By Palestine Chronicle Staff
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B’Tselem, has revealed in a recent report that Israeli authorities have rendered 6,000 Palestinians in the West Bank displaced since 2006.
The organization added, “Since the beginning of August 2016, Israel’s Civil Administration demolished 20 homes and 13 other structures in Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, leaving 53 people – including 25 minors – homeless.”
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) August 13, 2016
In total, B’Tselem explained, Israel has demolished 188 Palestinian structures in the West Bank since January 2016.
“All the homes demolished this month were in areas defined as Area C. Nine of them were inhabited intermittently, hence their owners were not counted among the 53 persons left homeless. At least five of the demolished structures were donated by humanitarian aid organizations.”
B’Tselem cited three examples of house demolitions in the West Bank; one in the South Hebron Hills and two others in the Jordan Valley.
B'TSelem: "Israel renders 53 Palestinians homeless in August alone; 2016 home demolition rate highest since 2006" https://t.co/Nu9zDrXunB
— Indep. Workers Party (@IWPCHI) August 13, 2016
The report said, “These demolitions are a direct continuation of Israel’s policy to step up and expand demolitions in the West Bank since the beginning of 2016.”
It added, “They were executed although Israel and the European Union are currently engaged in ‘structured dialogue’ over home demolitions, and despite international condemnation of this policy in the Quartet Report published in early July.”