West Bank demolitions and displacement

18 November 2020 |
The Israeli authorities remove part of a donor-funded network supplying water to eight communities in Massafer Yatta (Hebron), 28 October 2020. Photo by Alliance for Human Rights.

Removal of donor-funded network disrupts water supply to over 1,000 people in herding communities. Requisitioning of structures without prior notice continues. Freeze on the demolition of inhabited homes in East Jerusalem holds. Punitive sealing in Ya’bad village (Jenin) displaces a family of ten.

22 October 2020 |
Arabic lesson in the Ras at Tin school, at risk of demolition. © Photo by OCHA

21 donor-funded aid structures demolished or seized. Donor-funded school faces imminent risk of demolition. Nearly a third of all structures targeted were requisitioned without prior notice. Freeze on the demolition of inhabited homes announced on 1 October in East Jerusalem.

17 September 2020 |
فلسطينيون يهدمون منزلهم في خربة خميس (القدس الشرقية)، 10 آب/أغسطس 2020  وكانت الأسرة قد دفعت غرامات قدرها 150,000 شيكل منذ أن انتقلت إلى منزلها

Sharp increase in demolition- related displacements in August. 21 stuctures demolished or sized within or next to the E1 settlement expansion area. Over half of demolitions in East Jerusalem in 2020 carried out by the structures’ owners. Seven donor-funded aid structures demolished/seized, while another nine placed at risk.

26 August 2020 |
One home demolished in Abu George Bedouin - Nkheila community (Jerusalem), 8 July 2020. The family is facing its second demolition and displacement in one month. Photo by OCHA.

27 inhabited homes demolished since the start of the pandemic, despite announced moratorium. Ten additional structures demolished using expedited procedure (Military Order 1797). Four humanitarian aid structures demolished and another eight placed at risk.

15 July 2020 |
One of eight demolished homes in Mirkez community in the Massafer Yatta area (Hebron), 3 June 2020. Photo by OCHA.

100 structures demolished or seized in June, the highest level since January 2017. Of the targeted structures, ten were humanitarian aid, including a tent used as a quarantine site. Only six out of 700 housing units announced for Palestinians in Area C were issued permits.

24 June 2020 |
My son used to live here, but today [14 May] the Israeli authorities demolished his home’ (Dar Faza’a, Ramallah 14 May 2020). Photo by OCHA.

Fifty structures demolished or seized during May. Unprecedented number of demolitions during Ramadan, compared to previous years. First demolitions recorded in East Jerusalem since March. Two aid structures, worth almost EUR 10,500, demolished or seized.

22 May 2020 |
Donor-funded residential and livelihood structures demolished in Deir al Qilt Bedouin community (Jericho), 26 April 2020. Photo by OCHA.

Concern over demolition of homes and WASH structures amid COVID-19 emergency. Increase in structures targeted in the first week of Ramadan, compared to previous years. Ten aid structures, worth almost 20,000, demolished or seized.

20 April 2020 |
Two homes and two other donor-funded structures demolished in Ein ar Rashash herding community (Ramallah), 9 March 2020. Photo by Ein ar Rashash community member.

Halt in demolitions of inhabited homes during COVID-19 emergency. Concern over ongoing demolition of hygiene-related structures. 16 aid structures, including EU-funded, were demolished or seized.

19 March 2020 |
The Israeli authorities seize a commercial structure in Al Hijra (Hebron) on the grounds of Military Order 1797 on 6 February 2020. Photo by OCHA.

Ten donor-funded structures demolished or seized. Rise in demolitions and seizures through the use of Military Order 1797. Punitive demolition triggers clashes resulting in two deaths.

15 February 2020 |
Children playing by their demolished home in Jabal Al Mukabbir, East Jerusalem, 13 January 2019.

The first month of 2020 recorded the demolition/seizure of 11 donor-funded structures. The use of Military Order 1797 in Area C continued in 2020. 53 per cent of targeted structures in East Jerusalem were demolished by their owners.