Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Israel destroyed 590 homes in 2014 and displaced a record number of 1.177 people
In 2014 the Israeli authorities destroyed 590 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C and East Jerusalem, displacing 1,177 people. according to a statement by OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. It is the highest level of displacement recorded by OCHA since it began to monitor the issue systematically in 2008. According to Haaretz the figures for East-Jerusalem were that 208 Palestinians were displaced in 2014 after Israel demolished 97 buildings.
OCHA issued its statement out of concern after a remarkable increase in the level of displacement and destruction in January 2015. Since the beginning of 2015, the Civil Administration of the Israel Defense Forces has demolished 77 homes, livestock pens, farm buildings and other structures of Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, since they were built without building permits. As a result, 110 people, around half of them children, lost their homes at the height of the winter, according to a report compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Seven of these buildings were destroyed in East Jerusalem, including two on January 29 in the Jabal Mukkaber neighborhood. Buildings were also torn down in Isawiyah, Shoafat and Ras al Amud.
Á record number of 41 structures was destroyed in de week between January 19 and January 26, OCHA said. This was much more'than the weekly average for 2014 of nine demolitions per week. In this case all structures were in Bedouin and other pastoral communities in the area of Hebron, Jericho, Ramallah and Beit Iksa, northwest of Jerusalem. They included buildings that were donated by European humanitarian organizations.
In the same seven-day period, Civil Administration inspectors delivered 45 construction stop orders and two demolition orders. Construction stop orders were issued for a park funded by donor nations in the Yatta area and buildings in the Ramallah area and near Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley.