Israel demolishes 16 Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank
Israeli forces demolished 16 Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank as part of its plan to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, said local activists and residents on Wednesday.
Eid Khamis, a Palestinian activist, said eight structures were brought down by Israeli forces in Ein Hajla Bedouin community east of Jericho in the eastern West Bank.
Eight other homes were razed south of Hebron city in the southern West Bank, according to local residents.
“These demolitions are part of an Israeli plan to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank,” Khamis said.
Palestinians have suffered from the ongoing risk of demolition by Israeli forces.
In December 2019, Israel planned to demolish some 18,000 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem. Even though the International Criminal Court (ICC) have called such actions a “war crime”, Israeli military forces last year demolished a school in a Bedouin community in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Israel is expected to annex parts of the occupied West Bank under a plan agreed to by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned ally Benny Gantz, the head of the Blue and White party.
The plan comes as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century,” which refers to Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital” and recognizes Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank.
The plan calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the form of an archipelago connected by bridges and tunnels. Palestinian officials say that under the U.S. plan, “Israel will annex 30%-40% of the West Bank, including all of east Jerusalem”.
A string of governments and senior politicians across the world have condemned Israel over its plans to extend its colonization of Palestine. In May, the UK confirmed that it will not back Israeli annexation plans. In the same month, France pushed for a tougher European Union response against Israel.