Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian Properties North of Jericho

JERICHO, March 10, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Tuesday demolished a Palestinian-owned house and five residential sheds in the town of Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley to the north of Jericho, reported local sources.

The properties belonged to five local residents identified as Jamal Amir, Ibrahim Daraghmeh, Yousif Fiqha, Fathi Tarif, and Ghalib Daraghmeh.

Mayor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, Majed al-Fityani condemned the demolition of the properties, stressing that these actions are a continuation of a systematic Israeli behavior practiced against Palestinian citizens, including home demolitions, restrictions on movement, razing and seizer of land, in addition to declaring Palestinian land closed military zones.

He stressed that these actions show that Israeli is not serious about reaching a peace agreement, consequently undermining all efforts exerted by the international community toward that goal.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that ‘Demolitions that result in forced evictions and displacement run counter to Israel’s obligations under international law and create unnecessary suffering and tension. They must stop immediately.’

The United Nations ReliefWeb said that, “Since 20 January, the OCHA has recorded the Israeli authorities’ demolition of 42 Palestinian-owned structures in the Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jericho and Hebron governorates. In addition to those displaced, 59 Palestinians were otherwise affected, mainly due to the demolition of structures essential for their livelihood, mostly animal shelters. At least eight of these structures were funded by international donors.”

It said that, “In 2014, according to OCHA figures, the Israeli authorities destroyed 590 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C and East Jerusalem, displacing 1,177 people – the highest level of displacement in the West Bank since OCHA began systematically monitoring the issue in 2008.