Monday, Aug. 26
Latest News
  1. Palestinian goverment: 26 million in development of ministries
  2. Rudeineh: Washington us unable to achieve anything by itself
  3. US: “No plan for unilateral annexation by Israel of the West Bank"
  4. Cluster of incendiary balloons land in southern Israel
  5. Palestinian FM condemns Germany's vote to define BDS as 'anti-Semitic'
  6. Israeli forces forcibly evict Muslim worshipers from Al-Aqsa
  7. Israeli forces detain 14-year-old Palestinian near Ramallah
  8. Erekat: Deviation from peace terms of reference doomed to fail
  9. Iceland's Hatari shocks Eurovision with Palestinian flags
  10. UNRWA: 4 Palestinian children killed in attack on Syria refugee camp

Rights group: Israel demolishes Palestinian home in West Bank

March 22, 2016 9:08 P.M. (Updated: March 22, 2016 11:25 P.M.)
Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian home and several structures in Khirbet Jenbah in the southern occupied West Bank on March 22, 2013. (Credit: B'Tselem/Nasser Nawaj'a)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli Civil Administration in the occupied Palestinian territory demolished a home and several structures in the southern West Bank on Tuesday morning, an Israeli human rights group said.

According to B’Tselem, Israeli authorities demolished a home and an adjacent shed and animal enclosure in the community of Khirbet Jenbah in the Masafer Yatta area of the southern Hebron Hills.

Solar panels donated by an international aid agency were also confiscated in the process, B’Tselem added.

A spokesperson for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT)‪ told Ma’an that the demolition measures were taken against structures “which had been built illegally and without the relevant orders in a firing zone.”

“Regarding the demolished structures, since there are neither High Court's interim orders nor any other legal hindrance for executing the orders, the enforcement measures were taken, in accordance with planning and construction laws in Judea and Samaria,” the spokesperson added, using the Israeli term for the West Bank.

The B’Tselem statement said residents viewed the demolition as a “message” from the Israeli state after they filed a petition against Israeli plans to expel them from the Masafer Yatta area to establish a military training area known as “Firing Zone 918.”

The demolition occurred a day before a hearing in front of Israel’s High Court of Justice on the issue.

The Masafer Yatta area is one of a number of tracts of land in the West Bank to have been declared a “firing zone” in the 1970s.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Palestinians are prohibited from entering these areas without rarely-granted permission from Israeli authorities, which has had “a serious humanitarian impact on Palestinian civilians and dramatically reduced the land available to them for residential and livelihood uses.”

While demolitions in the occupied West Bank decreased by 10 percent in 2015 from the previous year, OCHA reported that 539 Palestinian-owned structures were still demolished, leaving many Palestinians homeless.

Earlier this month, B'Tselem condemned an "unusually massive demolition campaign" across the West Bank that had left 435 Palestinians, including 234 minors, homeless since January.

According to the group, in the first week of March alone, Israel had torn down 17 dwellings, 19 agricultural structures, and a school in two Jordan Valley communities, one in the Nablus area and the other near Jericho -- leaving 64 people homeless, including 28 minors.

"These demolition operations impose an intolerable reality on the residents of the communities," B'Tselem said. "This governmental policy, implemented systematically for years, constitutes the forced transfer of protected Palestinian residents within the occupied area."

(Credit: B'Tselem/Nasser Nawaj'a)
Most Read
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015