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Israel delivers stop-construction notice in al-Walaja

Sept. 20, 2018 3:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2018 4:48 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities delivered a stop-construction notice, on Thursday, to a Palestinian-owned house in the al-Walaja village, west of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Locals said that Israeli forces escorted staff members from the Jerusalem Municipality notified the owner, Majdi al-Shweiki, to stop construction of his house claiming that the construction began without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli building permits.

Sources confirmed that the house measures 120-square-meters.

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

Meanwhile, 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, despite living in settlements that violate international law.

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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