Israeli forces have informed the families of three Palestinian prisoners of their plan to demolish their homes in the occupied West Bank.
The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said Israeli forces have broken into the houses of the three prisoners on Friday, handing their families demolition orders as what they called a collective punishment.
The Israeli forces then gave the families four days to evacuate after they measured Palestinians’ property.
They also photographed and mapped their homes as a preparation for demolition.
The prisoners are Mahmoud Atawneh from the town of Beit Kahil, west of al-Khalil (Hebron), Walid Hanatsheh from the town of al-Tira near Ramallah and Yazan Maghames from Birzeit town north of Ramallah.
Atawneh is accused of stabbing an Israeli settler at the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem last August, while Hanatsheh and Maghames are accused of involvement in killing an Israeli settler near the illegal Israeli settlement of Dolev, northwest of Ramallah in the same month.
The Israeli military has been practicing collective punishment against the Palestinian people as an official policy.
Demolitions of Palestinian houses occur under the pretext that the residential structures have been built without the relevant building permits.
Israel has razed the homes of hundreds of Palestinians for their alleged involvement in attacks against Israelis. Human Rights Watch has repeatedly condemned the move as a violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits collective punishment.
In May 2019, the Israeli rights group, B’Tselem, said in a report that the Tel Aviv regime uses other strategies to block Palestinian use of their land, or demolish the homes Palestinians have already built, thus, clearing the way for new illegal Israeli settlements in the region.
Israel has been occupying the West Bank, including East al-Quds, since 1967. Ever since, it has been building illegal settlements throughout the land, in a move condemned by the UN and considered illegal under international law.
International bodies and rights groups say Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds are an attempt to uproot Palestinians from their ancestral territory and confiscate more land for the expansion of illegal settlements.
About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.