Israel Orders Construction Work of Homes, Workshop in Hebron to Stop

HEBRON, March 23, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Monday ordered four Palestinian residents of Beit Ummar town to suspend the construction work of two homes and an auto workshop to the north of Hebron, according to local activists.

Spokesperson of the anti-settlement popular committee in Beit Ummar Mohammed Awad, told WAFA that Israeli forces along with staff from the Israeli civil administration stormed the area of al-Mantra to the east of the town and handed three residents notices to stop the construction work on their homes.

They were recognized as Amro Alqam, and the two brothers Mohammad and Mohannad Alqam. Mohammad’s family has been living in the 50-square-meter house for the past five years.

Army forces also handed Yousif Alqam a notice to stop the construction work on his auto workshop despite having the legal documents that prove his ownership of the property. The order came under the pretext of being too close to Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

All four residents were ordered to appear before court in Beit El settlement on April 13 to look into the cases.

The Israeli authorities rarely issue construction permits for Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, which falls under full Israeli control, forcing many of them to embark on construction without a permit.

The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD) explains in a special report that “in almost all cases Palestinians have no choice but to build ‘illegally’, as permits are almost impossible to obtain.”

“Many Palestinians have suffered multiple displacements, having lost their homes and livelihoods more than once. Forced displacement has a series of immediate and longer-term physical, socio-economic and psycho-social impacts on Palestinian families.”

It added, “It deprives them of their home and land – often their main asset – and frequently results in disruption to livelihoods, a reduced standard of living and limited access to basic services. The impact on children can be particularly devastating,” said the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).