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Israeli forces demolish horse ranch near Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Monday, January 25, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today demolished a horse ranch in Anata town, northeast of the occupied West Bank city of Jerusalem, according to local sources.

They told WAFA that a large Israeli military force raided the area of Marj al-Anati in the town, where they demolished the 200-squaremeter ranch, which belongs to al-Natsheh family.

Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.

Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

In contrast, Israel argues that building within existing colonial settlements is necessary to accommodate the “natural growth” of settlers. Therefore, it much more easily gives over 700,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.

K.T./ K.F.

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