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Greater Israeli violations against Palestinians in 2017

Israeli soldiers restrain a Palestinian man as bulldozers demolish his home [file photo]
Israeli soldiers restrain a Palestinian man as bulldozers demolish his home [file photo]

Israel has demolished 270 Palestinian homes and structures in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem since the start of the year, the Palestinian Authority’s Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee has revealed.

A total of 121 demolitions took place in the city of Jerusalem alone, while the number of demolition notices reached 238, which were concentrated in the governorates of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron and Jenin.Some 6,090 settlement units have been built during the same period in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, in addition to two outposts in the governorates of Nablus and Tubas.

There have also been more than 300 attacks and storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

Read: Israel demolishes Palestinian structures in Ramallah

In 2016, there were 1,114 demolitions of Palestinian structures, affecting the lives of 1,620 Palestinians, including 772 children. While 2015 witnessed 535 demolitions. According to the authority, there have been 565 settler attacks, 300 attacks on citizens and their property, and 265 on religious sites. These focused on the repeated incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque and olive trees during the harvest.In addition to this, religious sites were targeted 798 times. This included preventing the Muslim call to prayer and preventing worshippers from accessing mosques.

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  • Vinegar Hill

    Day after day, week after week, month after month Israeli forces brutalise the indigenous Palestinian people.

    One day soon, in the not too distant future, we shall see how the mighty shall fall. The arrogance and racism of Israel shall come tumbling down just like the walls of Jerico. That will be a day of delight and celabration for the indigenous Palestinians who have suffered the brutality and savage repressions of the IDF.

    Let justice be done.

    • Helen4Yemen

      The West used Arab land to solve its Jewish question. When Herzl was making his rounds in the European cities, he was received with smiles and joy except when he met the Pope.

      January 25, 1904: Herzl Finally Meets the Pope, but the meeting did not go well for him! Here is what the Pope told Herzl:

      “We are unable to favor this movement. We cannot prevent the Jews from going to Jerusalem – but we could never sanction it. The ground of Jerusalem, if it were not always sacred, has been sanctified by the life of Jesus Christ. As the head of the Church, I cannot answer you otherwise. The Jews have not recognized our Lord, therefore we cannot recognize the Jewish people. Jerusalem cannot be placed in Jewish hands.”