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Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Stop destruction of Palestinian family home

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 15/024/2009

The Israeli authorities are preparing to demolish a Palestinian family's home in East Jerusalem, on the grounds that it was built without a permit. Ahmad Ghoshe and his extended family have lived in the same house for generations. In June 2006 he built a small apartment on top of the house and three months later, the Jerusalem Municipality ordered its demolition. On 8 July 2009, after long court proceedings, the demolition order was scheduled to be carried out "imminently."

UA:192/09 Index: MDE 15/024/2009 Date: 17 July 2009
URGENT ACTION
STOP DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINIAN FAMILY HOME
The Israeli authorities are preparing to demolish a Palestinian family's home in East Jerusalem,
on the grounds that it was built without a permit.
Ahmad Ghoshe and his extended family have lived
in the same house in Jerusalem’s Old City for
generations. More than 40 of his relatives live on
the lower floors of the house, making it extremely
overcrowded. In June 2006 he built a small
apartment, of 50 square metres, on top of the
house, for him to live in with his wife Haifa, his son
Yusif and Yusuf’s wife Lubna, and his son's three
children, Anas (aged six), Adam (aged four) and
Amir (aged three). Three months later, the
Jerusalem Municipality issued an order for the
demolition of the apartment. On 8 July 2009, after
long court proceedings, the demolition order was
scheduled to be carried out "imminently." Since
2007 the family have had to pay a monthly fine of
600 shekels (US$200) because of the unauthorized building work. Only one of the family is in paid employment: he
earns 4,000 shekels (US$1,330) a month, with which he has to support the entire family.
Ahmad Ghosheis partially sighted suffers from severe asthma and other serious health problems. He and his family
have nowhere to go if their home is demolished, and will be made destitute. One of his sons, Muhammad, lived
nearby until 9 June, when his home was demolished.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English or your own language:
expressing concern that Ahmad Ghoshe and his family are in danger of having their house demolished, and
calling on the mayor to immediately cancel the demolition order;
calling on the mayor to cancel all other outstanding orders to demolish unlicensed houses in East Jerusalem;
calling for a moratorium on demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem until such time as planning and
building laws are amended in a manner that complies with international standards against discrimination.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 28 AUGUST 2009 TO:
Nir Barkat
Mayor of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Municipality
1 Safra Square
Jerusalem 91007
ISRAEL
Email: Lishka@jerusalem.muni.il
Fax: +972 2 629 6014
Salutation: Dear Mayor
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to
your country.
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after
the above date.
Date: 17 July 2009
URGENT ACTION
STOP DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINIAN FAMILY HOME
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Since Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank in 1967, the Israeli authorities have pursued a
policy of limiting new construction in the city’s Palestinian neighbourhoods. The authorities frequently demolish
Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on the grounds that they
have been built without a permit. Yet it is impossible for most Palestinians in East Jerusalem to obtain building
permits. Scores of Palestinian families in the Old City and thousands more in the rest of East Jerusalem have
demolition orders for their homes awaiting enforcement.
As a result of the housing shortage in the Palestinian sector of the city many families have little choice but to build
or extend their homes without permits. If they move out of the city Palestinians residents of Jerusalem lose the right
ever to return to the city.
While Palestinians homes are still being demolished because they were built without permits, illegal Israeli
settlements continue to be built and expanded in East Jerusalem in violation of international law. Elsewhere in
Jerusalem’s Old City, Israelis have obtained building permits, and demolitions of homes of Israeli Jews built without
permit are virtually unheard of.
UA:191/09 Index: MDE 15/024/2009 Issue Date: 17 July 2009

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