Days of Palestine – Bethlehem
Today, Wednesday, the Israeli occupation forces razed a piece of land east of Bethlehem.
The director of the Wall and Settlement Authority in Bethlehem, Hassan Breijieh, said that the Israeli occupation forces bulldozed a dunum of land in the town of Za’tara owned by the Jerusalemite, Muhammad al-Taweel, under the pretext of working in it without a license.
The Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure, and sources of livelihood continue to devastate Palestinian families and communities in East Jerusalem and the 60 percent of the West Bank controlled by Israel, known as Area C.
DEMOLITION = DISPOSSESSION
Many of the people affected already live in poverty, and demolitions are a leading cause of their ongoing displacement and dispossession in the West Bank.
The impact of home demolitions on children can be particularly devastating. Many children affected by demolitions show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Their academic achievement often suffers.
Demolitions also lead to a significant deterioration in living conditions. Families and communities face increased poverty and long-term instability, as well as limited access to basic services, such as education, health care, water and sanitation.
The number of people affected by demolition continues to grow. The UN estimates that between 28 and 46 percent of Palestinian homes could be at risk of demolition, leaving people living under a cloud of anxiety.
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International law regards both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.