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Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in Issawiya

12:00 Jan 17 2017 Issawiya

Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in Issawiya Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in Issawiya Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in Issawiya Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in Issawiya Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in Issawiya
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya demolished his own home on Tuesday in order to comply with a demolition order from the Israeli Jerusalem municipality.

Homeowner Firas Mahmoud told Ma’an that he had been notified by the Jerusalem municipality that if he didn’t take care of it himself, Israeli authorities would demolish his home themselves and charge Mahmoud 300,000 shekels ($78,518) for the cost of the demolition.

Mahmoud added that he had begun building the 130-square-meter house in the Habayil al-Arab area of Issawiya eight months ago and was about to move in with his family of five.

Issawiya local committee member Muhammad Abu al-Hummus said that Israeli authorities had recently been targeting Habayil al-Arab, taking photographs of the neighborhood and delivering demolition warrants "haphazardly."

Mahmoud is among many Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem who are forced to demolish their own homes in order to avoid paying costly municipality demolition fees.

A spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality had previously told Ma’an that “self demolitions occur when house owners heed legal notices and court rulings and remove building code violations independently. Specific instances of residents heeding these notices are not verified in real time, therefore we cannot comment on them."
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