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Today: Oct 17, 2017

Demolition of Five Palestinian Houses Postponed

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has obtained decisions from the Israeli Central Court preventing the West Jerusalem Municipality from demolishing five Palestinian houses in Occupied Jerusalem for periods ranging between one year and one year and a half.

The Court postponed the demolition of Jamal Totahs house until 31 December 2004, during which period he will go forward with the necessary procedures in order to obtain a building permit. A 40,000-shekel fine was imposed on Mr. Totah, payable in one hundred monthly installments (an average of 4,000 shekels per payment). He also signed a 25,000-shekel bail bond as security that he will abide by building laws during the time period given by the Court.

Furthermore, the Center obtained a court decision giving Fatmeh Ideis an additional one-year period to attempt to obtain a building permit. According to the decision, the fine, which was imposed on Mrs. Ideis in 1999, was reduced from 25,000 shekels to 5,000 shekels. A bill of indictment was submitted by the Jerusalem Municipality against Ms. Ideis, accusing her of not abiding by a previous court decision to pay the fine, which was imposed on her at the time.

The Jerusalem Municipality complied with the request made by JCSERs lawyer to cancel the bill of indictment submitted against Amineh Qarain, a resident of the Silwan neighborhood, south of Jerusalems Old City. The bill of indictment accused Mrs. Qarain of violating building laws. A fine in the amount of 180,000 shekels was imposed. However, the Centers lawyer succeeded in convincing the Municipalitys judge to reduce the fine to 100,000 shekels, and to give Mrs. Qarain a one-year period in which to obtain a building permit.

Moreover, the Court postponed the demolition of Ilham Al-Akaris house, located in the At-Tur neighborhood, for one year. A 20,000-shekel fine was imposed on Mrs. Al-Akari, payable in monthly installments. She also signed a 20,000-shekel bail bond as security that she will abide by building laws.

The Center also succeeded in postponing the demolition of Issa Shamasnehs house in Beit Hanina, north of Occupied Jerusalem, for one year and a half. A 24,000-shekel fine was imposed on Mr. Shamasneh, payable in forty-eight monthly installments. He also signed a 15,000-shekel bail bond as security that he will abide by building laws.

According to JCSERs data, Israeli occupation authorities have targeted twelve Palestinian houses since the beginning of 2004, while demolition teams distributed tens of demolition warnings on the eve of the Moslems Feast (Eid Al-Adha). Most of these warnings were placed on the walls of the houses, not given to the house-owners.