On Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and demolished a Palestinian home.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said a large military and police force, accompanied by two bulldozers, invaded the town and demolished an under-construction 200 square meter home.

The Israeli police said the home was built without a permit from the City Council in occupied Jerusalem.

Mohammad Ahmad Al-A’war, the homeowner, said he was building his property on his land to shelter his ten family members.

Mohammad said the destruction of his property was carried out despite the ongoing deliberations in an Israeli court after he filed an appeal against the demolition order.

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 under various allegations meant to prevent the expansion of Palestinian towns and neighborhoods.

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”.

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