A Palestinian man forced to demolish his home in Jerusalem 29May11 May 30, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre -  29 May 2011

Mahmoud Aramin, a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, was forced to demolish his home on Saturday to avoid his house being demolished by the municipality and get charged extortionist rates for the demolition.

The Zionist occupation municipality ordered the demolition of Aramin’s house on the pretext of lack of planning permission despite the fact that the municipality had already ordered Aramin to pay a high financial penalty for not having a planning permission which he was paying by monthly instalments.

Aramin’s neighbours and human rights activists who witnessed the demolition spoke of the physiological scars resulting from demolition of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem under various pretexts, especially when home owners are given an ultimatum to demolish their own homes themselves or the municipality will carry out the demolition and charge the owner for the demolition.

Many Palestinians in Jerusalem are forced to build new homes or make extensions without a planning permission because the Israeli occupation policy in Jerusalem makes it virtually impossible for Palestinians to get planning permissions.

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