Israel continues forcing East Jerusalem residents to demolish their own homes, September 2020
Between 2019 and 2020, the incidence of East Jerusalem Palestinians demolishing their own homes, after building them without permits, increased significantly. The residents chose to do so to avoid paying thousands of dollars the city would have charged them to carry out the demolition itself. In September 2020 alone, the Jerusalem Municipality forced nine families to demolish their own homes to avoid paying the charges and demolished two other homes itself, leaving 45 Palestinians, including 26 minors, homeless. From January 2020 through September, 100 homes were demolished in East Jerusalem by order of the municipality, 68 of them by the owners. This left a total of 323 people, including 167 minors, homeless. Israel does not view East Jerusalem residents as people with equal rights and rarely allows them to build legally. When, given no other choice, they build homes without permits, the municipality demolishes them — all as part of a policy to drive Palestinians out of Jerusalem and Judaize the city.