The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories “OCHA” confirmed that the Israeli occupation authorities demolished or confiscated 22 Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank over the past two weeks, under the pretext of lacking building permits.
In a report covering the period between October 19 and November 1, 2021, OCHA indicated that the demolitions have resulted in the displacement of 13 people, and harmed about 1,400 others who were unable to access services.
Nine Palestinians were displaced in the Bedouin community of the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley due to the demolition of seven buildings on November 1, while four others were displaced in occupied Jerusalem.
The demolitions are carried out on the pretext of lacking a permit from the occupation municipality, which aims to prevent the natural expansion of the Palestinians, restrict them, and seise their lands in order to Judaize the Holy City and gain full control of the land.
The OCHA report noted that more than 1,100 Palestinians were denied access to piped water due to the destruction of a water network in Masafer Yatta in Hebron.
The ability of 120 Palestinians, including farmers and their families, to reach their lands was disrupted due to the destruction of an agricultural road in Yabad in Jenin.
Furthermore, about 50 students were affected by the confiscation of parts of their school built with international funding in the Dead Sea Area in Tubas.
The Israeli occupation authorities demolished a house and a stone wall, and uprooted 90 olive trees in the Khallet Al-Lawzeh area of Bethlehem, thus affecting the livelihoods of 66 people.
The report also indicated that settlers have injured four Palestinians, damaged at least 600 trees or stole their reaps.
The uprooted trees were in five locations, mostly near Israeli settlements, including at least 380 trees whose reaps were stolen near Burin village in Nablus and near Nahalin village in Bethlehem.
Settlers uprooted at least 200 trees owned by a Palestinian from Turmusaya, Ramallah, as well as 25 trees owned by a Palestinian from the mill in Bethlehem.
Israeli forces injured 103 Palestinians in the West Bank, 56 of whom were injured during peaceful protests against settlement activities near Beita with 37, and Beit Dajan with 19 injuries in the Nablus governorate.
The occupation carried out 79 search and arrest operations, and arrested 109 Palestinians in the West Bank, where the highest operations were in Bethlehem followed by Jerusalem.