Israeli Army Confiscates Construction Materials near Hebron

HEBRON, January 5, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday confiscated construction materials and equipment belonging to the municipality of Dahiriya, to the southwest of Hebron, according to local sources.

An Israeli army force broke into Wadi al-Khalil neighborhood outside the town, where they obstructed a municipal project to open an agricultural road; run by Dahiriya municipality in cooperation with Action Against Hunger (ACF).

Army seized some of the construction materials and equipment used in the project, as well as handed over a notice to stop the project immediately, under the pretext of lacking an Israeli-issued work permit in the area.

The project area is located in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military and civil control.

Israel hardly issues construction permits for Palestinians in Area C and in East Jerusalem, focing Palestinians to construct without obtaining an Israeli permit.

Issuing permits for Palestinians, unlike for Jewish settlers, requires unreasonable fees that most families cannot afford to pay.

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).