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Israeli forces demolish 2 Palestinian buildings in Jerusalem

June 21, 2018 11:35 A.M. (Updated: June 22, 2018 2:35 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes in the villages of Abu Dis and Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces demolished an under-construction house in the Abu Dis village in central Jerusalem.

The demolished building, was owned by Hussein Mohammad Khalil Wahish, is very close to the Israeli separation wall.

Sources stressed that the demolishing comes under the Israeli campaign to expand settlements.

Israeli forces also demolished a house in the village of Qalandiya on the outskirts of Jerusalem; two Israeli bulldozers had raided the village in the early morning hours of Wednesday and demolished the house which locals identified as belonging to Ali Mutair.

Israeli forces also reportedly uprooted trees surrounding the area.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported, that Mutair's home was demolished despite an Israeli court ruling barring the demolition.

Israel plans to demolish at least 20 homes and structures in Qalandiya village, under the pretext that it was built without a nearly impossible-to-obtain permit.

When the Oslo II Interim Agreement was signed in 1995 between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, like many villages across the occupied West Bank, the villages of Abu Dis and Qalandiya was divided into areas ‘B’ and ‘C’.

Approximately 66 dunams, two percent of the total area of the Qalandiya village, were assigned as Area B, where the Palestinian Authority (PA) officially has complete control over civil matters, but Israel continues to have overriding responsibility for security, according to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ).
Compared to the small section marked as Area B, approximately 3,207 dunams, roughly 98 percent of the total village area, was classified as Area C, where Israel retains full control over security and civil administration.
In Area C, the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli security and civilian control, Palestinian construction and land management is prohibited unless through consent or authorization by the Israeli Civil Administration.

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

Meanwhile, 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, despite living in settlements that violate international law.

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