Israel razes two more Palestinian homes

PressTV – Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:53AM

Israeli military bulldozers have leveled to the ground two Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank as part of Tel Aviv’s plans which seek the demolition of Palestinian properties.

The bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police and security guards, drove into Azzun Atma village southeast of Qalqilyah on Tuesday, tore down the structures and dismissed the families who used to live there, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

According to witnesses, the family members clashed with Israeli troops and hurled stones at them. Israeli forces in return fired tear gas on members of the two families protesting against the demolitions.

Israeli authorities said the buildings had been built without the required permits.

Palestinians argue that their efforts to construct a free and independent Palestinian state would bear no fruit as Tel Aviv continues its demolition and settlement construction plans on territories captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Figures from the Israeli non-governmental organization, Bimkom, reveal that nearly 95 percent of applications lodged by Palestinians for a building permit are snubbed.

The Israeli non-profit organization also notes that Israel’s Civil Administration only grants some 12 permits a year.

Israel occupied and annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.

According to data from the Palestinian Information Center, Israel has demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5,783 individuals, among them 3,109 children, in the occupied al-Quds since the start of 2,000.

This is while Israel proceeds adamantly with the construction of settlements on the occupied territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

The United Nation has criticized Israel for defying international calls to halt its settlement construction activities.

Oscar Fernandez Taranco, assistant UN secretary general for political affairs, criticized Israel in October for jeopardizing international efforts to resolve the impasse in Tel Aviv’s talks with the Palestinian Authority.

“We have a brief and crucial window to overcome the current impasse. The UN secretary general continues to believe that if the door to peace closes, it will be very hard to reopen,” Taranco told the UN Security Council.

Recently, the New York-based Human Rights Watch’s representative, Carroll Bogert, said, “Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin, depriving them of electricity, water, schools, and access to roads.”

“While Israeli settlements flourish, Palestinians under Israeli control live in a time warp — not just separate, not just unequal, but sometimes even pushed off their lands and out of their homes,” Bogert said.


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