Israel cracks down on illegal Arab construction

IDF to demolish 20 illegally-built Arab homes in Samaria, despite years of appeals in Israeli courts.

David Rosenberg,

Illegal Arab building demolished (archive image)
Illegal Arab building demolished (archive image)
Flash 90

The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration is set to demolish 20 illegally-built Arab homes in a village in the Jordan Valley in Samaria, following years of appeals by residents to Israeli courts.

According to a report by the Palestinian Authority’s WAFA media outlet on Sunday, Defense Ministry officials notified residents of the village of al-Aqba in Samaria that 20 illegal homes would be demolished within the next 60 days.

All 20 of the homes, which were built without any authorization by the Civil Administration, are located in Area C, which is under direct Israeli control. The 20 buildings are all currently uninhabited.

Al-Aqba Mayor Sami Sadeq told WAFA that Israeli officials distributed the notices regarding the impending demolition to residents on Sunday.

The town, home to some 300 Arabs, has a large number of structures which were built with no building permits from the Civil Administration, including dozens of homes built next to an IDF firing range.

Since the 1990s, Israeli authorities have sought to demolish illegal structures in the town, but have been hamstrung by repeated appeals to the Israeli judiciary.


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