[Tuesday, April 29, 2014] Israeli military bulldozers, and various armored jeeps, invaded the at-Tour town, in occupied East Jerusalem, demolishing two residential sheds and kidnapped two Palestinians.Local sources said the soldiers invaded the al-Hardoub neighborhood after surrounding the town and, then, demolished the structures.
Mohammad Al-Maslamany, the 57-year-old owner of the demolished structures, stated that the first structure was 63 square/meters, while the second was 49 square/meters, home to eight family members.
He added that the soldiers also kidnapped his son, Omar, and another young man identified as Ibrahim Shweiky, when they tried to help Omar’s sister, after she collapsed due to the military assault.
Earlier on Tuesday, soldiers demolished a mosque, and several sheds in Khirbit at-Taweel village, near Aqraba town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, demolished a mosque, and several sheds.
Destruction of homes and property is an act of collective punishment which violates International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and all related international human rights agreements.
Israel is responsible for the destruction of dozens of thousands of homes and property in different parts of the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) previously reported that Israel has demolished about 27,000 Palestinian homes and other structures since 1967.
It also said that the exact number cannot be precisely determined, especially when taking into consideration that the Israeli Authorities only report the “demolition of structures”.
ICAHD explained that when, for instance, Israel demolishes a seven-story apartment building containing more than 20 housing units, the attack is only considered one demolition.