“Israel gave the Palestinian family a notice warning them that they must clear out the stock from their own store and get ready to demolish it themselves.”
Israel’s West Jerusalem municipality had prior to this, issued a demolition notice for the store, under the pretext of lacking a building permit in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood.
The municipality at the beginning of November threatened Amin Abbasi into demolishing his own shop, in Silwan, within a 30-day deadline.
He was told that Israeli forces will demolish it and force him to pay extortionate demolition fees should he refuse to tear down his premises.
Four out of five of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem live under the poverty line, and applying for building permits comes with various taxes and fees amounting to tens of thousands of dollars.
As a result, only seven percent of Jerusalem building permits have been allocated to Palestinian neighbourhoods in the past few years.
Applications for building permits are also known to take years to be processed, giving Israeli courts a loophole to increase Palestinian home demolitions by branding structures as “illegal”.
Jerusalem has been a target of illegal Israeli settlements and home demolitions amid a wider plan to annex the Palestinian part of the city.
The New Arab
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