Israel has stepped up its demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank in defiance of international law, sparking a wave of condemnation from across the world.
In a statement released on Saturday, the Arab League said the demolitions, which saw a 200 percent increase this year, were part of the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people amid the silence of the international community.
Arab League Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine and the Occupied Arab Territories Saeed Abu Ali said Israeli authorities razed over 76 buildings this week, including housing facilities owned by 11 Palestinian families, in Humsa al-Bqai’a Bedouin village in the northern Jordan Valley.
“This is the largest forced displacement operation in more than four years as three-quarters of the residents lost their homes… this is a blatant violation of the rules of international law and international covenants,” he told the Palestinian WAFA news agency.
The demolitions coincide with Israeli threats to raze more than 52 Palestinian schools, including the Ras al-Teen School funded by the European Union, he added.
Abu Ali also warned that the Tel Aviv regime intends to demolish a neighborhood and a commercial market embracing more than 200 industrial and commercial establishments in Jerusalem al-Quds’ Wadi al-Joz district.
“The international community must confront this continuous and escalating Israeli aggression which not only targets the Palestinian people and their rights, but also violates the will of the international community, its charters and laws,” he concluded.
Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Belgium speak out against Tel Aviv’s illegal measure
Meanwhile, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry denounced the demolitions as “an illegal act that aims to displace Palestinians and destroy their land in severe violation to international agreements.”
It further urged the international community to “move swiftly to protect the Palestinian people from the dangers of forced and mass displacement, and hold the occupation accountable for these severe violations.”
Additionally, Egypt estimated in a statement that the Humsa al-Bqai’a demolitions had caused the displacement of dozens of Palestinian people, including children.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez stressed that the Israeli practice constitutes a grave violation of international humanitarian law and exacerbates the difficult conditions endured by the Palestinian nation.
“This further aggravates challenges related to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to hindering the two-state solution and chances of reaching a comprehensive and just peace and achieving stability in the region,” Hafez said.
Similarly, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Dhaifallah al-Fayez said the unlawful seizure of lands, demolition of homes and expulsion of residents are a flagrant breach of the international humanitarian law, and Israel’s obligations as an occupying power.
He also called on the international community to pressure the occupying regime to stop its illegal actions, which run against peace efforts.