Yesterday, Sunday 22 August, Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished several homes and buildings under construction in Umm el-Fahm, a city in ‘48 Palestine, under the pretext of their being built without a permit.
Eyewitnesses have reported that starting in the early morning, members of the Israeli police force supported by special units raided the Sweiss and Wadi al-Haramiyah neighbourhoods, closed off access, and destroyed two homes belonging to the Jibariyn family.
The bulldozers later demolished three other homes and commercial properties; the owners were fined. The property owners were blocked from accessing the area whilst their buildings were destroyed.
In May this year, Israeli occupation authorities issued demolition orders against numerous houses under construction in Umm el-Fahm. The decisions involved 25 such properties in Sweiss and Wadi al-Haramiya.
Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) has repeatedly condemned these demolitions, calling on the European Union (EU) and the wider international community to urgently act to halt Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.
AOHR UK has stressed that the “feeble” international reaction to the crimes of the Israeli occupation is the primary reason for their continuation.