Israeli army frequently demolishes Palestinian houses in AlKhalil city. (Photo via: Social Media)
Israeli forces demolished this week the foundations of a Palestinian house under construction in Beit Awwa town, south of AlKhalil city in the southern occupied West Bank.
WAFA news agency said that Israeli forces raided the town, and demolished the foundations of the 150-meter-quare house purportedly for being built without a permit.
The homeowner was identified as Mu‘ath Swaiti.
Swaiti told WAFA that he received a military stop-construction notice, and his family appealed to an Israeli court to overturn the demolition order.
We were surprised to see the demolition taking place although no court ruling was issued in this regard.
According to a report by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the Israeli High Court could be liable for war crimes for their policies that led to the dispossession of Palestinians from their properties in Area C of the West Bank.
The report, entitled “Fake Justice”, shows that the court’s support of Israeli planning policy is tantamount to support for dispossession and forcible transfer of Palestinians, a war crime under international law.
Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.
Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and 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, Israel argues that building within existing colonial settlements is necessary to accommodate the “natural growth” of settlers. Therefore, it much more easily gives the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.