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Today: Aug 17, 2017

District Committee Studies New Instructions Concerning Building Permits Submitted by Palestinian Jerusalemites

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has received from Metetyaho Hota, Head of the District Committee for Organization & Construction at the West Jerusalem Municipality, a reply to the Centers second memo concerning the new instructions not to follow up on building and licensing schemes submitted by Palestinian landowners in East Jerusalem - and who do not possess official ownership documents [Israeli Tabo] - because of the forged land issue, which is being investigated by the Israeli police.

In his reply, Mr. Metetyaho confirmed that the preparation for the new instructions will not take more than three months.

Mr. Metetyaho approved the content of the memo, which was sent by lawyer Ashraf Seif, on 14 March 2004, in which he [Mr. Seif] confirmed the fact that it is difficult to determine the identity of the owner in East Jerusalem.

In this regard, the reply stated, The Committee hopes to find solutions concerning this issue.

As for the schemes submitted by the Municipality, the Committee does not examine the issue of land ownership on whether the scheme was submitted by the Municipality itself. This is a legal procedure, the reply added.

Mr. Seif commented by saying, the Center will wait one more month until the Committee prepares new instructions, which then will be examined from a legal point of view with the possibility of submitting a petition to the Israeli Central Court.

In his first memo, which was sent last February, Mr. Seif inquired about the credibility [validity] of the new instructions concerning building permits submitted by Palestinian Jerusalemites. In his reply, the Head of the Committee confirmed the validity of these instructions and that the Committee is in the process of preparing new instructions concerning the Committees requests with regard to proving the ownership.

In his reply, Ms. Seif refuted the legality of the Committees decision because it contradicts the spirit of the law, in addition to the contradiction of the Committees position. These instructions are not applied to the schemes, which the Municipality had submitted to the Committee, thus creating discrimination between the citizen and the authority [Municipality].

Mr. Seif referred to the new instructions concerning the freezing of the licensing applications submitted by Palestinian Jerusalemites. These instructions coincide with other strict measures, which Israeli occupation authorities have begun months ago, through a number of measures. These include escalating its policy of house demolition, and imposing multiple penalties on what it describes as building laws violators: high fines, demolition of the house, and imprisonment.

The Tabo is considered one of the main and most important problems faced by Palestinian Jerusalemites while approaching the Municipality to apply for building permits. The latter stipulates that the applicant should have a Tabo, thus complicating the requirements and conditions required for the license, including the need to prove the ownership of the land, the difficulty obtaining a building permit especially after the forged land issue and the ongoing investigations by the Israeli police. This was taken as a pretext by the Municipality to freeze the licensing applications submitted by Palestinian Jerusalemites.