Israeli police secure a bulldozer demolishing structures at the Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar, east of Jerusalem in the West Bank on July 4, 2018. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP)
Israeli forces earlier this week issued a notice of demolition against a greenhouse to the west of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to local sources.
Local sources were quoted by WAFA news agency as stating that Israeli soldiers handed Rushdi al-Kilani, an agronomist from al-Sila al-Harithiya town, a notice of demolition against his greenhouse in Khirbet al-Hafira area, to the west of Jenin, under the pretext that the area is an archaeological area.
Israeli authorities refuse 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, Israel much more easily gives over 700,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.
The demolition of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities has led to the transfer of families and whole communities in violation of international law. Furthermore, the destruction of property is prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention. Both forcible transfer and the destruction of property not required by military necessity constitute grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and are listed as war crimes by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.