OCHA: West Bank Demolitions and Displacement for May 2021

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) West Bank Demolitions and Displacement Report
Overview for May 2021

In May, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 13 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. This resulted in the displacement of nine people, including four children, and otherwise affected the livelihoods, or access to services, of 70 others. All the structures were
located in Area C or East Jerusalem, and were targeted for lacking building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

The decline recorded in May, compared with the first quarter of 2021, is attributed to the month of Ramadan (13 April – 12 May), during which the Israeli authorities customarily halt most demolitions, and the 11-day escalation of hostilities and unrest, between 10-21 May.

None of the structures demolished or seized in May had been provided as humanitarian aid. However, in Al Baqa’a (Hebron), one livelihood structure, provided as humanitarian aid at a value of over 2,000 euros, was served with a stop-work order.

While the number of structures demolished or seized in May is the lowest monthly figure this year, the cumulative figure in 2021, as of end May (330), is 50 % higher than its equivalent for the same period in 2020 (220) and 116 % higher for structures provided as humanitarian aid (110 vs. 51).

Seven of the structures demolished or seized in May, or 54 per cent, were seized without, or with very short, prior notice. In Umm Zaitonah (Hebron), the Israeli authorities seized two residential structures and two livelihood structures for lacking building permits in Area C, displacing nine people, including four children, and affecting the livelihoods of another nine people. The owners reportedly received the seizure orders during the operation itself, preventing them from objecting in advance.

Seized structures may be recovered, but this requires the owners to pay the Israeli Civil Administration for transportation and storage expenses, as well as committing to not reinstall the structures without a building permit. As these permits are almost impossible to obtain, such recoveries rarely happen.

In East Jerusalem, one structure in Ras al ‘Amud, used as a garage and car wash facility, was demolished by the owner, following the issuance of a demolition order. So far in 2021, the proportion of structures demolished by their owners in East Jerusalem, following the issuance of such orders, reached 40 %, up from an average of 27 % in the previous five years. This is attributed to new Israeli legislation, which limits the authority of Israeli courts to intervene and enables the Jerusalem Municipality to exert pressure on families to demolish their properties themselves.

On 2 May, the Israeli Supreme Court held a hearing on a leave to appeal request filed by the four extended families facing forced eviction from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. On 7 June, the Israeli Attorney-General announced that he would not intervene in the High Court proceedings with respect to the pending eviction of the four families. The Supreme Court has schedule a hearing on the families’ leave to appeal request on 2 August 2021, and will issue a ruling accordingly.

In a related development, on 26 May, the Jerusalem District Court postponed a pre-scheduled hearing on the planned forced eviction of six Palestinian households, comprising 33 people, including 19 children, from Batn al Hawa quarter in Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. About 100 Palestinian households in Batn Al Hawa are at risk of forced eviction by the Israeli authorities, mostly due to court cases initiated by, Ateret Cohanim, an Israeli settler organization, more than anywhere else in East Jerusalem.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Soldiers Abduct 18 Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, eighteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

In Bethlehem, south of the occupied capital Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Maher Mohammad al-Walaji, 18, Mohammad Wael Manna’, 17, from the Deheishe refugee camp, in addition to Kamel Mahdi Za’oul, 18, Zidan Mohammad Zidan, 20, from Husan town, and Ahmad Mohammad Abu Rayya from Ertas village.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped a former political prisoner, identified as Ashraf al-Qaisi, from Jenin refugee camp, while the soldiers also abducted Jaber Obeid and Mohammad As’ad Ataya, from Anza village, in addition to Hisham Tawfiq Hamdan, 27, from Arraba town.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ala’ Samih al-A’raj from the city, in addition to Bara’ Nael Dweikat from Rojeeb village, and Nosseir Abu Thabet from Beit Dajan.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Rahman al-Jaleesy and Ahmad Taiseer Rashed from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, Jihad Ahmad Hamayda and Ahmad Hamada Sabah from Kafr Ni’ma village, and Hamza Ghazi Khatib from Bil’in village.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Obeida al-Ajlouni from the southern area of the city.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Soldiers Demolish Under-Construction Home, Shed, In Salfit and Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, an under-construction home near Salfit, in central West Bank, and a shed near occupied Jerusalem.

Media sources in Salfit said the soldiers invaded the northwestern area of Bruqin town, west of the city, and demolished an under-construction home.

They added that the home, owned by Mousa Amad Abu Tabeekh, was 70 square/meters; the army alleged it was built without a permit from the “Civil Administration Office,” although it was financed by the local town council.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Sur Baher town, in occupied Jerusalem, and demolished a shed.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the town, before demolishing the property without prior notice.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Jabal al-Mokabber town, south of Jerusalem, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Khaled Oweisat.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Israeli Colonists Cut 30 Olive Trees Near Nablus

Israeli colonists illegally squatting on Palestinian lands cut, Wednesday, more than 30 olive trees in Jaloud village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists invaded an orchard, owned by Rajeh Mohammad Hammoud, and uprooted more than 30 olive trees.

Daghlas added that, a month ago, the colonists invaded the same area and uprooted more than 50 olive trees.

The attacks are part of the numerous violations by the colonists targeting the residents, their homes and lands, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Army Hands Demolition Orders Targeting 25 Homes Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the as-Sawiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and handed the Palestinians demolition orders targeting twenty-five homes.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal activities in northern West Bank, said personnel of the so-called “Civil Administration Office”, the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation, invaded the town accompanied by dozens of soldiers.

