238 Palestinian facilities targeted by the occupation during February

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy (Shams) has documented that the occupation authorities targeted (238) Palestinian facilities during the month of February, either with demolition, or with notifications aimed at targeting them in the future.

In its monthly report, which monitors the occupation's targeting of various Palestinian facilities, the Center indicated that the most prominent violations were the demolition operations that affected (87) facilities, (8) of which the owners were forced to self-demolish under threat of fines and imprisonment, and one facility belongs to a woman; In the village of Minya, south of the town of Tekoa in Bethlehem, the occupation forces demolished the wall of a house owned by Soraya Oweida Suleiman Swarka, under the pretext of not having a permit.

In terms of notifications, the occupation forces have notified 151 facilities of demolition, suspension of work, or eviction, most of which are residential, in addition to livestock pens, commercial facilities, agricultural rooms, water wells, agricultural ponds, a cave, a school, a cemetery, and a religious facility, including one facility belonging to Owned by a lady.

In this context, the Israeli occupation forces in Ein El-Hilweh in the northern Jordan Valley have notified to stop work on 30 facilities, 10 of which are residential and the rest are livestock pens, owned by the brothers: Fathi, Fatima, and Adel Alyan Daraghmeh, under the pretext of not having a license.

Types of targeted establishments
The first indicator in the report focused on the types of targeted establishments, as follows: house dwellings (50) facilities, tent dwellings (1) installation, barracks dwellings (21) facilities, caravans dwelling (2), and agricultural dwellings (1) Agricultural rooms (20) facilities, wells, ponds and water lines (11), commercial facilities (62), barns and livestock sheds (25), retaining walls and fences (3), kiosks and vegetable stands (25), agricultural caravans (2), stables Horses (1), agricultural shed (3), warehouse (2), poultry brix (1), poultry slaughterhouse (1), religious facility (1), garage (1), cave (1), cemetery (1), schools (1) Greenhouse (1), water tank (1).

Targeting areas
The second indicator dealt with the geographical distribution of targeting, and it was found that the peak of targeting was in Jenin Governorate (26) facilities, followed by Hebron Governorate (25) facilities, and then Jerusalem Governorate (19) facilities.

In view of the notifications of demolition, confiscation, halting construction work and other violations that prevent Palestinians from realizing their right to build, reconstruct and invest their facilities, the number of notifications reached (151) in different areas. The notifications indicate trends in the concentration of upcoming Israeli targeting of Palestinian facilities, with the governorates of Jerusalem and Tubas having the highest percentage.

The third indicator in the report focused on the target population, as the number of people affected by these targets during the month of February was at least 114, including (24) children and (5) women.

Various pretexts.
Regarding the arguments and pretexts used by the occupation in its attempt to legitimize this crime, 80 out of 87 facilities were demolished under the
pretext of building without a permit in Area C, and two facilities as a collective punishment within the occupation policy that it follows towards the perpetrators of operations against it, and 4 facilities under the pretext of expanding Settlements in the area, and one establishment on the pretext that it is close to the settlement road.

As for the notifications, 98 out of 151 establishments have been notified under the pretext of non-licensing and that they are located in Areas C and 50 establishments under the pretext of establishing settlement projects in their place. The occupation municipality has notified the demolition of 50 commercial facilities in the industrial zone in the Wadi al-Joz neighborhood in Jerusalem to implement the Silicon Valley settlement project on the ruins of their decades-old stores. Sources stated that the occupation municipality crews had photographed, a few days ago, the shops in the neighborhood, and returned and posted notices of their eviction on the doors; Under the pretext of building without a permit. There are about 200 industrial and commercial establishments in the area that were notified of demolition last year. In recent years, the occupation municipality in Jerusalem announced its intention to establish the so-called “Silicon Valley” project; With allegations of developing the Jerusalemite Street in the neighborhood, it began communicating with property owners and residents in the area. This project includes the construction of a technology district, high towers, hotels and commercial centers, on the ruins of the facilities owned by Jerusalemites since the fifties; Through it, the occupation seeks to transform the area into a safe passage for settlers, and to give it a Jewish character. Meanwhile, the occupation forces notified the demolition of the dome of the Rahman Mosque in Beit Safafa in Jerusalem after it was restored, on the pretext that building a golden dome over the mosque in Beit Safafa similar to the Dome of the Rock is an attempt by the Palestinians to show the town as part of a sacred complex in Jerusalem, so that the Israelis are also prohibited from entering the town.

On the same subject of the notifications, 3 facilities were notified as a collective punishment within the occupation’s policy towards the perpetrators of operations against them. The Foundation for the Defense of Individual Rights “HaMoked” informed, on Friday 4/2/2022, the family of the prisoner Mahmoud Ghaleb Jaradat from the town of Al-Silat Al-Harithiya, west of Jenin The decision of the Israeli occupation authorities to demolish his house, after rejecting the appeal filed by the Foundation against the demolition, accusing him of carrying out an operation near the settlement of Homesh, which was established near Burqa village in Nablus, accompanied by Muhammad Jaradat, Ghaith and Omar Jaradat. On the demolition of the house of the captive Muhammad Yusuf Jaradat. The family had submitted a petition to the court through a human rights institution since the delivery of the notification, and the court rejected it and gave the family until next Thursday, and the occupation army approved on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the decision to demolish the house of the prisoner Omar Ahmed Jaradat, to be the fourth house to be decided Demolished in Silat Al-Harithiya, west of Jenin.

The last indicator in the report reviewed “self-demolition” operations and continued oppression by forcing the Palestinians themselves to demolish their facilities, especially their homes, under threat of heavy fines. During the month of February, the number of facilities that the occupation authorities forced their owners to self-demolish was (8) facilities out of (87) facilities, all of them in the Jerusalem governorate, of which (7) houses were demolished on the pretext of lack of a permit, and (1) a warehouse was demolished on the pretext that it was close to the settlement road.

The occupation authorities in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem forced the citizen Ahmed Amer Al-Khalis to personally demolish his house, after notifying him earlier, in order to avoid paying heavy fines in the event that the occupation authorities carried out the demolition process, and in Silwan neighborhood, the citizen Mahmoud Abu Diab. In the village of Sur Baher, the families of Dabash and Karaki were forced to demolish their two-storey house, in which 14 people live, including 9 children. The occupation forces also forced the family of Iyad Ahmed Abu Sneina to demolish their house. In the town of Jabal Mukaber in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which led to the displacement of 6 family members, and in the town of Al-Isawiya in Jerusalem, the citizen Nassib Obaid was forced to self-demolish his house, under penalty of arrest and fines if he did not demolish it. The house houses a family of 10, including 6 children and two women.

The occupation municipality in Jerusalem also forced the family of Ramzi Shawamra to forcibly demolish their house in the town of Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem, under the threat of heavy fines. He lives with his wife and five children, and the house has been built since 2005, and the occupation municipality notified him of its demolition during 2016, and fined him 30,000 shekels because of what it said was an “illegal and unlicensed building.”

About 20 days ago, members of the occupation municipality broke into the house again, and placed a demolition notice within 21 days. Despite the family’s attempts to postpone the decision until after the upcoming Eid al-Fitr, the occupation municipality refused to do so.

The occupation authorities also forced Nasser Al-Allami to demolish a warehouse in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, under the pretext that it is close to the settlement street.

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