Israel to knock down Palestinian house in northern West Bank

The Israeli occupation authorities today delivered a demolition order against a house in Tura village, southwest of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to a municipal source.

The village mayor Tareq Qabaha said that the occupation forces handed a villager an order, notifying him of the impending demolition of his 120-square-meter under-construction house purportedly for being built without a rarely-issued Israeli license.

The order allowed Qabaha 96 hours to leave the house before the demolition is carried out.

On Monday, the occupation authorities notified another villager of the imminent demolition of his 140-square-meter two-storey house, citing the same pretext.

Israel refuses to permit virtually any Palestinian construction in Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

In contrast, it much more easily gives over 800,000 Jewish supremacist Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.

The ‘Civil Administration’ is the name Israel gives to the body administering its military occupation of the West Bank.

Soldiers in the oxymoronically named Civil Administration determine where Palestinians may live, where and when they may travel (including to other parts of the occupied territories like Gaza and East Jerusalem), whether they can build or expand homes on their own land, whether they own that land at all, whether an Israeli settler can takeover that land among others.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency