A house demolition in the West Bank. (Photo: via Social Media)
The Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday grabbed a prefabricated house donated to two elderly Palestinian women in Birin village, east of Yatta town, in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil.
According to local activist Rateb al-Jabour, Israeli soldiers seized a mobile house accommodating two elderly Palestinian sisters.
The displaced sisters are identified as Husn (85) and Zina (65) Saud. They have now both gone homeless.
The sisters were given the house as humanitarian assistance by Ein Shams Charity in Yatta town.
Israeli authorities systematically knock down Palestinian homes across the occupied territories and issues evacuation orders on a quasi-daily basis.
Last month, Israeli human rights center B’Tselem warned that Israel demolished a record number of Palestinian homes in 2019 over permit issues and as a punitive measure aiming to displace Palestinians from their own land.
According to B'Tselem figures, Israel demolished 106 housing units in 2019, more than it did in both 2017 and 2018. The demolitions have left 349 Palestinians homeless, including 160 minors.
The rights monitor said this policy is immoral and constitutes collective punishment, which is prohibited under international law. Nevertheless, the justices of the Supreme Court repeatedly dismiss petitions brought by Palestinians against these demolitions, relying on an unreasonable interpretation of international law and acceptance of the state’s arguments, including the claim that the policy is meant as a deterrent rather than a penalty - even though this claim has never been proven.