Army demolishes quadruplex house in Beit Jala – – IMEMC News
On Thursday, Israeli soldiers demolished a fourplex house under construction in the Be’er Owna neighborhood in the town of Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
Media sources said the house belongs to Walid Zreina, and added that the Palestinian had received the demolition order just a week earlier, and had not had enough time to appeal the decision.
The army says the building was not authorized by the Civil Administration Office, the administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation in the West Bank.
It should be mentioned that the army first demolished the house four years ago before the Palestinian rebuilt it to house his family.
The army has previously demolished several homes belonging to members of the Zreina family and several other families in the area, as part of Israel‘s illegal settlement activities and policies.
As Israel continues to build and expand its illegal settlements, Palestinian communities and towns in occupied Jerusalem and various areas of the occupied West Bank continue to be denied the right to build homes and property.
All Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as various United Nations and Security Council resolutions . They also constitute war crimes under international law.
Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory which it occupies. It also prohibits “individual or collective forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.