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Israeli court rules against demolition of Bethlehem school

March 16, 2019 2:44 P.M. (Updated: March 18, 2019 11:26 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court rejected an appeal by Israeli settlement organization "Regavim" to demolish of a Palestinian school in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, upon efforts by Palestinian activists from the Anti Wall and Settlement Committee in Bethlehem.

Head of the committee, Hasan Breijieh, said that the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the organization's appeal to demolish the Tahaddi 5 School; the organization had presented the appeal to demolish the school claiming that owners of the land, on which the school is built, do not have documents proving their ownership in order to issue a permit for the school.

The school is located in the Beit Taamar village, east of Bethlehem City.

Breijieh added the court rejected the appeal upon blueprints of the land and the school proving that all procedures are legal.

The Tahaddi 5 School, that serves 54 Palestinian students, was built and opened in 2017; the school was demolished by Israeli forces and rebuilt in a matter of days.

Israeli forces regularly confiscate and demolish Palestinian structures deemed as illegal by the Israeli government, most commonly in Area C, the area of the West Bank under full Israeli security and civilian control.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in Area C, forcing most Palestinians to build without permits.

All building in Area C, whether by Palestinians or Jewish settlers, comes under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Civil Administration, which has full control over all zoning and planning issues.

In practice, almost all Palestinian applications for a building permit are rejected, with the Civil Administration granting only a handful of permits.
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