On Friday, two Palestinian families from Jabal Al-Mokabber and At-Tour towns in occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank were forced to demolish their homes after the Israeli occupation authorities denied their appeals.

Members of the Ja’abis family in Jabal Al-Mokabber had to demolish their home after Israel denied their appeals and refused to grant them permits. The demolition rendered seven family members, including five children, homeless.

Family members said they had to demolish the property to avoid paying even more excessive fines and fees, in addition to excessive fees imposed on them if the city used its workers and equipment to demolish the property.

Also Friday, another Palestinian family from the At-Tour town had to demolish the home it built two years earlier after the city denied their appeals Thursday and issued a final demolition order.

Members of the local Imam family said they had to demolish the two-story home they had built using reinforced sheets of steel and tin.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also invaded At-Tour and abducted a Palestinian teenage boy before moving him to a detention facility in the city.

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.”