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Israeli court OK’s demolition of Palestinian village

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An Israeli soldier guards an area as an army bulldozer pulls down the house of the Palestinian Raba’ai family in Al-Dirat, south of Yatta Village near the West Bank town of Hebron (al-Khalil), January 20, 2015. (© AFP)

Israel’s supreme court has authorized the regime’s authorities to demolish a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.

The high court approved on Monday a request from the Israeli civil administration to demolish the tents and houses of Khirbet Susiya Village near the city of Hebron (al-Khalil).

The planned destruction will leave 450 Palestinians homeless.

Nasr al-Nawajaa, a resident of the village, said the court decision was made “under the pretext that there is no infrastructure in the area.”

Jihad al-Nawajaa, the head of the village’s local council, said Israel wants to displace the villagers and build a park for settlers. He said the residents’ houses have previously been demolished several times but the Palestinian residents have not abandoned their land.

“We have been here for over 30 years and will not leave,” he emphasized.

Palestinian protesters throw stones at an Israeli army bulldozer during clashes following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank,  March 20, 2015. (© AFP)


According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israeli authorities have razed to the ground as many as 42 Palestinian-owned structures in Ramallah, al-Quds, Jericho, and al-Khalil since January 20.

This is while according to international law, the destruction of private or public property in occupied territories is prohibited.

The Israeli regime destroyed at least 359 Palestinian structures in the West Bank throughout 2014, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.


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