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UN slams Israel demolition of West Bank properties
Published Wednesday 11/12/2013 (updated) 13/12/2013 12:14
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A Palestinian man watches as an Israeli bulldozer demolishes a house
in Khirbit al-Tawil in the northern West Bank on Oct. 29, 2013
(AFP/File Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The United Nations Wednesday slammed Israel's demolition of 30 Palestinian properties in the West Bank, saying it displaced some families for the second time in less than two weeks.

"I am concerned about the destruction of Palestinian structures in the Jordan Valley yesterday (Tuesday)," UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley said in a statement.

"The demolitions resulted in the displacement of 41 people, including 24 children, and affected another 20. Both refugee and non-refugee families were affected." the statement said.

"Some of the families were displaced for the second time this month and a number of donor-funded structures were among those demolished."

Israel's civilian administration of the West Bank had no immediate comment on the demolitions.

A group of 36 NGOs last week urged Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes, hours ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry aimed at revitalizing Middle East peace talks.

"Demolitions often occur to facilitate the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, with 60 percent of demolitions occurring in Palestinian communities close to settlement zones," rights groups and charities including Oxfam, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement.

"Since the resumption of the peace process in July, Israel has destroyed 207 Palestinian homes and property in the occupied West Bank, displacing 311 Palestinians, over half of whom are children," they said.

Israeli settlement building threatens to derail the fragile peace talks, with Israel announcing thousands of new homes in the West Bank on territory the Palestinians want for a future state.

This year, more than 630 Palestinian structures have been demolished in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank that is under full Israeli military control, according to the UN.

Some 1,035 Palestinians have been displaced by the demolitions, the world body said, adding that more than 80 percent of the displacement occurred in the Jordan Valley.
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1 ) Goldie / US
12/12/2013 13:20
Shame on the world for keeping silent on Israel's racist illegal colonial crimes against the ethnically legitimate people of the holy land the Palestinians. Israel is today's NAZI GERMANY!

2 ) Johnny benson / USA
12/12/2013 21:58
Goldie...you know nothing about nazi germany....

3 ) southparkbear / usa
12/12/2013 22:24
actually this is an endorsement. now we know that the right things are being done

4 ) Bj?rn T / Norway
12/12/2013 23:03
Johnny Benson...what Goldie knows and understands is sufficient to take a stand. You may support and accept Israel's occupation policy, their terror, torture and killing of innocent people including children. Others simply do not. Your choice. Today this conflict is well documented, and Israel clearly the perpetrator. Goldie has a point, there is a strong resemblence between the current act of the Israelis and the act of the nazis when they occupied my country. So, what do you know Johnny?

5 ) gabi / australia
13/12/2013 03:54
Johnny benson - you know so much about Nazi Germany? Well, you'd know just how they started. It started with little bits of harassment of Jews, then a bit more, then a bit more, then laws enacted enabling the state to discriminate against Jews, then it became fashionable to bad-mouth all Jews simply because they were Jews, then a bit of physical harassment with tacit support from the state which was meant to protect its people, then a bit more, then the Master Plan. . . . Read more about it.

6 ) Stevemg / USA
13/12/2013 08:09
Johnny, what does Goldie not know about Nazi Germany? I am curious.

7 ) Rene / US
13/12/2013 09:35
Johnny benson, A lot of people don't know anything about National Socialist Germany. They've always been told so many lies. I hope John Kerry finally gets tired of Netanyahu regularly responding to him with a F You and tell Netanyahu that the US is imposing sanctions on Israel. No more useless talk. Time to act.

8 ) Rene / US
14/12/2013 06:59
southparker. 'This is actually an endorsement'. That means that Israel will perish and Palestine will survive. So be it.
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