Also in Burin village on 4 February, Israeli settlers from Bracha fenced in a privately owned Palestinian parcel of land, to which Palestinian access is restricted by Israeli forces, and commenced cultivation. The owners petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice demanding the evacuation of the settlers.
In two separate incidents during the week, Israeli settlers entered the villages of Deir Jrir (Ramallah) and Al Khader (Bethlehem), sprayed “price tag” graffiti on the walls of several Palestinian houses and in Al Khader they also set fire to two cars. In another incident on 1 February in the Old City of East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers allegedly punctured the tires of 19 Palestinian vehicles.
A number of additional incidents involving Israeli settlers, which resulted in no casualties or property damage were also reported during the week. In one such incident, two Palestinian herders were threatened by settlers while grazing their sheep at the Al Auja water spring near Jericho.
Also this week, raw sewage from Betar Illit settlement flooded 50 dunums of agricultural land in the nearby Wadi Fukin village (Bethlehem). According to the Wadi Fukin village council, the Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry has recently warned the settlement’s local council Israeli-issued building permits; five families were displaced as a result. These demolitions bring the total number of structures demolished in East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2013 to 20, including seven residences, and the number of people displaced to 41, including 22 children.
In the first incident, on 5 February the Jerusalem Municipality demolished a two-storey building containing four apartments (220m² each) in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem, resulting in the displacement of 27 people, including 13 children. On the same day in another location in Beit Hanina, a house (170 m²) was demolished, displacing a family of six people, including four children.
While no demolitions were carried out in Area C of the West Bank this week, demolition and stop-work orders were issued against at least 30 residential structures in the communities of Jaba’ and ‘Anata (Jerusalem), Dura and Tuba (South Hebron), and Sabastiya (Nablus).