Self-demolishing two apartments in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber in Jerusalem
November 13, 2016

Ja’abees family self-demolished on Sunday morning two residential apartments in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber following an order issued by the District Court under the pretext of building without a permit.

The first apartment is owned by Khalil Abdellatif Ja’abees where he lives with his family of 7 individuals including three children. Mohammad Khalil Abdellatif Ja’abees lived in the second apartment with his wife and three children; the area of both apartments is nearly 190 square meters.

Mohammad Ja’abees explained that the two apartments were built 10 years ago on the family’s land, and the municipality issued a demolition order against them under the pretext of building without a permit. The family attempted to obtain a building permit throughout the last 10 years but the municipality’s court as well as the Magistrate and District courts refused to license the apartments and ratified the demolition order.

Ja’abees added that the municipality’s court imposed a building violation fine on the family in which they were committed to paying in an attempt to license the apartments. Few months ago, the municipality forces them to self-demolish two room from each apartments under the pretext of recently adding them to the already existing building and threatened to impose new fines; the family executed the self-demolition order.