Friday, 29 April 2016

UN: Four-fold increase in Israeli demolitions this year

UN figures released Thursday revealed a four-fold increase from last year in the rate of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures, that have left a record-high 808 Palestinians displaced since the start of 2016.

According to UN documentation, the Israeli authorities have destroyed some 588 Palestinian structures across the occupied Palestinian territory since January.

The over 800 Palestinians to be displaced this year far surpasses the number displaced during the entirety of 2015, while well over 1,000 Palestinians were also affected after losing structures related to their source of income.

A number of homes have been targeted in punitive demolitions of family homes of Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis, the most recent implemented in Qalandiya refugee camp last week. The policy has been widely condemned by the international community as collective punishment, executed in direct violation of international law on family members who have not carried out crimes. However, the majority of demolitions took place in Area C of the West Bank --- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control. more