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Israel delivers demolition notices to homes in al-Walaja

July 31, 2018 2:27 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2018 4:56 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities delivered demolition notices to six various Palestinian homes in the al-Walaja village, in the southern occupied west bank district of Bethlehem on Tuesday.

Locals said that a large number of Israeli forces stormed an area south of al-Walaja and delivered demolition notices to six Palestinian homes under the pretext of being built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

Sources mentioned that Israeli forces also delivered summon notices to the owners to Jerusalem municipality, in order to investigate how they built the houses without a permit.

Sources added that the Ein al-Jweizeh area north of the village, adjacent to Jerusalem, has been subjected to a significant escalation on housing and property rights, including demolition and stopping construction.

About 20 Palestinian homes have been either demolished or been banned from further construction by Israeli authorities. In addition, a number of fences set up and Palestinian lands have been razed as well as the pending 80 cases of demolition or stop construction notices.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, although the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory are more easily given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

According to Palestinians and rights groups, Israel’s overall goal, both in its policies in Area C and Israel’s settlement enterprise, is to depopulate the land of its Palestinian residents and replace them with Jewish Israeli communities in order to manipulate population demographics in all of historic Palestine.

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