More Palestinian-Owned Structures Demolished by Israeli Forces in West Bank

More Palestinian-Owned Structures Demolished by Israeli Forces in West Bank

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Israel demolished a number of homes and other buildings in the occupied West Bank that were owned by Palestinians as part of the most recent escalation against the Muslims.

On Tuesday, four homes in the village of al-Jiftlik, north of the historic city of Jericho, were demolished by Israeli forces under the excuse that they were illegally constructed in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is governed by the Israeli military.

Also in the West Bank, Israeli military forces knocked down 17 metal barns Palestinians use to raise livestock. Livestock is an important sector of the Palestinian economy, contributing up to 46 percent of total agricultural income.

The head of the village council, Ahmad Abu Ghanem, told Wafa news agency that soldiers stormed into the village and proceeded to demolish the four homes with a bulldozer.

“The destruction left several families homeless, and the demolition operations are still ongoing,” he said.

The Israeli army routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, claiming that the structures lack so-called construction permits, a pretext widely used by the apartheid regime. The construction permits are almost impossible to obtain.

Almost 75 percent of applications for a permit by Palestinian residents of al-Quds are rejected by the Israeli municipality, according to rights groups.

The demolitions come within the context of forcing out Palestinian families from different neighborhoods across the Occupied Palestinian territories and replacing them with illegal Israeli settlers.

Israeli settlers have also been aiding the Israeli occupation army in the illegal destruction of structures owned by Palestinians.

Based on an internal official document it had obtained, Haaretz newspaper uncovered on Monday there is a close cooperation between Israeli illegal settlers and the Israeli local authorities to report any Palestinian construction work in the occupied West Bank in an effort to dispossess Palestinians.

The document revealed that through an online platform, Israeli settlers provide tip-offs on any activity carried out by Palestinians, not only on house constructions, but also activities such as “digging wells” and “planting trees.”

Critics are expecting more escalation against Palestinians as Israel’s most far-right and pro-settler administration in its history is being sworn in during one of the deadliest years for Palestinians.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces have demolished more than 320 structures in the occupied West Bank and al-Quds, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis occupy over 250 illegal settlements that have been built across the West Bank since the 1967 occupation.

The UN Security Council has in several resolutions condemned the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement projects in the occupied Palestinian lands.

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