A recent United Nations press releasereports: “The number of demolitions for just the first six weeks of 2016 is greatly alarming…Over 400 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes – equivalent to over half the Palestinians displaced in all of 2015.” (emphasis added) Robert Piper, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Palestinians' property is often demolished due to the lack of a building permit. But only a tiny fraction of Palestinians in Area C — the West Bank area under Israeli control — can get the necessary permits from Israel.
Demolishing homes and property
- whether for punishment or illegal settlement expansion - is criminally unjust,
is disastrous for Palestinian families and communities, and
greatly damages the prospects for peace.
United Methodist Kairos Response is an international peace movement in the
United Methodist Church responding to the urgent call* from Palestinian Christians for effective action to end the Israeli occupation and support a just peace
in the Holy Land. *See "Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth