permit in occupied East Jerusalem is almost impossible, which forces them to build without permit and risk serious consequences.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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