Locals inspect a two-storey building belonging to Palestinians after it was demolished by Israeli forces in Hebron, West Bank on 25 September 2019 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian homeowners in the southern West Bank village of Nahalin were informed by the Israeli military that one house will be demolished as two others were ordered to stop construction of their homes, according to the village’s deputy mayor Hani Fannoun.
Wafa News Agency quoted Fannoun as stating that one resident of the village has received a demolition order and two other residents were ordered to stop construction works of their homes under the pretext they were being built without a permit.
The area in question is considered Area C, which is under full Israeli military rule and where Palestinians are denied the right to build even on their own land. Area C makes up around 60 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank, which Israel plans to annex after expelling its Palestinian population.
Human Rights Group, B’Tselem, says international humanitarian law stipulates that the people who have been living in occupied territory before its occupation are considered “protected persons” and may not be exposed to mass punishment or violence, their private property may not be confiscated, their dignity may not be violated, and they may not be expelled from their homes.