Israeli army levels home in village east of Bethlehem

19 July 2007


The owner of the house, Mohammed Hussain, said that soldiers surrounded his home, which is still under construction, forcing everyone away from the house. Army bulldozers then leveled it to the ground. Hussain added that the army gave him no warning of the demolition.

The house in question is located near an illegal Israeli settlement outpost that was built on land stolen from Palestinians from Al-Asakra village.

The Israeli army, as always, stated that the house was built without the necessary permits. Such permits have never been granted by the Israeli state to Palestinians since Israeli occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. Mr. Hussain stated that this demolition is aimed at forcing him out of his land, so that settlers can take over and expand their illegal outpost.