JENIN, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday notified a Palestinian of their intention to demolish his house in Thaher al-‘Abed village of the Yaabad town, located to the southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, said a municipal source.
The village mayor Tareq Amarneh said that Israeli forces stormed the village and handed Ameed Amarneh a military notice, informing his of their intention to demolish his house under construction purportedly for being located in proximity to the section of Israeli unilaterally-built wall.
Amarneh was given 15 days until May 20th to submit a written appeal against the demolition of his house, which occupies 220-square-meter-area, to an Israeli court.
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.