According to a PLO affiliated study, Israeli Occupation Forces have destroyed some 478 Palestinian facilities, including homes, clinics and historical sites during 2015.
IMEMC on Thursday reported that PLO affilliated Abdullah al-Horani Centre for Research and Documentation has documented the demolitions which occurred across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Results show that 247 homes have been demolished this year, and the rest were commercial, agricultural and industrial facilities, uprooting citizens from their homes and destroying farms is regarded as the “ethnic cleansing” of the Palestinians from their land.
Hanna Issa, lawyer and head of the Muslim-Christian Committee for Supporting Al Quds and Sanctity, said that the Israeli authorities destroy the houses under different pretexts, which include security reasons, a lack of building licences, being built near the settlements or across the settlement roads, being built on state lands or being built on green areas, Days of Palestine reported.
The policy is being used by the Israeli occupation as collective punishment during the current Al-Quds Intifada.
“Destroying homes is an old/new Israeli policy that is used to empty Palestinian lands of Palestinians and replace them with [illegal Jewish] settlers,” the report noted.
The most affected areas are places of strategic importance, such as occupied Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.