UN says Israel destroys Palestinian Bedouin homes (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/22/12)
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UN agencies in the occupied West Bank said on Sunday that Israel last
week destroyed 21 homes of Palestinian Bedouin refugees, making 54
people including 35 children homeless.
A joint statement from the refugee agency UNRWA and the Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs condemned the April 18
demolition of the structures at Khalayleh north of Jerusalem, along
with the removal the same day of refugees from two houses in annexed
"The forced eviction of Palestine refugees and the demolition of
Palestinian homes and other civilian structures in the occupied West
Bank, including East Jerusalem, is contrary to international law,"
UNRWA´s West Bank director, Felipe Sanchez, said in the statement.
"We urge the Israeli authorities to find an immediate solution to
enable the Palestinian population of the occupied West Bank, to lead
a normal life, in full realisation of their rights", he added.
Israeli officials could not immediately confirm or deny the Khalayleh
The European Union on Saturday condemned the east Jerusalem eviction,
in which 14 Palestinians were removed from two houses in the Beit
Hanina neighbourhood ahead of Jewish settlers moving in.
The EU´s diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah said in a
statement that they were "deeply concerned by the plans to build a
new settlement in the midst of this traditional Palestinian
"Settlements are illegal under international law," it added.
Israeli police evicted the Natshe family from their Beit Hanina homes
after Jewish settlers won a court battle over ownership.
It was the first successful attempt by settlers to secure property in
the well-heeled Arab district in the northern part of east Jerusalem.
Israel captured east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War, and
considers all the city to be its "eternal, undivided" capital. It
does not consider construction in the eastern sector as settlement
But the Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of their
promised state, and furiously denounce any move by Israel to buy or
build property there.
The international community considers all Israeli settlement on
occupied land to be illegal under international law. (Copyright ©
2012 Agence France Presse. 04/22/12)
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