Pictures: Beit Hanina- Occupation municipality demolish two houses for Rajabi family
August 21, 2019


On Wednesday, Israeli occupation forces demolished two house belonging to Rajabi family in Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that the Israeli municipality, accompanied by a large number of police, border guards and special units, stormed the Aqaba neighborhood of Beit Hanina, surrounded the house of Rajabi family and closed the streets and roads leading to them.Then, they evicted the residents and started emptying some of the contents.

Ibrahim Rajabi said that the bulldozers demolished the family's houses without prior warning. Twelve individuals, three of whom are under 18 years old, lived in the house. He lives in the house with his wife, child, mother, sister and brother, and the family of his brother Jihad.

Rajabi added that the building area is 200 square meters, and was built 15 years ago, during which the family tried to issue the necessary licenses in the last years. A final session was held about 3 months ago "early Ramadan", but the family was surprised today when the authorities stormed the place and carried out the demolition without warning.

The family explained that the municipal staff stopped the demolition for more than two hours "after demolishing parts of it," after a court decision. The municipality asked the family to pay 50,000 shekels to freeze the demolition for 10 days provided that they do not live in it, or complete the demolition, so the family chose to implement the demolition because of the dangerous condition ofthe building.