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Committee: Israel demolishes home near Jerusalem

Nov. 1, 2012 7:56 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 4, 2012 11:41 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities demolished a house in the West Bank village of Anata for the sixth time early Thursday, an Israeli group said.

The house, northeast of Jerusalem, was last torn down on Jan. 23 and rebuilt by volunteers in the summer, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions said.

It belongs to Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh, and is used as a peace center by ICAHD, the group said.

On a visit to the village after January's demolitions, the United Nations humanitarian envoy in the Palestinian territories urged Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes.

"Israel as the Occupying Power has a fundamental responsibility to protect the Palestinian civilian population under its control and to ensure their dignity and well-being ... The wholesale destruction of their homes and livelihoods is not consistent with that responsibility and humanitarian ideals," Maxwell Gaylard said in Anata.
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