Israel has demolished at least two Palestinian houses and a commercial unit in the occupied East al-Quds, as Tel Aviv continues to press ahead with its land grab policies despite international outcry.
Palestinian media, citing local sources, reported on Thursday that Israeli bulldozers flattened the residential and commercial buildings in the Baqa'an neighborhood.
The report said the staff of the Israeli municipality, under tight protection by police, first cordoned off the area around the building and then called in bulldozers for the demolition.
A two-story house was among the demolished buildings, it noted.
Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, claiming that the structures have been built without permits, which are almost impossible to obtain. They also sometimes order Palestinian owners to demolish their own houses or pay the costs of the demolition if they do not.
The Tel Aviv regime plans to force out Palestinian families from different neighborhoods in East al-Quds in an attempt to replace them with settlers.
Nearly 700,000 Israelis live in illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The UN Security Council has in several resolutions condemned Tel Aviv’s settlement projects in the occupied Palestinian lands.
The theft of land across the occupied territories has pushed residents into a crowded enclave surrounded by walls, settlements, and military installations.
In May last year, Israel's land grab in the occupied West Bank sparked a war between the military and Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip that lasted 11 days.
During the war, Israel’s relentless bombardment of Gaza killed over 250 Palestinians, including 66 children.
Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner hospitalized
A Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy group said Muhammad Nawara, on hunger strike for several consecutive days at an Israeli jail, has now been transferred to hospital due to the deterioration of his health condition.
Nawara was recently sent to solitary confinement at Israel's notorious Gilboa prison for six months.
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) affirmed that he was on hunger strike in protest at his renewed isolation for the third time.
The health condition of Nawara, who has been in jail since 2001, has deteriorated in recent days.
Palestinian activists say Israel “is practicing slow killing” of Palestinian prisoners through “medical negligence”.
Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions lacking proper hygienic standards.
Palestinian inmates have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of them have apparently been incarcerated under the administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention centers without trial or charge.
Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.
Administrative detention is illegal under international law. However, the Israeli regime uses it to repress the Palestinian people.
Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strike in protest at the administrative detention policy and harsh conditions in Israeli jails.
They have been subjected to systematic torture, harassment and repression all through the years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.