Israel to demolish Palestinian farmers' 'illegal' chicken sheds in occupied Jenin

Israel to demolish Palestinian farmers' 'illegal' chicken sheds in occupied Jenin
Palestinian residents of the Um al-Rehan village in Ya’bad town were notified by occupying Israeli forces that three of their chicken sheds will be demolished because they are considered 'illegal'.
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17 May, 2022
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Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank sent a demolition order to Palestinian farmers on Monday ordering the demolition of three chicken sheds.

Locals in Um al-Rehan village, southwest of Jenin, were told by Israeli authorities that their chicken coops were illegally constructed, the head of Ya’bad village council, Majdi Zaid, told the Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa.

They will now be levelled after Israeli forces said the farmers do not have the necessary permits.

Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank since 1967 and constructed hundreds of Jewish settlements in a bid to cement its rule over the Palestinian territories.

Israel charges extortionate amounts for building permits which are unaffordable to most Palestinians.

Analysts say these rules create a legal loophole that allows Israel to annex more land at the expense of Palestinians who are subject to frequent demolition orders for their homes and businesses.

Without the relevant paperwork, Palestinians are at risk of eviction and in some cases are forced to destroy their own properties to avoid extortionate fees charged for Israeli demolitions.


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Some 600,000 Israeli settlers now live in the occupied West Bank, which is home to more than 2.8 million Palestinians.

Settler violence - enabled by Israeli forces - has become a daily part of Palestinians' lives resulting in injuries and fatalities, as well as damage to land and property.

Israeli forces have shown an "appalling disregard for human life", Amnesty International has said, by using reckless and unlawful lethal force against Palestinians.

Amnesty International has repeatedly urged an end to the "worrying rise in unlawful killings by Israeli forces, fostered by a culture of impunity".