Further Demolitions in Al Araqib and Occupied East Jerusalem

02 Nov
6:00 PM

Israeli bulldozers, on Wednesday morning, have reportedly demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 105th time.

Local activist Salem Araqib said, according to Al Ray, that Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by police units, invaded the village in the morning, drove out the villagers from their homes and, then, demolished them.

He added that Israeli occupation forces seized private cars from the residents of the village, and tanks for storing water.

He stressed that Israeli forces abused the people of the village and took their vehicles and tanks to an unknown place.

 

Al-Araqib is one of 40 Palestinian villages which the government of Israel did not recognize in the Negev; it has suffered displacement and uprooting for many years.

Also on Wednesday morning, Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian housing building located in Beit Hanina, EastJerusalem.

Jerusalemite sources reported that bulldozers, accompanied by Israeli forces, demolished a two-storey building under the pretext of unlicensed building.

Israeli forces reportedly demolished the house without previous warning. Soldiers imposed a tight military cordon in the vicinity of the area, before demolishing the house.

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Meanwhile, a state of fear has enveloped the occupied Jerusalem village of Wallaga, after Israeli authorities issued demolition notices against 20 Palestinian houses in the village.

Concerns of Palestinians over Israeli demolition policies in the village were raised as the Israeli magistrate court in Jerusalem reviewed petitions against similar orders against seven Palestinian houses in the village.

The court stated that it could not prevent the demolition process because the houses are built without permits. (Building permits are rarely issued to Palestinians, forcing them to build unlicensed structure in which to live.) About 80 people live in these houses, altogether.

The concerns were raised again, after Israeli authorities issued 20 more demolition orders, last April.

Israeli authorities have demolished about 50 houses in the village, over the past years. The plan is to convert the lands of Wallaga village into a Talmudic garden.


Demolition is regularly employed against Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Since the occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967, up until to 2016, it has been estimated, by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, that Israel has razed some 48,488 Palestinian structures.

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See also: 11/02/16 Israeli Forces Demolish Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem

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