Israel demolishes 129 structures since the start of November

Nov 28,2020

Israeli forces demolished or seized a total of 129 structures, since the beginning of November, due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 100 people and otherwise affecting at least 200.

The largest incident took place on 3 November in Humsa Al Bqai’a, where 83 structures were destroyed, displacing 73 people, including 41 children. Thirty more structures were demolished in 12 other Area C communities.

The remaining 16 took place in East Jerusalem, where demolitions have resumed after a three-week suspension, following an announcement by the Israeli authorities on 1 October that, due to the pandemic, they would stop the demolition of inhabited residential buildings in the city.

More structures have been demolished or seized so far in 2020, than in any complete year since OCHA began systematically documenting this practice in 2009, with the exception of 2016.