An order to demolish two residential barracks in the village of Al-Tur
January 30, 2014

The District court in Jerusalem decided to demolish two residential barracks in the village of Al-Tur east of the Old City of Jerusalem in a period of 60 days. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the District court judge decided on Thursday to demolish two residential barracks owned by the family of Maslamani in the neighbourhood of Al-Hardoob in Al-Tur and refused the family’s appeal and gave them only 60 days to execute the demolition order or it will be demolished by the municipality’s crews on the family’s expense. Omar Maslamani informed the Information Center that he and his father Mahmoud built the two barracks last April from Aluminum, plaster and tin and the municipality issued a demolition order under the pretext of building without a permit; note that 8 individuals live in the barracks including 2 children who are special needs. Maslamani added that the area of the first barracks is 60 square meters and the second is 41 square meters and had cost them 98 thousand NIS to build. The municipality recently imposed a violation fee of 750 NIS for digging and sweeping the land. Omar explained that the municipality is trying to confiscate the land which is Dunom in order to open a main road that will pass through their land. The plan for the main road was presented to the Knesset in 2000 and was not ratified, but according to the municipality, the owner can only raise sheep and chicken in the land and build a room for farming.