Details and pictures…the demolition of four residential houses in Sur Baher, Jabal Al-Mukabber and Beit Hanina
February 5, 2014

The occupation municipality’s bulldozers carried out a series of demolitions for residential houses in Sur Baher, Jabal Al-Mukabber and Beit Hanina in the city of Jerusalem. Sur Baher and the displacement of 4 individuals Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the demolished house in Sur Baher- Um Lysoon is owned by Mujahed Abu Sarhan where four individuals lived. Mujahed said that the Israeli forces raided his home around 05:30 a.m. after breaking the glass and damaging the front door. Then they assaulted him and forced him along with his family to evacuate the house and started with the demolition process after taking the furniture out. Abu Sarhan said: “the forces assaulted me and damaged out furniture and then demolished the house which is 35 square meters and is built from aluminium and tin plates.” He pointed out that the house has been built since 2008 and he is paying a 13-thousand NIS building violation fee. Abu Sarhan stressed that the demolition process was carried out without prior notice as he has been trying to obtain a building permit. Beit Hanina and the displacement of 7 individuals The forces demolished a house in Beit Hanina- Wad Al-Dam that is owned by Mohammad Sandouka and led to the displacement of 7 Jerusalemites. Ala’ Sandouka said that the forces raided the house around 05:30 a.m. and forces the family to evacuate the house despite the cold weather and then emptied the house and continued with the demolition process. Sandouka explained that the house was built 17 years ago and the family has paid a building violation fee of 10 thousand NIS on the 65-square meter house. Jabal Al-Mukabber…postponing the demolition The occupation bulldozers were ready to demolish two houses for Hussein Ramadan Shkeirat and his brother Naser in Jabal Al-Mukabber. The municipality crews emptied both houses and assaulted the residents (men and women) and severely beat them and also sprayed them with pepper gas; they also detained five young men. The houses were built 17 years ago and the family has been trying to obtain a permit throughout all those year but to no avail; note that 14 individuals live in both houses. After two hours of surrounding the houses, the family was able to get an order from the court to stop the demolition for 7 days after paying a 60-thousand NIS fine. Clashes broke out between the residents and occupation forces which detained 5 young men and released them after detaining them for several hours. Among them were: Ramadan and Odai Naser Shkeirat and Ramadan Shteiwi Shkeirat. Al-Bashir neighbourhood…demolition and displacement of 8 individuals The municipality bulldozers demolished the house of Khaled Mahmoud Bashir in the neighbourhood of Al-Bashir in Jabal Al-Mukabber; note that the 85-square meters house was built 5 years ago and consists of 4 rooms and their facilities where 8 individuals live including a child that suffers from a physical disability. Bashir explained that the occupation municipality imposed a 50-thousdand NIS building violation fee 8 months ago and he is currently paying a 900 NIS monthly payment. Bashir noted that his lawyer submitted an appeal to the District court’s decision in order to stop the demolition but the municipality crews had already demolished when they received the order. During the demolition, clashed broke out between the locals and the Israeli forces that assaulted them and sprayed them with pepper gas; they also assaulted the owner’s nephew and arrested him for no reason. Al-Sal’a neighbourhood and the displacement of 3 individuals In a related matter, the occupation municipality forced Maher Mashahra on Wednesday to self-demolish his house in the neighbourhood of Al-Sal’a in Jabal Al-Mukabber. Maher said: “a large Israeli force along with a bulldozer raided my house and gave me 4 hours to evacuate and execute the demolition. They threatened me to demolish it on my own expense (45 thousand NIS) which forced me to rent a bulldozer and self-demolish my house. The forces surrounded my houses until the demolition process was completed and imposed a 10-thousand NIS on me for the cost of police individuals that surrounded the location.” Mashahra pointed out that he has been living in the house for 3 years with his wife and his 3-month daughter.  

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