Citizen Ziad Amira self-demolishes his house
August 18, 2013

Citizen Ziad Amira was forced to self-demolish his house which is located in the village of Sur-Baher as ordered by the municipality because of building without a permit. Ziad explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the house is 100 square meters and has 3 bedrooms, a living room and its facilities and 9 people live in the house (Ziad’s mother 85, Ziad and his wife, their children where the oldest is 24 years old and the youngest is 15). Amira noted that he had built the house 15 years ago and was able to move in two years after it was built where he had to borrow money and sell his wife’s gold to finish building the house. The first demolition order was issued 20 days after he moved in the house and Amira was able to postpone the demolition for the past years and paid large amounts of money to the lawyers in addition to paying more than 75 thousand NIS of building violation fees. Amira added that the municipality’s court issued an order last May to self-demolish the house under the pretext of building without a permit, and threatened to have its bulldozers demolish the house on Amira’s expense for a total of 73 thousand NIS, and said: “I rented a bulldozer and self-demolished my house and an outside balcony which is 70 square meters,” noting that demolishing his house cost him 25 thousand NIS.  

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