Israel Orders Construction of Warehouse near Jenin to Stop

JENIN, March 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Sunday ordered the construction of a warehouse in the village of Zbuba, northwest of Jenin, to stop, and informed the owner about their intent to demolish it, according to local sources.

Ghassan al-Aker, owner of the warehouse which is currently under construction, told WAFA an Israeli military force and staff from the Israeli Planning and Construction Department arrived at the site, and forced the workers to leave before handing the owner a court order regarding the demolition of the warehouse.

Al-Aker, who said he had proper paperwork proving ownership of the site and the warehouse, which was intended to be a drug store, said he had so far incurred about $352,000 in the ongoing construction.

This part of Zbuba, a village in the farthest northern West Bank, is located in Area C, under complete Israeli control, where Israel rarely issues construction permits for Palestinians.

According to statistics obtained by the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Israel has demolished more than 48,000 Palestinian-owned houses since 1976, either for allegedly administrative purposes or during military action.

In 2014 alone, the ICAHD observed the demolition of 399 houses for ‘administrative’ reasons, whereas more than 18 thousand houses were bombed and devastated during the military onslaught on Gaza.