A Palestinian in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya was forced to demolish his privately-owned house with his own hands to avoid paying high costs and fines after he received a demolition order from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, according to local sources.
Sources told WAFA Israeli authorities forced Mohammed Darwish to demolish his house or else the municipality will demolish it and obligate him to pay the costs, which amount to 300 thousand shekels (approximately $92.000).
Using the pretext of illegal building, Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
At the same time, the municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal Jewish-only settlements in East Jerusalem with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.