Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem forced by Israeli municipality to self-demolish own storage rooms

A Palestinian resident of occupied East Jerusalem was forced today by the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem to self-demolish his own storage rooms under the pretext of construction without a permit.

Mohammad Joulani said he was forced to demolish the two storage rooms in Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem to avoid paying heavy costs if the demolition was done by the municipality.

He said the two rooms were built by his father and were used by the family to store goods for trading but that he had now to demolish them because the municipality claimed they were built without a permit.

Getting a building permit in occupied East Jerusalem is a very difficult task because of the Israeli municipality’s discriminatory policies.

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