Posted on 26th July 2012, by & filed under Anata, beit arabiya, Demolitions, Home Demolitions, Itay Epshtain, salim Shawamreh, UN.

United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNHC) Maxwell Gaylard visited demolished Anata homes and ICAHD peace center Beit Arabiya on Thursday, spoke with affected Palestinian families, and was briefed by ICAHD’s Jeff Halper and Itay Epshtain. Following yesterday’s visit, UNHC called for an immediate end to the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel in the occupied West Bank.  

During a visit on 26 January to Anata, Mr Gaylard saw the ruins of seven Palestinian homes demolished earlier in the week and met with representatives of the displaced families. He was informed that bulldozers and troops had arrived in the middle of the night and that 52 people, including 29 children, had been forced from their homes and the homes then completely destroyed.
 UNHC briefed by ICAHD Co-Director Itay Epshtain

“Israel as the Occupying Power has a fundamental responsibility to protect the Palestinian civilian population under its control and to ensure their dignity and wellbeing. The wholesale destruction of their homes and livelihoods is not consistent with that responsibility and humanitarian ideals. The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end. Palestinians urgently require ready access to a fair and nondiscriminatory planning and zoning system that meets their needs for growth and development” said Gaylard.

UNHC briefed by ICAHD Director Dr. Jeff Halper

Following his visit to Beit Arabiya, Mr Gaylard also commended the work undertaken by human rights organizations to support Palestinian families in distress and expressed serious concern about the repeated destruction of facilities supported by them.  

UNHC with Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh