|3 December 2013|
Since the resumption of the peace process in July, Israel has destroyed 207 Palestinian homes and property in the occupied West Bank, displacing 311 Palestinians, over half of whom are children[i] These demolitions, in areas under Israeli control, have driven Palestinian families from their communities and their land, increasing poverty and the need for humanitarian assistance. Such demolition of civilian property is in direct violation of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, which prohibits demolitions carried out without military necessity. Demolitions often occur to facilitate the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, with 60 percent of demolitions occurring in Palestinian communities close to settlement zones.
We the undersigned call for an immediate end to these demolitions.