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Hamas slams as ‘a war crime’ Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes

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)
A Palestinian woman stands on the ruins of her house as an Israeli demolition machine razes the rest of the structure in Beit Hanina neighborhood, East Jerusalem al-Quds, July 19, 2018. (File photo by Reuters)

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says what Israel is doing in demolishing Palestinian homes and displacing women and children is “a war crime” that can be punished under international law.

In a press release on Monday, Hamas lambasted as “a war crime” Israel’s persisting campaign of demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds and displacing their occupants, including women and children.

Such a crime, Hamas said, would be “punishable under international law, which stipulates the provision of protection and assistance for the population under occupation,” the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The Israeli regime’s “policy of emptying Jerusalem [al-Quds] of its people and imposing Judaization on the city will fail, and Jerusalem [al-Quds] will remain the capital of Palestine, bearing its Arab and Islamic identity,” the resistance movement stressed.

Hamas also denounced Israel’s demolition of a two-story house belonging to Fadi Elyan, the chief guard of the al-Aqsa Mosque. The house was located in Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem al-Quds, the demolition of which displaced 17 individuals of Elyan’s family, including 12 children.

The resistance movement said the measure was aimed at punishing Elyan for his role in defending and guarding the mosque.

Israeli authorities usually demolish Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, claiming that the structures have been built without permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain. They also sometimes order Palestinian owners to demolish their own homes or pay the demolition costs to the municipality if they do not.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip – territories the Palestinians want for their future state – during the six-day war in 1967.

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