JERICHO (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Thursday confiscated residential barracks in the Palestinian Bedouin residential area of Arab al-Mleihat in the occupied West Bank district of Jericho.
The residential barracks belonged to Ali Suliman al-Mleihat and Muhammad Ali al-Mleihat.
Jericho Mayor Majid al-Fityani told Ma’an that Israel’s continuous demolitions and confiscations were “crimes against the Palestinian people,” and only “proves that Israel is unwilling to make peace.”
Al-Fityani added that the world was responsible for ending Israeli violations against Palestinians, including the routine leveling of Palestinian lands, confiscations, demolitions, detentions, and killings.
A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It remained unknown if the area was part of Area C -- more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli and military control.
According to the UN, more than 60 percent of Palestinians displaced due to demolitions in Area C for a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain in Area C, were Palestinian Bedouins, while more than 70 percent of Bedouins living in the West Bank are refugees, displaced from their land in the Negev during and following the establishment of Israel in 1948.
There are some 40,000 Bedouins residing across the West Bank, according to the United Nations, while half of the Palestinian herders located in Area C are Palestinian Bedouins, making the group highly vulnerable to Israeli demolition and destruction of property.
Meanwhile, demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge in recent months, as Israeli authorities demolished 835 Palestinian structures so far this year, in a large increase from 531 in all of 2015, according to UN documentation.
The demolitions since the start of 2016 have left at least 1,202 Palestinians displaced.