Israeli soldiers forced Thursday, a Palestinian to demolish his home in Sur Baher town, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the Palestinian, Mohannad Abu Kaf, had to demolish his home after exhausting appeals against the destruction of his property.

They added that the City Council in occupied Jerusalem refused to grant the Palestinian a construction permit and forced him to destroy his property or face excessively high fines and fees and the demolition costs if the city used its workers and equipment.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities and towns in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.