Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

Israeli forces remove agricultural structure in Bethlehem

M.Y | DOP -

Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday demolished an agricultural structure in Nahalin town, west of Bethlehem, local sources reported.

Ibrahim Ghayatha, the acting head of the town council, said that Israeli occupation forces escorted a bulldozer into the southern part of the town, known as Shi‘b Abu Ghazaleh, where the heavy machinery tore down the roof of the structure before workers entirely demolished the walls.

Almost a week ago, occupation soldiers demolished four tin sheds belonging to the town residents.

Israeli occupation authorities demolish Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.

The occupation authorities deny 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 the Israeli occupation rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

In contrast, the Israeli occupation 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 illegal Jewish settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.

The “Civil Administration” is the name the Israeli occupation gives to the body administering its military occupation of the West Bank.

Occupation soldiers in the oxymoronically named Civil Administration determine where Palestinians may live, where and when they may travel (including to other parts of the occupied territories like Gaza and Jerusalem), whether they can build or expand homes on their own land, whether they own that land at all, whether an Israeli settler can takeover that land among others.