Three apartments and shop storage rooms demolished in East Jerusalem by order of the Jerusalem Municipality
Yesterday, 7 Aug. 2018, at about 8:00 A.M., Jerusalem Municipality personnel, accompanied by Border Police officers and equipped with a bulldozer, came to the Shu’fat neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The forces demolished the top story in a five-story family home. The story included two housing units with an area of around 100 sq.m. each, which were completed approximately three months ago and were intended for two young men from the family.
Several buildings were also demolished in the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood yesterday. One family demolished by itself a housing unit with an area of around 100 sq.m. it constructed some four months ago as an additional story in its home, after the Municipality issued a demolition order against the unit in April 2018. Municipality personnel later came to the neighborhood, accompanied by Border Police officers and equipped with a bulldozer, and demolished a storeroom and two containers belonging to a supermarket that were installed in 2011, with a total area of around 700 sq.m.
The Jerusalem Municipality deliberately avoids preparing detailed urban building plans (UBPs), which are the only avenue for obtaining building permits, for the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. The result is a severe shortage of homes, public buildings, infrastructure and leisure and commercial facilities. This has left the residents no choice but to build without permits and risk demolition.