To Avoid Excessive Penalty, Family Members Start Demolishing Their Own Homes

12:00 Feb 7 2012 Al Fredees, near Mt Carmel

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

After Israel informed them of its intentions to demolish their homes, members of the Hardan family in Al Fredees village, at the Mount Carmel in the north of the 1948 territories, started demolishing their own homes, east of the village, in order to avoid the unreasonable and excessive penalties and fines that would be imposed upon them.

The so-called Construction and Planning Committee claimed that the buildings were erected without construction permits, and that the constructions will be demolished, and the family will be forced to pay up to NIS 500,000 should family members refrain from demolishing their own homes at their own expense.

The Arabs48 news website reported that the homes in question were built using tin so many years ago on a 4 Dunam land that the family owned way before Israel was established in historic Palestine in 1948.

The land was owned by the mother, Najma Hardan, who died just a few months ago, leaving the properties for her children.

Her son, Samir, stated that his late father built the homes when he was working in agriculture, and when he also had livestock.

In the 1990’s, Israel imposed excessive fines on the family, and issued orders to demolish the structures.

Samir added that several officials, including the Engineer of the local council promised to resolve their issue, but nothing happened on the ground.

Younis Mer’ey, head of the village council, stated that he tried to help the family out, but was unable to do so as the case was taken over by the District Council. He also tried to have the demolition delayed until the end of this winter, but his efforts were not successful.

“I personally had to demolish a small structure that was built in front of my house, I didn’t want to face these unbelievable fines," he said, “Now, I asked this family to demolish their homes, it will never be easy, but much cheaper than facing the fines, and the costs of having the Planning Committee demolish them."
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