The occupation municipality orders a Jerusalemite to self-demolish his home in the neighborhood of Al-Thori and close a coffee shop in Sheikh Jarrah
July 29, 2016

Walid Shweiki self-demolished his home in the neighborhood of Al-Thori in Silwan while Izzat Kiswani was forced to close down his coffee shop in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah following orders from the occupation municipality under the pretext of building without a permit.

Demolishing a house

Walid Shweiki explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that he was forces to self-demolish his home in execution of the municipality’s order and to avoid paying a 50-thousand NIS fine in addition to demolition costs.

He added that he started building in 2014 and moved-in with his family of three individuals. The municipality crews previously raided the house several times until a demolition order was issued.

Shweiki also added that his house is built from “reinforced sheets” and it consisted of two rooms and their facilities.

Shweiki said: “I don’t have any other shelter for me, my wife and children after our home was demolished.”

Closing a coffee shop

In a related matter, Izzat Kiswani closed down his coffee shop in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem to avoid closing it by the municipality which would also confiscate the contents.

Kiswani explained that the court ordered him to close the coffee shop and gave him until the beginning of August to execute the order or they will close it and confiscate its contents.

He added that the 180-square meters coffee shop was built many years ago. Part of it is built from stones and the other is a “barracks”; three families lived off the coffee shop.