Israel demolished, seized 953 structures in West Bank last year

Israel demolished, seized 953 structures in West Bank last year
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AMMAN — In 2022, a total of 953 structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli occupation throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem — the highest number recorded since 2016, according to a 2022 report on demolitions and seizures in the West Bank issued by the European Union on Tuesday. اضافة اعلان

As a result of demolitions, 1,031 individuals were displaced and 28,446 were affected.

Area COf structures demolished, more than 80 percent (781) were located in Area C. All but 35 of the structures were targeted for lacking building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain in Area C and East Jerusalem.

Area C continued to experience a rise in targeted structures located in Bedouin and herding communities. 

Areas A and BA trend observed in Areas A and B, according to the report, was the increase in demolitions of structures based on punitive grounds. Demolition orders and waves of demolitions in the communities of Masafer Yatta and Al Walajah were “of great concern”, the report noted.

Of concern was also the seizure of structures based on Military Order 1797, which provides only a 96-hour notice and very limited grounds for legally challenging a demolition.

Settler violenceThe six-year high demolition number recorded in 2022 was accompanied by a spike in the scale and severity of violence committed by settlers; 849 settler incidents were recorded in 2022, representing a 58 percent increase compared with 2021 and a 123 percent increase compared with 2020.

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