- The Occupation’s municipality demolishes a residential building In Beit Hanina/ Occupied Jerusalem
- Israeli Settlers sabotage Palestinian properties in Haris village
- Demolition of an Agricultural structure in Wad Rahal / Bethlehem governorate
- Settlers sabotage olives and Figs sapling in Al-Mu’arajat / Ramallah
- The Occupation’s municipality laid their hands on a plot in Sur Baher / Occupied Jerusalem
- Israel commits a crime against humanity in Wadi Al- Humus Neighborhood
Israeli forces a Palestinian to demolish his own home in Ras Al-Amoud / occupied Jerusalem
Tuesday , February 5 – 2019, Palestinian Mustafa Sbaih was forced to demolish 2 apartments owned by himself in Ras Al-Amoud area, The Israeli occupation considers the apartments unlicensed and gave the owner 2 choices, wither he demolishes the apartments with his own hands, or the occupation troops will implement the operation and make him pay the expenses for the used machineries (150,000 NIS).
Sbaih told LRC reporter:
“I built these two apartments 15 years ago, after I finished the construction, the occupation’s municipality workers showed up and served a demolition order, I hired a lawyer and the demolition was delayed several times, all these years I was trying to get a license , but the occupation municipality refuses to give me one.
2 weeks ago the occupation troops showed up and gave me a dead line until today’s evening to demolish the two apartments or they will implement the operation ,and I will have to pay the expenses, So I decided to demolish them myself.”
The apartments are inhabited by the following family members:
Number of family members
Zinab Mustafa Sbaih
Self-Demolition is a Crime against Humanity:
Definition: When an owner of a structure is forced to demolish his property by himself, it is called 'self demolition' or 'silent demolition'. It used to be carried out in quiet or in silence as the name suggests. But recently, due to their increased number of cases, victims have come to disclose that such type of demolition exists and that it is their only choice and speak out about the inhumanity of the Israeli occupation for forcing such a practice.
This kind of demolition is mainly imposed on Palestinians in Jerusalem in efforts to displace them and Judaize the city.
The Israeli occupation always justifies that type of demolition, which is a blatant contravention of the right to residence and a crime against humanity, on the pretext of unlicensed construction.
[If your house has been built without a building permit, then it is legal and you have to destroy it and remove the wreckage as soon as possible. You also have to take pictures of the destroyed structure and send them to the Inspection Department of the Planning and Construction Committee in the occupying municipality to verify the act. There is a fixed date regarding when you have to carry out the demolition operation and this is a red line you cannot cross. There is a second date set by the municipality court of local affairs to check if you have abided by the demolition order or not. In case you do not comply, the municipality will demolish your residence at your expense. If you cannot pay, you will be jailed, so the lesser of two evils becomes the self-demolition choice.]
LRC field observers kept a close eye on the matter and recorded 137 cases where the owners had to demolish their property by themselves during the past eight years making 1303 civilian citizens, more than half of whom are children, homeless and lacking security and stability.
The following table provides numbers of houses demolished by their owners in occupied Jerusalem (2010-2018):
Number of houses
Source: Firsthand field observation- Israeli violations monitoring section- LRC , January 2019.
Column chart shows number of self-demolished properties in east Jerusalem