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Israel orders construction halt of structures in Jordan Valley

Oct. 25, 2018 3:26 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2018 10:27 A.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities ordered the halt of construction of Palestinian-owned structures, barns and tents, in the Zraa Awwad and the al-Maksar areas, in the northern Jordan Valley in the West Bank, on Thursday.

Local activist, Aaref Daraghmeh, said that the Israeli authorities delivered halt of construction orders under the pretext that the structures were built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permits.

He also mentioned that demolition notices were delivered to more than 17 steel structures and tents already built in the same area.

Daraghmeh added that the demolition notices informed the owners to evacuate by November 19th 2018.

Daraghmeh called upon human rights organizations to stand by Palestinian residents and protect their property and homes, especially at the start of winter.

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.

Forming a third of the occupied West Bank and with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C, the Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land unlikely to return to Palestinians following Israel's occupation in 1967.

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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