IOF forces family to self-demolish its home in Al-Quds
The IOF have forced the Nassar family in Silwan to self-demolish their three-apartment building, or else pay an unreasonable demolition fee of 200,000 shekels.
A family in Palestine was forced Saturday to self-demolish its home in the neighborhood of Wadi Qaddum in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa mosque, to avoid paying an unreasonable demolition fee of 200,000 shekels imposed by the Israeli authorities, according to WAFA news agency.
ملخص الطفولة بالقدس .. الاحتلال يجبر عائلة نصار على هدم منزلها ويشرد أطفالها pic.twitter.com/QCMi260PYt— AlQastal القسطل (@AlQastalps) December 11, 2021
The Nassar family, who lives in the Wadi Qaddum neighborhood in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, were forced to demolish their building, comprising three apartments, after being pressed to do so by the Israeli authorities under the pretext that it was built without a permit.
Jawad Nasar, who lives in one of the apartments with his wife, four children, and mother, had no option but to demolish the building with the help of his brother and nephew to avoid paying unreasonable demolition costs to the Israeli municipality in the event it carried out the demolition.
Following the demolition, Jawad said his family would be homeless living on the streets because they have nowhere else to go.
However, Jawad stressed that the family has decided to stay in their land no matter what and live in a tent.
“We will not leave the place no matter what happens,” he reiterated.
آخر وجبة في المنزل .. الطعام الأخير مع الأمان— AlQastal القسطل (@AlQastalps) December 11, 2021
أطفال عائلة نصار يتناولون غداءهم الأخير أثناء هدم منزلهم في القدس pic.twitter.com/P64T1NCEdL
The Nassar family had for so long waited anxiously in the corridors of the Israeli occupation courts to try to stop the displacement order from the three apartments, but their efforts have always gone in vain, with the final arbitrary order issued about two months ago.
Building without a permit; or an arbitrary measure?
The Nassar family is not the first Palestinian family to be forced to demolish its residence in Al-Quds under the pretext of building without a permit.
Palestinians often build their homes without a permit because it is almost impossible to get one, and the reason is that the mayor and city council attempt to keep the city’s Palestinian population at a bare minimum and multiply its Jewish residents by approving the construction of thousands of new housing units in illegal Jewish settlements.
In the town of Silwan, located to the south and southeast of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians are under continuous threat of arbitrary eviction.