Published: 2017-11-12 14:56
Last Updated: 2017-11-12 16:32
A Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own house in Silwan, Jerusalem, after the Israeli municipality threatened to demolish it for him.
The Israeli municipality told Abd el-Ghani al-Dweik that his house had to be demolished because it was built without a permit.
Dweik had to choose between paying high demolition costs and demolishing the house himself, WAFA news reported.
Palestinians in East Jerusalem are forced to build their houses without a permit, because the Israeli municipality rarely issues them to allow the “legal” construction of their homes.
The procedures to apply for Israeli-issued building permits are lengthy, sometimes lasting for several years.
The application costs could reach up to 300,000 shekels ($79,180), according to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ).