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Israeli authorities order stop-construction of 3 homes in Salfit

Feb. 26, 2019 4:13 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2019 12:37 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities delivered stop-construction orders to three Palestinian-owned buildings in the Rafat village west of the northern occupied West Bank city of Salfit, on Monday, under the pretext that the structures are located in Area C.

Head of the Rafat village council, Abed al-Jawad Ayyash, told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided the village and delivered stop-construction orders to three Palestinian homes.

He identified owners of the three homes as Maen Farah Ayyash, Abed al-Razeq Sadeq Ayyash and Ihab Odeh Abu Zreiq.

Ayyash pointed out that the owners of the three homes were allowed until March 25th to object the orders.

Maen Ayyash told Ma'an that the Israeli authorities had not delivered him any notices during the construction of his home, pointing out that he has been living in the house for one year and is currently only doing construction work inside the house.

Ayyash stressed that he has documents proving that the land and building belong to him, and would head to specialized institutions to file a case at Israeli courts.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, although the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory are more easily given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

According to Palestinians and rights groups, Israel’s overall goal, both in its policies in Area C and Israel’s settlement enterprise, is to depopulate the land of its Palestinian residents and replace them with Jewish Israeli communities in order to manipulate population demographics in all of historic Palestine.
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