Land Research Center - LRC

The Israeli occupation authorities force two brothers to demolish their homes in Silwan/ Jerusalem

2019-06-18

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Tuesday , 18 June 2019, Brothers Basil and Hatim Al-‘Abasi demolished their own building (which consists of an apartment for each), on the pretext of building without obtaining licenses from the occupation’s municipality.

Hatim Al-‘Abasi told LRC reporter:

“The building consists of 2 floors , each one contains an apartment (120 m2) , it was built at the beginning of January 2019.

Two weeks ago, we received a demolition order on the pretext of building without licenses. As the military order said, We the owners must demolish our property before a certain date, in case we breached the deadline, the occupation’s municipality will implement the operation and make us pay for the costs (about 80,000 shekels).

In order to reduce the losses, we decided to demolish the building in our own hands, we lost hundreds thousand of shekels in a blink of an eye.”

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Self demolition causes great pain and feelings of oppression, when the fathers carries out the demolition, children become confused and view their caretaker as weak and helpless. This may lead to fragmentations, clashes and instability within the family, and children might suffer psychologically and lose trust in the family, society and future. 

Self-Demolition is a Crime against Humanity:

The Israeli policies in forcing Jerusalemites to demolish their own home is increasing quickly, due to the Jerusalemites poor economical circumstances, Once they receive a military order they run to destroy their own homes to avoid the high fines.

LRC field observers kept a close eye on the matter and recorded 137 cases where the owners had to demolish their property by themselves between 2010-2018 .

The following table provides numbers of houses demolished by their owners in occupied Jerusalem (2010-2018):


years

Number of houses

Area m2

Family members

children

2018

20

1976

125

65

2017

17

1325

90

55

2016

28

1999

125

56

2015

6

380

31

14

2014

11

605

88

31

2013

13

822

107

64

2012

14

984

92

53

2011

15

700

88

56

2010

13

827

102

61

total

137

9618

848

455

Source: Firsthand field observation- Israeli violations monitoring section- LRC , January 2019.


The Bar graph shows number of self-demolished houses in east Jerusalem according to years

1 Km south Jerusalem, Silwan is surrounded by Jerusalem city (north & east), the green line “The occupied territories” (west) , Ath-Thori and Jabal Al-Mukabir (south).

Silwan has an area of 1,400 dunums, 855 of them are the town’s built up area.




[1] GIS-LRC