Daghlas added that the soldiers handed the families demolition orders targeting 25 homes and stated that many of them are inhabited while the remaining are still under construction. The homes are all in the western area of the village.

The Palestinians in the village have 45 days to file appeals or self-demolish their homes, located on their lands in Area C of the West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that, two weeks ago, the army handed demolition orders targeted twenty homes and a mosque in Rojeeb village, east of Nablus.

Report: Area C Building Permits Allowed for 1% of West Bank Palestinians

(Source / 30.06.2021)

UAE company punishes port workers in Canada over solidarity with Palestine

Canada (QNN)- The Dubai Ports World (DP World) sent out notices delivering a three-day suspension to 94 port workers who respected a Block the Boat community picket against the Israeli Zim Volans ship in Prince Rupert, northern British Columbia, and refused to unload the vessel.

DP World, owned by state-owned Dubai World, manages 78 operating terminals in over 40 countries, several of which are in Canada, according to Mondoweiss.

Last year, the Israeli company DoverTower and DP World signed several cooperation deals including a joint bid on the privatization of the Haifa Port.

Mondoweiss reported that this is not the first time that DP World has tried to punish workers who respected a community picket and upheld principles of solidarity. In December 2018, dockworkers on Canada’s east coast refused to cross a picket protesting Canada’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia. DP World attempted to punish its employees as a result.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Israeli forces repress, brutally attack protesters in Silwan

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces yesterday repressed and brutally attacked Palestinian protesters in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan.

Dozens of Palestinians were protesting yesterday in the neighborhood to stand in solidarity with its residents who are threatened with Israeli forced displacement and demolition of their houses.

Confrontations erupted in the neighborhood between locals and Israeli forces as the forces started yesterday demolishing structures in the area following the end of the 21-day of self-demolition of homes which Israeli occupation authorities gave to the neighborhood residents.

The forces were using rubber-coated metal bullets and sound grenades to suppress the protesters.

They ask you to demolish your home! Of course, no one accepts. They want you to sit idly by and enjoy watching your house being destroyed! Otherwise, you will be assaulted, beaten or arrested. IOF brutally assaulted Mr. Rajabi after demolishing his store in Silwan #SaveSilwan


The occupation forces also sprayed skunk water at the neighborhood houses.

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem unveiled a decision that rejected engineering plans for the Al-Bustan neighbourhood in Silwan.

On June 7, the Israeli-run Jerusalem Municipality issued demolition orders to 135 Palestinian families in al-Bustan neighbourhood.

Under this development, 119 homes, inhabited by 1,550 people, most of them children and women, in the Al Bustan neighbourhood are at risk of displacement, to make way for an Israeli archaeological park.

13 families out of 100 will be displaced in the few coming minutes, days, weeks or even months.

The demolition notice stated: “We wanted to inform you that we will carry out the demolition according to the court’s decision. To minimise damages, you must leave the home without people and items until 21 days after receiving this letter. The municipality is not responsible for property damage if the house is not evacuated as mentioned.”

This comes after the Israeli court postponed its decision on an appeal lodged on May by two of the seven Palestinian families in Silwan facing forced displacement from their homes.

The Jerusalem Municipality has already officially changed Al-Bustan’s name to Gan Hamelekh (The King’s Garden), claiming that it was a garden for Israelite kings thousands of years ago.

Only a few minutes left before the end of the countdown and the threat of the demolition.

The occupation authorities have told the residents of al-Bustan they have two choices: the self-demolition of their own houses, or the demolition by the occupation administration any minute.

The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Silwan, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the seven Palestinian families.

Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some Palestinian families in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.

Silwan, home to around 33,000 Palestinians, is located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Israel has been moving its citizens into the neighbourhood since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with evictions and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Israeli settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli settlers earlier today uprooted dozens of olive trees in Jaloud village south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, local sources said.

Local sources said that the settlers broke into a Palestinian-owned land in the area, and uprooted more than 30 olive trees planted there.

Last month, Israeli settlers also uprooted more than 50 olive trees in the same area.

Two days ago, the settlers uprooted and stole centuries-old olive trees near the town of Salfit in the occupied West Bank.

settlers uprooted and stole olive trees near the town of Salfit

Palestinians plant around 10,000 new olive trees in the West Bank each year, most of which are of oil-pro­duc­ing varieties.

However, Palestinians see the destruc­tion of their trees as a way for the occupation to erase Palestinian iden­tity and force them to cede more land to Israel.

According to United Nations mon­i­tors, more than 4,000 olive trees and other tree crops have been burned or removed by Israeli set­tlers and forces in 2020.

The committee against the wall and settlement on Sunday said Israeli forces uprooted, broke, and damaged 6507 trees in 869 operations in 2020.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Video| Israeli forces destroy Palestinian-owned warehouse in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces destroyed a Palestinian-owned warehouse in Sur Baher neighborhood in the occupied Jerusalem, earlier today.

Local sources said that under the protection of the occupation police, the forces broke into the neighborhood and destroyed a Palestinian-owned warehouse in Sur Baher.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 30.06.2021)

Video| Israeli settlers attack Palestinian driver in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian driver, causing damages to his bus in occupied Jerusalem, earlier on Wednesday.

The settlers attacked the Palestinian driver, identified as Yaqoup Idais, and brutally smashed his bus in the occupied city.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 30.06.2021)