Israel demolished three Palestinian-owned homes in the Jerusalem area early Thursday morning, forcibly rendering 20 people homeless.
Dozens of Israeli soldiers raided Jabal al Baba, situated east of the Jerusalem-area village of Al Ezarriya, and declared the area a closed military zone. Three families, those of Hajja Hamda Abu Kateba, Ali Abu Kateba and Ghassan al Jahaleen, were forced out of their homes, which were then demolished under the pretext of construction without Israeli-issued permits.
The Jahaleen local committee responded that 55 additional families, comprising some 300 people, are also under threat of home demolition in the area.
Just yesterday Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah slammed the displacement of Palestinian Bedouin communities. In a statement the prime minister said he "deplore(s) the illegal transfer" of the Palestinian Bedouin community, highlighting the issue in the Jerusalem area specifically.
"Israel's systematic violation of international laws is no longer acceptable by the international community," Hamdallah was quoted as saying.
On Tuesday, the Coordinator for Humanitarian and United Nations Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territories, Robert Piper, and UNRWA’s West Bank operations director Felipe Sanchez called for “an immediate end” to Israeli plans to displace Bedouin communities in the Jerusalem area.
“Under international law, Israel is responsible for meeting the needs of Palestinians living under its occupation and for facilitating humanitarian assistance, not for obstructing aid and pressuring residents to leave so that Israeli settlements can expand,” Piper said in a statement.
In other news, one Palestinian was critically wounded in the Nablus-area village of Tal in the northern West Bank Thursday morning. Israeli troops conducted an arrest raid in the village when clashes broke out with local residents, two of whom were shot with live bullets. As noted, one remains in critical condition.
Israeli forces further raided the Bethlehem-area refugee camp of Deheishe Thursday morning, arrested two local residents. The camp itself was declared a closed military zone, as was the rode leading from Deheishe to Bethlehem.
Ahmad Jaradat is coordinator of the social movements project at the Alternative Information Center (AIC)