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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Bethlehem

April 2, 2019 10:48 A.M. (Updated: April 2, 2019 2:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home in Beit Jala City in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, on Tuesday morning.

Locals in Bir Ouna said that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers into the area, sealed off the area preventing Palestinians from approaching

Israeli bulldozers then demolished a three-floor house belonging to Palestinian lawyer Bassima Issa under the pretext that the building was not issued a permit by the Israeli authorities.

Israeli forces have recently demolished Palestinian homes and delivered demolition notices to others in the Bir Ouna area.

Bir Ouna is classified as Area C and is under Israeli military control.

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

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.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, although 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.

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