Israel razes Palestinian makeshift structures in W. Bank

If realized, the E1 plan, which aims to build new Jewish settlements on an area of 12,000 dunams, will link the Jewish settlements of Maale Adumim, Mishor Adumim and Kfar Adumim in the occupied West Bank to East Jerusalem

Israel razes Palestinian makeshift structures in W. Bank
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Israeli military bulldozers on Monday demolished six makeshift structures belonging to Palestinians in the Bedouin village of Jabal al-Baba near the West Bank town of al-Eizariya, eyewitnesses said.

"Israeli army forces stormed the area and demolished four residential shanty houses, and two others that were being used to raise sheep, claiming that they were built without permits in Area C," a witness told The Anadolu Agency.

"The army also informed the villagers that it plans to raze other houses if the people don't dismantle them," he said.

Some 50 Palestinian families live in Jabal al-Baba, in an area labeled by Israel as "E1" - one of Israel's major settlement expansion plans that was approved by the Israeli authorities but was delayed due the international pressure.

If realized, the E1 plan, which aims to build new Jewish settlements on an area of 12,000 dunams, will link the settlements of Maale Adumim, Mishor Adumim and Kfar Adumim in the occupied West Bank to East Jerusalem.

One dunam of land is roughly equivalent to 1,000 square meters.

To achieve this, Israeli authorities plans to relocate many Bedouin communities to the Jordan Valley near Jericho.

Last month, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the European Union sought to persuade Israel not to take a series of moves in the occupied West Bank deemed "red lines" by the union – including settlement building in the E1 area.

According to the paper, the European Union believes that crossing any of these "red lines" by Israel could undermine the possibility of a future Palestinian state alongside Israel – a risk that could draw further European sanctions against Israel.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.

Palestinians, for their part, continue to demand the establishment of an independent state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with East Jerusalem – currently occupied by Israel – as its capital.

 

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