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Israel to demolish Palestinian dwellings in northern West Bank

Israel to demolish Palestinian dwellings in northern West Bank
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TUBAS, Tuesday, February 21, 2023 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation authorities today notified five villagers of A’qqaba, east of the occupied West Bank city of Tubas, of the imminent demolition of their dwellings, according to a human rights activist.

Aref Daraghmeh said that Israeli forces barged their way into the village and handed four villagers military orders, notifying them of the intention to knock down their under-construction houses.

The gun-toting soldiers also handed another villager an order, notifying him of the intention of raze his mobile house.

The demolition orders, Daraghmeh said, were issued on the basis of Israeli military order No. 1797, which allows the occupation authorities to carry out demolition within 96 hours as of the date of the issuance of the orders.

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 the 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.

Soldiers in the oxymoronically named Civil Administration, the name Israel gives to the body administering its military occupation of the West Bank, determine where Palestinians may live, where and when they may travel (including to other parts of the occupied territories like Gaza and East Jerusalem), whether they can build or expand homes on their own land, whether they own that land at all, whether an Israeli settler can takeover that land among others.


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