Hebron (UNA-OIC) – Israeli occupation authorities Thursday morning demolished three houses in Sa‘ir town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources.
Mousa Jaradat told WAFA that Israeli forces stormed into the Wadi Ash-Shair area in the town, and tore down three houses belonging to ‘Ahed Jaradat as well as to Jamal Jaradat and his brother, purportedly for being constructed in Area C. Each of the demolished houses comprised three storeys, with 200 square meters each
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 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.