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Palestinian partially demolishes home upon Israeli order

Feb. 1, 2019 1:00 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 2, 2019 11:25 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, demolished parts of his own home, on Friday morning, upon order by the Israeli authorities.

A Ma'an reporter said that Mahmoud Omar Jaafreh implemented an order by the Israeli authorities' Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem to demolish parts of his home.

Israel had allowed Jaafreh until February 4th, 2019 to carry out the demolition himself, otherwise, the municipality would carry out the demolition, charge Jaafreh for costs and fine him.

Jaafreh told Ma'an that the Israeli authorities and courts ordered the demolition of half of his home, adding that he had attempted to freeze the order.

He pointed out that the area on which the building is located, has the necessary license paper for buildings.

Jaafreh's home, in which 13 family members live, is around 200 square meters, the demolished part was built in 2016.

Israel uses the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.

For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem's illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

According to Daniel Seidemann of the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem, "since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Jerusalem; in contrast, fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the last of which were built 40 years ago. So much for (Jerusalem Mayor Nir) Barkat's claim 'we build for everyone.'"

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