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Sharp upsurge in home demolitions in east Jerusalem

The Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied territories, B’Tselem, has released a report showing that in 2019, the Israeli authorities demolished more Palestinian homes than any other year in the past 15 years.

According to B’Tselem, “from 2004 to 2018, the Israeli authorities demolished 54 residential units [belonging to Palestinians] a year, on average. In 2019, the authorities demolished 140 units by the end of September.”

Its report also highlighted other statistics regarding Israel’s demolition policy, including that “from 2006 until October 31, 2019, Israel demolished at least 1,489 Palestinian residential units in the West Bank (not including east Jerusalem), causing 6,508 people – including at least 3,264 minors – to lose their homes.”

“In Palestinian communities unrecognized by the state of Israel, many which are facing the threat of expulsion, Israel repeatedly demolishes residents’ homes. From 2006 through October 31 2019, the homes of at least 1,048 people living in these communities – including 499 minors – were demolished more than once by Israel.”

“In addition, from January 2016 through October 31 2019, the [Israeli army’s] Civil Administration demolished 756 non-residential structures (such as fences, cisterns, roads, storerooms, farming buildings, businesses and public buildings) in the West Bank (excluding east Jerusalem),” the report elaborated.