On Friday, the Israeli occupation army forced a Palestinian family to demolish its home in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the Salam area, northeast of Jerusalem, and forced Hamza Abdul-Jawad and his family to demolish their home.

Abdul-Jawa said his home was 200 square meters, built on his land, costing about 200.000 Shekels.

He added that the army threatened to impose a 100.000 Shekel fine if he did not demolish his home, in addition to billing him for the demolition costs if the City Council used its workers and equipment to carry the demolition out.

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.

Video – Al-Qastal

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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