Israeli Forces Wreck Residential Structures in Jericho Village

JERICHO, April 27, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces wrecked Monday morning four residential structures in Al Jiftlik village to the north of Jericho in the northern Jordan Valley, said a municipal source.

Stepping up the pace of demolitions in the Jordan Valley, Israeli forces escorting a bulldozer broke into Al Jiftlik, where they proceeded to bring down four residential structures in the village’s eastern section purportedly for being built in a ‘military zone’, leaving around 30 people homeless.

The structures belong to Fathi ‘Abed Tariq, Mahmoud, Muhammad and Ya‘coup D‘ais.

Having no other choice, many Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, under complete Israeli control, are forced to build without permits to be able to provide a shelter for their families, risking having their buildings demolished in the process.

Israel is planning to annex the Jordan Valley into a completely Israeli area, primarily in agriculture, targeting to ban territorial contiguity between a future Palestinian state and the rest of the Arab world.

To this end, tens of settlements and agricultural outposts have been established by Israel in the Valley, which makes up about one-third of the total area of the occupied West Bank.

Significantly contributing to the Israeli agriculture, the Jordan Valley is nonetheless part of the West Bank occupied since 1967, which the international community does not recognize as an Israeli territory.