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UN ‘concerned’ by Israel’s displacement of Palestinian families

Published time: December 12, 2013 00:30
Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem November 13, 2013.(Reuters / Ammar Awad)

Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem November 13, 2013.(Reuters / Ammar Awad)

The United Nations has decried Israel’s decision to destroy over two dozen Palestinian properties in the West Bank, issuing a statement Wednesday accusing Israel of pushing the same Palestinian families out of their homes in less than two weeks.

I am concerned about the destruction of Palestinian structures in the Jordan Valley yesterday (Tuesday),” UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley said. “The demolitions resulted in the displacement of 41 people, including 24 children, and affected another 20. Both refugee and non-refugee families were affected.”

Israeli’s policy of destroying Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank has been contentious for as long as it has been in existence.

Dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) asked Israel not to continue the demolition, which took place just before US Secretary of state John Kerry arrived in the region aiming to broker the latest round of peace talks. Palestinian leaders have maintained that the so-called resettlement efforts must cease before there is any chance of peace with Israel.

Demolitions often occur to facilitate the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, with 60 percent of demolitions occurring in Palestinian communities close to settlement zones,” Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam, and other rights groups declared in a joint statement.

Since the resumption of the peace process in July, Israel has destroyed 207 Palestinian homes and property in the occupied West Bank, displacing 311 Palestinians, over half of whom are children,” the groups continued.

Area C, which makes up roughly 60 percent of the West Bank and is under full military control, has seen over 630 Palestinian structures be destroyed since the beginning of this year, the UN said. It also said that more than 80 percent of the displacement has occurred in the Jordan Valley.

The UN’s condemnation comes just days after it announced that Israel would begin allowing some construction materials into Gaza. The decision follows a two-month security tightening that began when officials discovered a tunnel dug by militants. Israel forbids materials such as metal and concrete from being brought into the Gaza Strip, in fear that Palestinians would use them as weapons.

Comments (8)


fran7 09.01.2014 13:12

Israel is guilty of ethnic cleansing by pressurising the indigenous Palestinian people.
Dirty tricks like turning off the water going to Palestinian people who are inside Israel due to Israel's illegal expansionism and destroying their ancient Olive trees are all par to the course.
USA universities and colleges should be allowed to discuss Israel as it swallows up much of USA foreign aid budget and is really nothing more than a USA Military base at the expense of Palestinians'.


Morgan Bach 27.12.2013 21:31

I used to volunteer in a Palestinian village that was slated for demolition by Israel. Building permits are impossible to get, even for villages that existed before Israel was established in 1948. The answer is not to push Palestinians out of the best agricultural lands and into the cities, and ghettoizing them. That is tragically ironic of Israel, and will not bring safety or peace to anyone.


Diez Sanchez 27.12.2013 12:52

Uncle sam standing in a authoritive stance saying"USA condemns this Israeli act! Ya better stop or else!
There really is no something else! USA will still provide aid etc & this will continue to happen! Karma is real & israel will reap what it sews one day! When it does, save us the poor me German detention camp stories, cuz based on these pictures, Israelis learned absolutely nothing but how to become the predators that build then destroy the cages of the poor victim Palestinians. Karma is gonna get ya just watch!

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