NABLUS, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday demolished a house under construction in Furush Beit Dajan village, to the east of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, a local official in charge of monitoring settlement activities, told WAFA that Israeli forces raided the village and demolished a three-room house under construction belonging to Ibrahim Ebnayat, purportedly for being built without a permit.
Furush Beit Dajan is located in the West Bank’s Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, where Israel rarely issues construction permits to Palestinians, forcing many to build without permits.
Israel has seized hundreds of dunums from Furush Beit Dajan for the construction of al-Hamra colonial settlement, located to the west of the village, al-Hamra military base and checkpoint as well as the by-pass road No. 57, which connects the Jordan Valley to Nablus area.
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 estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.