UN Decries Israel’s West Bank Demolition Order

Israel (Tasnim) – The United Nations raised concerns over a newly announced demolition plan in a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that threatens dozens of buildings including a primary school.

“This is unacceptable and it must stop,” Robert Piper, UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, said on Wednesday.

Piper visited the village where the primary school is among 140 structures at risk of demolition.

“Khan al-Ahmar is one of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank struggling to maintain a minimum standard of living in the face of intense pressure from the Israeli authorities to move,” he said in a statement.

Israeli officials have over the past week issued dozens of demolition orders threatening “nearly every structure” in a part of the village of Khan al-Ahmar, the UN said.

Israel said the buildings were built without permits, according to Al Jazeera.

The UN said such permits are all but impossible to obtain for Palestinians.

Israel has occupied the West Bank for 50 years in violation of international law.


school building for the Khan al-Ahmar community in the West Bank- By TrickyH – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

The UN said there are 46 communities in the central West Bank at risk of forcible transfer, ousting approximately 7,000 residents.

Israel frequently uses home demolitions to control and punish Palestinians living under its occupation in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Since 1967, when Israel occupied the Palestinian territories, at least 48,000 Palestinian homes and housing structures have been demolished.

This report prepared by Tasnim News Agency