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Jerusalem Municipality demolishes building in al-‘Esawiyah. Photo by 'Amer A'ruri, B'Tselem, 1 May 2018
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Statistics on demolition of houses built without permits in East Jerusalem

For figures on demolition of houses in the rest of the West Bank click here

 

Demolition of houses and Non-residential structures in East Jerusalem, 2004-2019, B'Tselem data, updated to 31 Oct. 2019

Year
Housing units Of those: Demolition carried out by owners1 People left homeless Minors left homeless Non-residential units Of those: Demolition carried out by owners
2004
53
No data
194
110
No data No data
2005
70
No data
140
78
No data No data
2006
44
No data
98
18
No data No data
2007
62
No data
219
149
No data No data
2008
79
5
340
188
No data No data
2009
46
2
256
145
No data No data
2010
23
10
181
91
No data No data
2011
23
15
114
56
No data No data
2012
28
8
107
52
27 2
2013
72
12
301
176
28 0
2014
52
152
163
75
54 3
2015
45
23
104
65
38 0
2016
92
184
322
171
51 2
2017
61
9
155
85
49 5
2018 59 12 155 63 70 6
2019 155 375 269 149 84 10
Total
964
145
3,118
1,671
401 28


Notes

1. Some owners demolish own home after receiving a demolition order, to avoid being charged by the municipality with demolition costs and fines.

2. Two owners sealed their homes after receiving an order from the municipality, leaving 4 people, including at least 2 minors, homeless. In addition, sections of two homes were demolished by their owners after receiving an order from the municipality.

3. One owner sealed his home after receiving an order from the municipality, leaving 6 people including 3 minors homeless. In addition, sections of another home were demolished by their owner after receiving an order from the municipality.

4. In addition, sections of four homes were demolished by their owners after receiving an order from the municipality.

5. In addition, sections of three homes were demolished by the owners after receiving orders from the municipality.

 

Total and partial demolition of houses and other structures, 1999-2013, official data

Year East Jerusalem - Demolitions by the Jerusalem Municipality East Jerusalem - Demolitions by the Interior Ministry Total
1999 17 14 31
2000 9 7 16
2001 32 9 41
2002 36 9 45
2003 66 33 99
2004 115 18 133
2005 76 14 90
2006 71 10 81
2007 69 6 75
2008 71* 7 78
2009 65 3 68
2010 53 3 56
2011 60 4 64
2012 49 2 51
2013 25 35 60
Total 814 174 988

* Until Aug. 2008

For a breakdown of the data on houses demolished in East Jerusalem by the Ministry of the Interior, by neighborhood, click here

Sources:

  1. The figures on houses demolished by the Jerusalem Municipality were provided to B'Tselem by the Municipality on 11 March 2004 and 4 November 2008, following a request under the Freedom of Information Law.
  2. The figures on houses demolished in East Jerusalem by the Ministry of the Interior were provided to al-Quds Center for Social and Economic Rights on 5 December 2004 by the Ministry's Strategic Planning Department, and in a letter of 24 September 2008 to B'Tselem from Daniel Segev, who is responsible for freedom of information matters relating to the Ministry.
  3. The figures on demolitions by the Ministry of the Interior in 1999-2001 were taken from the September 2004 report of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions.

* = No statistics provided.

Statistics on the demolition of buildings built without permits in East Jerusalem - according to neighborhoods

Neighborhood 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Total
'Issawiya 6 1 0 11 0 18
Old City 1 0 0 2 4 7
Beit Hanina 2 1 9 8 19 39
Abu Tor 0 0 0 0 4 4
Jabel Mukhaber 2 0 1 1 9 13
Ras al-'Amud 2 3 4 1 3 13
A-Tur 1 0 1 0 3 5
Shu'afat 3 3 17 3 6 32
Sheikh Jarakh 0 1 0 1 1 3
Silwan
0 0 0 2 10 12
Zur Baher
0 0 0 7 4 11
Total Palestinian buildings demolished 17 9 32 36 63 157
Total Jewish buildings demolished 4 6 6 13 1 30

The statistics were provided to B'Tselem by the Jerusalem Municipality on 11 March, 2004 following a request based on the Freedom of Information Act.

Demolition of houses 1987-1998

Year East Jerusalem
1987 No Data
1988 30
1989 No Data
1990 No Data
1991 No Data
1992 12
1993 48
1994 29
1995 25
1996 17
1997 16
1998 30

Sources of Information:

  1. The statistics on houses demolished by the Jerusalem Municipality were provided to B'Tselem by the municipality on 11 March, 2004 following a request based on the Freedom of Information Act.
  2. The statistics on houses demolished in East Jerusalem by the Interior Ministry were provided to the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights on 12 December, 2004 by the Department for Strategic Planning of the Interior Ministry, and to B'Tselem in a Letter of 24 September 2008 from Daniel Segev, supervisor of freedom of information, Ministry of the Interior. .
  3. The 2004 statistics and the statistics on house demolitions in East Jerusalem by the Interior Ministry between 1999 and 2001 are based on a report published by the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions in September 2004.