HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday delivered stop-work and demolition orders to 10 Palestinian families in the village of Jinba in southern Hebron.
Ratib al-Jubour, a local popular resistance committee coordinator, said that officers from Israel’s planning and zoning department entered the village under army escort.
They delivered three demolition orders and five stop-work orders to Ahmad Issa Younis, Ali Jabarin, Nabil Hussein Jabarin, Issa Ahmad Younis, Ibrahim Ahmad Younis, Mahmoud Ahmad Younis, Mousa Ibrahim Abu Younis, Issa Younis Abu Younis, Muhammad Mahmoud Hoshiya and Issam Issa Abu Younis.
Jinba is one of a group of small villages collectively known as Masafir Yatta in southernmost Hebron.
Masafir Yatta’s mayor, Othman Jabarin, said the orders were for tin shacks and tents.
He alleged that the Israeli authorities are planning to confiscate 50,000 dunams (12,500 acres) of private Palestinian land in the area.
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem reports that Masafir Yatta is “subjected to Israeli aggression” due to its remoteness.Four illegal Israeli settlements currently surround the collection of Palestinian villages. The Maon and Karmi settlements to the villages’ north occupy approximately 2,000 dunams of land, while Yaqoub Dali to the east has an area of around 5,000 dunams and Lifna to the south has 1,000 dunams, according to ARIJ.Palestinian residents in villages and towns throughout the Hebron district face a continual threat of demolition or displacement.The presence of Israeli settlers in the south Hebron hills in particular makes the region particularly vulnerable.Building permits must be approved by Israeli authorities in order for construction to take place in villages there, which are classified as Area C under the Oslo Accords, giving Israel full military and civil control.
As a result of rarely-approved permits, Palestinian residents are forced to build structures without permits, which are liable to be torn down later by Israeli forces.
The Israeli practice of preventing either construction or expansion of Palestinian buildings in the Hebron district extends across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.