Saturday, September 10, 2011

With focus on bogus "statehood" bid, Israel resumes home demolitions

By Ali Abunimah

"While world attention remains focused on whether or not the UN will admit as a full member a nonexistent Palestinian state, Israeli occupation forces are escalating their very real demolitions of Palestinian homes and infrastructure in the occupied West Bank.

On 8 September, Chris Gunness, spokesman for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine Refugees, stated:

On the eve of discussions about Palestinian statehood in New York, the Israeli authorities have resumed home demolitions in the West Bank after a month long suspension......

Schools face Israeli demolition

Threat of further demolitions still looms. UNRWA reports that there are more than 3,000 outstanding demolition orders in so-called “Area C” – the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control with no presence of Palestinian Authority forces.

Eighteen of the demolition orders have been issued to schools....."

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