Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Palestinian Structures in Hizma, Northeast of Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank, violating international law and displacing families, highlighting Israel's ongoing policy of denying Palestinians the right to build homes.

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Muhammad Jawad
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Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Palestinian Structures in Hizma, Northeast of Jerusalem

Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Palestinian Structures in Hizma, Northeast of Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces carried out demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures in the town of Hizma, located northeast of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli army invaded the town and demolished a three-story under-construction residential building owned by the Ali Qasim Al-Khatib family, as well as two shacks belonging to the family of Youssef Mahmoud Malihat.

The Israeli authorities claimed that the demolished buildings were constructed without the necessary permits from the City Council of occupied Jerusalem. However, obtaining building permits is notoriously difficult for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, with the vast majority of permit applications being denied.

Why this matters: The demolitions in Hizma are part of Israel's ongoing policy of denying Palestinians the right to build homes and property in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, while continuing to build and expand its own illegal settlements. These actions are considered war crimes under international law and contribute to the displacement and dispossession of the Palestinian population.

Hizma, like many other Palestinian towns and villages in the occupied territories, faces severe restrictions on urban development and construction imposed by the Israeli authorities. These policies make it nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain building permits, leading to a housing crisis and the risk of demolition for many Palestinian families.

The demolition of the Al-Khatib family's residential building and the Malihat family's shacks has left these families without shelter and has further exacerbated the already dire living conditions faced by Palestinians in the occupied territories. The international community has repeatedly condemned Israel's demolition policies and called for an end to the occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli forces demolished Palestinian-owned structures in Hizma, West Bank on May 2, 2024.
  • Demolitions included a 3-story residential building and 2 shacks, citing lack of permits.
  • Obtaining building permits is difficult for Palestinians under Israeli occupation, majority denied.
  • Demolitions violate international law, contribute to Palestinian displacement and dispossession.
  • Hizma faces severe restrictions on construction, leaving many families without shelter.