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UN demands to put a stop to house demolitions in West Bank

by Peace We Can  26.01.2015

The organization of Rabbis for Human Rights reports of a recent increase of "administrative" house demolitions in the West Bank and the surroundings of Jerusalem.  Those include houses and buildings for agricultural purposes that are located in C areas that are under Israeli control such as Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley, Dirat el Rfaiih, south of Hebron. In the region of Jerusalem demolitions took place in  Beit Iksa, a village that’s between Ramot neighborhood and Mevaseret Zion, Issawiya that's adjacent to French Hill neighborhood , also in the northeast of Jerusalem  and  the neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar, in East Jerusalem. As well as demolitions that have already been carried out, an amusement park currently being built in the village of Barta'a, near Jenin, has recently received an order to stop the construction and is under the danger of being demoiished before it will be complete .


As a result of those demolitions, which left 77 Palestinians- half of them children- homeless, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA( issued a statement demanding the immediate cessation of such demolitions, which counter the international law.The office stated that 2014 was a record year (since 2008) in the carrying out of Palestinian house demolitions –altogether 580 houses were demolished. 

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