Israel Demolishes 15 Bedouins’ Structures Northeast of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, August 31, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday demolished 15 structures in the village of Jaba, northeast of Jerusalem, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext, said a press statement issued by the committee against wall and settlements.

The statement noted that Israeli forces demolished 15 structures belonging to al-Ara’ara Bedouins near the village, under the pretext of being constructed in Area C, which is under full Israeli military control. It stated that some of these homes have been built since 1975-1976.

An OCHA weekly report covering the period between 18 and 24 of August 2015 stated, Israeli forces demolished 42 Palestinian-owned structures during the third week of August, all of which were located in Area C, under full Israeli military control, citing the pretext of unpermitted construction.

It said the demolition of the 42 structures, which OCHA described as the highest number of demolitions conducted in one week since the past six months, left around 54 Palestinians displaced, including 33 children.

It said in 2015 alone, Israel has demolished a total of 417 structures in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, displacing at least 495, including 277 children.

According to media outlets, “The Israeli authorities in the West Bank have ruled that legal proceedings must be seen through before a Bedouin community east of Jerusalem can be evicted from prefab housing deemed illegal.”

In a meeting of the settlement subcommittee at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Orit Strock suggested the Civil Administration “show creativity” regarding procedures for demolishing Bedouin structures that would limit the possibility of petitioning the High Court.

Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.

According to OCHA, “It adds, “In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, displacement is primarily driven by a number of occupation-related policies, including those linked to settlement activity. In Area C and East Jerusalem, each year hundreds of Palestinian homes and other structures are demolished due to the lack of Israeli-issued building permits.”

“The restrictive planning system makes it almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain permits, while providing preferential treatment for Israeli settlements.”