Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA
JERUSALEM, November 12, 2012 (WAFA) –A family of seven, including five children, was forced Monday to demolish their own home in Beit Hanina, north Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without permit, according to the owner of the house Ali Adaydeh.
He told WAFA that Israeli forces ordered him two days ago to demolish his 70-square-meter home, which was under construction.
Adaydeh was building the new home near a container where he has been living with his family for several years after efforts to get a permit to build on his land has failed.
The all-Israeli West Jerusalem municipality regularly denies building permits to Palestinians in Jerusalem area forcing them to build without a permit.
“I decided to demolish my own home because otherwise the municipality will demolish it and force me to pay very high costs that could reach $5000,” he said.
“All I wanted was a home to protect my family from the cold winter weather,” he concluded.