Israeli soldiers forced, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian family to demolish its own home in Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of being built, 40 years ago, without a permit.

Local sources said the soldiers forced the Jaber family to demolish its home, after threatening to impose high fines and fees if the City Council carries the demolition out using its workers and equipment.

The Palestinian family filed various appeals with the city and Israeli courts but were unable to save their home.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, in direct violation of International Law, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property.

This is happening in addition to the complicated procedures the Palestinians have to go through, the very high costs of filing for these construction permits, and the extended periods the residents have to wait, and in most cases, they are denied”

The acts of home demolitions and destruction are illegal collective punishment policies that violate International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various international resolutions.