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Israel orders halt on construction of two dwellings in southern West Bank

Israel orders halt on construction of two dwellings in southern West Bank
Two Israeli soldiers keep watch as a bulldozer levels Palestinian land in Birin (File photo)

HEBRON, Friday, January 27, 2023 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation authorities today ordered a halt on the construction of two dwellings in Birin village, south of Hebron city, according to a local activist.

Rateb Jbour said that Israeli forces barged their way into the village and handed two people notices, ordering them to stop the construction of two residential rooms.

According to the Land Research Center, Israel has frequently issued military stop-construction and demolition orders against various residential and agricultural structures and dismantled barns in the locality, citing the lack of rarely-issued construction permits as a pretext.

Located to the southwest of Bani Na‘im, Birin has a population of 160 and is flanked by Bani Haiver colonial settlement from the east and the settler-only bypass Road No. 60 from the west. Its residents were originally expelled from Naqab in southern Israel and now depend on agriculture and livestock as their main source of livelihood.

Israel uses the Jewish nationalist name “Judea and Samaria” to refer to the occupied West Bank to reinforce its bogus claims to the territory and to give them a veneer of historical and religious legitimacy.

There are almost over 800,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel’s nation-state law that passed last July stated that building and strengthening the settlements is a “national interest.”


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