Palestine: Palestinian home demolished near Salfit

28th Nov 2013

By Saed Bannoura

IMEMC & Agencies: Thursday at dawn, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Deir Ballout town, west of the Central West Bank district of Salfit, and demolished an under construction home.

Property owner Ghanem Mahmoud Abdul-Karim stated that Israeli military bulldozers, accompanied by several armored jeeps, invaded the town approximately at five at dawn, and demolished his property.
He stated that the demolished structure is 150 square/meters, and that the army previously handed him three warrants against his property alleging “it is not in the zoning area” of the town.

Abdul-Karim added that the army warned the residents that any property built in the area would be demolished.

Israel imposes various strict restrictions on the Palestinians in areas that fall under Israeli military and administrative control, so that it can keep the Palestinians away from its illegal apartheid Wall, separating the residents from their lands, and isolating several communities, and to enable its illegal settlement construction and expansion activities.

According to data previously compiled by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Israel demolished more than 27.000 Palestinian homes and structures since the 1967 six-day war when it occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Home demolition is an act of collective punishment that affects entire families, and act that directly violates International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory.


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