ISRAELI FORCES DELIVER STOP-WORK ORDERS TO 7 PALESTINIAN FAMILIES IN KAFR AL-DIK

SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces delivered stop-work orders to seven Palestinian families in the village of Kafr al-Dik west of Salfit in the central occupied West Bank late Monday evening, local sources told Ma’an.

 
Mayor Jamal al-Dik said that Israeli troops stormed a neighborhood in the west side of the village known locally as “al-Khilal” and delivered stop-work warrants to seven families.
 
The families, he said, were told they must stop construction work on their homes, which are located in Area C — the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli control where Israeli authorities only approve 1.5 percent of building permit applications for Palestinians, according to the United Nations.
 
Al-Dik told Ma’an the families would start legal procedures to appeal the Israeli orders.
 
The houses belong to Ahmad Bakr, Yazid Darwish, Jamal Mustafa, Mahmoud Mustafa, Ashraf Naji, Hussam Mustafa Naji, and Ibrahim Naji, according to al-Dik.
 
In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma’an that “the constructions in question were illegally built in C area’s where construction requires the approval of the qualified authorities, therefor warrants to stop construction were served.”
 
On Sunday evening, Israeli authorities also delivered demolition and stop-work orders to a Palestinian family in the southern occupied West Bank town of Beit Ummar, located in Area C.
 
As Israel almost never gives Palestinians permission to build in land classified as Area C, residents are forced to build their homes without permits and “live in constant fear of their homes and livelihoods being destroyed,” Israeli rights group B’Tselem has said.
 
Israel demolished more Palestinian homes in the occupied territory in 2016 than in any year since the United Nations began documenting demolitions in 2009, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
 
According to UN documentation, 1,093 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished by Israeli authorities, displacing 1,601 people.At least 173 demolitions have been reported in the Palestinian territory since the start of 2017, displacing 299 people as of March 6.
(Source / 21.03.2017)

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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