The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) forced a Jerusalemite citizen to self-demolish his own house in the east Jerusalem district of Issawiya on the pretext of unlicensed construction.
The house owner, Nizar Muhaisen, had already received a notice from the Israeli municipality ordering him to demolish his 80-sq apartment in Issawiya before February 15.
He had to comply with the measure in order to avoid paying demolition expenses and fines to the municipality.
Hundreds of Jerusalemite homes are threatened with demolition or appropriation as part of Israeli occupation’s Judaization plans in the occupied holy city.
The Jerusalemites have no choice but to build without licenses because there are no structural maps that respond to the natural increase in their numbers.
The IOA also imposes building restrictions on the Palestinian natives in east Jerusalem and makes it hard for them to obtain construction licenses.
The Israeli occupation’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes in the holy city is believed to be aimed at psychologically destroying the Jerusalemite families in an attempt to force them to move from the city.
Since 1948, Israeli occupation demolished more than 500 Palestinian villages and towns.
In 2022, more than 900 Palestinian-owned houses were either demolished or destroyed in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces.