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Israeli forces deliver stop-work order against Hebron-area Palestinian home

June 29, 2017 5:27 P.M. (Updated: June 29, 2017 7:48 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces delivered a stop-work order in the village of Idhna in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, locals told Ma’an on Thursday.

Israeli authorities delivered the notice to Sharif al-Jiawi for a one-story home in the al-Ras area of western Idhna in which six family members are currently residing.

While the warrant was dated June 22, al-Jiawi told Ma’an that he had not seen the document until Wednesday, a week later.

Idhna mayor Muammar al-Tmeizi said the warrant was part of a broader Israeli policy to displace Palestinians from the area, despite residents having lived in al-Ras for years.

A spokesperson for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which is responsible for implementing the Israeli government's policies in the occupied West Bank, told Ma'an that the structure was established "without the authorities' approval and illegally in Area C that is under the planing jurisdiction of the Civil Administration." 

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.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control -- are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

According to UN documentation, 247 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished thus far in 2017 across the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, displacing 417 people. In 2016, the UN recorded 1,065 demolitions across the occupied Palestinian territory.
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