Israel orders demolition of over a dozen Palestinian houses

A Palestinian man inspects the rubble of a house that was demolished by Israeli authorities on February 2, 2015 in the West Bank village of Qusra (AFP photo).Press TV

Israel has ordered several Palestinian families in the occupied East  al-Quds (Jerusalem) to destroy their houses as part of the regime’s settlement expansion policies.

The Israeli Civil Administration has told Palestinian families in the Khillet al-Raheb area to demolish their homes immediately or the Tel Aviv regime will do it at its own expense.  

Palestinian officials say the move will displace up to 70 Bedouins, who are an ethnic Arab community.

A few days ago, dozens of Palestinians in a nearby region received similar demolition orders.

The demolition of Bedouin homes is part of Israel’s massive land grab policy, which will forcefully displace thousands of Palestinians.

Israeli authorities have been pushing the forced evacuation of Bedouins since 1949.

Last September, the UN urged the international community to block Israeli plans to dislodge Bedouins from the West Bank.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees’ (UNRWA) Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl said the implementation of the plan would stoke concerns “that it amounts to a ‘forcible transfer’ in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

He added that the plan might also make way for further Israeli settlement expansion.


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