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In Photos: Israel demolishes home in al-Walaja, 40 others under threat

Feb. 11, 2019 10:44 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 4:01 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home, on Monday, in the al-Walaja village, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

According to local sources, heavily armed Israeli forces stormed the northern part of the village and demolished the home of Majdi al-Shweiki.

Sources pointed out that five family members lived in the home, which measured 100-square-meters, and that it was demolished under the pretext that it was built without the nearly-impossible to obtain Israeli permit.

Sources stressed that about 180 homes in al-Walaja received demolition notices, of which 40 are demolition orders that have been issued by Israeli authorities.

The 40 homes received demolition orders under the pretext of being built without an Israeli permit.

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.

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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