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Home demolitions displace 330 Palestinians in single month

Israel demolishes 235 Palestinian structures in the West Bank in February — the highest monthly total for at least seven years.

A Palestinian girl walks back from school to her demolished home after it was torn down by Israeli bulldozers in the village of Khirbet al-Halawah in firing zone 918, which includes several villages, south of Hebron, West Bank, February 3, 2016. Israeli forces demolished at least a 23 buildings in the military zone in the southern West Bank, leaving several families homeless. Israel has carried out a long campaign to relocate the residents of the area, which was declared a military zone by the Israeli government in the 1970s.

A Palestinian girl walks back from school to her demolished home after it was torn down by Israeli bulldozers in the village of Khirbet al-Halawah in firing zone 918, which includes several villages, south of Hebron, West Bank, February 3, 2016. (photo: Activestills.org)

Israeli forces demolished 235 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank in February, according to the UN’s humanitarian agency, the highest such figure since it started keeping record in 2009.

In all, UN OCHA confirmed to +972 Magazine, the demolitions displaced 331 Palestinians, including 174 children, and otherwise affected a further 740 Palestinians.

March began as February ended, with Israel demolishing 41 structures in Khirbet Tana, located southeast of Nablus in the West Bank, displacing 36 people including 11 children. The destroyed structures included 12 provided by the Palestinian Red Crescent and the Palestinian Authority as humanitarian assistance, as well as an elementary school, according to an OCHA statement released on Friday.

In total, the Civil Administration — the Israeli military’s governing arm in the West Bank — has demolished at least 323 structures so far in 2016, over three-quarters of the number of Palestinian structures in the West Bank it demolished in all of 2015. The overwhelming majority of these demolitions were carried out due to a lack of building permits.

Particularly affected have been Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills, the Jordan Valley and the E1 area around Ma’ale Adumim. The intensive rate of demolitions since the start of the year is in marked contrast to a relative lull at the end of 2015, which itself followed several waves of mass demolitions throughout last summer.

Israel has issued over 14,000 demolition orders against Palestinian structures in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli security and administrative control, since 1988. Around 3,000 demolitions have been carried out in that time, leaving some 11,000 orders outstanding that affect over 17,000 structures.

The Israeli government argues that such demolitions are ordered and carried out because the structures were built without permission, but between 2010 and 2014 only 1.5 percent of permit requests by Palestinians in the West Bank were approved.

In addition, about 18 percent of the West Bank is declared as a closed military zone reserved for IDF drills, meaning that Palestinians are prohibited from building in these areas. An IDF officer has previously admitted that this is a tactic the Israeli army uses for expelling Palestinians from parts of the West Bank.

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    1. Felixio

      How can god chose such discounting criminals?????

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      • Gustav

        You are not cooperating? LOL.

        Translation…

        “No matter what the facts are. No matter what the context is, no matter what happens, I call it as I sees it. The earth is flat. Night is day. Black is white. Up is down. There is no cause and effect. There is no history. Israel bad. Arabs good. Dat’s dat. I am not cooperating….”

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    2. Ben

      These are war crimes deriving from illegal behavior of the occupying power in regards to protected persons — and going on 49 years after cessation of hostilities (the war). Organized, deliberate, in a sustained pattern over years. See Yossi Gurvitz’s post today. Slow ethnic cleansing and creeping annexation. Aside from these prosecutable gross international law and human rights violations, on a more ordinary level this is simply organized crime, the behavior of mobsters. Noncriminals do not behave this way. The Europeans and the Americans give Israel a pass they give no one else, and massively fund and arm this “settlement enterprise,” all the while Israel complains of being horribly mistreated and “singled out.” It’s a topsy turvy world. No amount of the whataboutery and myth mongering that will surely follow my saying this will alter these basic facts and principles.

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      • Gustav

        Fuck yourself Benny. You are an unhinged hater, a propagandist and a one eyed liar.

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        • Ben

          Yeah, me and Yossi, Noam, Michael, Natasha, Amjad, Lisa, Haggai, Larry D, Ze’ev S, Peter B…. Why don’t you just post “Fuck yourself” every day to every +972 article and most Haaretz articles. That’ll show ’em.

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          • Gustav

            Nah I wanna post it to you davke coz you take those articles and you make them even more venomous than they already are. You make your hatred for us ALL shine through irrespective whether we are left wing or right wing Israelis. As long as we are Israelis…

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          • Ben

            You guys think you have so shifted the debate that simply stating the plain truth is “venomous.”

            I’m not cooperating.

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          • Gustav

            You are not cooperating? LOL.

            Translation…

            “No matter what the facts are. No matter what the context is, no matter what happens, I call it as I sees it. The earth is flat. Night is day. Black is white. Up is down. There is no cause and effect. There is no history. Israel bad. Arabs good. Dat’s dat. I am not cooperating….”

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    3. Felixio

      And then, they complain about the rise of anti Semitism in the world. This Zionist are doing a very good job for that to happen.

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      • Gustav

        Yea but ISIS is ok. No anti Arabism because of what they do, huh Flexio?

        Ya wanna be an antisemite, ya will be one no matter what we Jews do or don’t do. So please spare us your “wisdom” go ahead be an antisemite. There is nothing WE can do about it.

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