Shattered dreams?

House demolition threatens a Mount of Olives family unable to pay a court fine.

By GIL STERN STERN ZOHAR
April 19, 2012 12:49
Family waiting for court ruling on home

Family waiting for court ruling on home. (photo credit: Gil Zohar)

 
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NGOs like the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions, Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, and Rabbis for Human Rights routinely decry the difficulties Palestinians have in obtaining building permits. According to ICAHD, since 1967, more than 2,000 homes have been demolished in east Jerusalem while the number of outstanding administrative and punitive demolition orders is estimated at up to 20,000. The most egregious case is that of Salim and Arabiya, whose home in Shawamreh in Anata (Area C), which adjoins Jerusalem to the northeast, was demolished on January 23 for the fifth time, along with a number of other structures in the Beduin compound.

But the reality of demolitions is more nuanced. Witness the case of the State of Israel vs Ibrahim Abu el-Hawa, which has been making its way through the Jerusalem Municipal Court for more than three years and is scheduled to resume on April 24.

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