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Israel razing Palestinian buildings at 'alarming' rate: UN

A bulldozer hired by the Jerusalem municipality destroys a Palestinian house in annexed East Jerusalem on the grounds that it was built without a construction permitIsrael is razing Palestinian homes and other buildings constructed with international aid at an “alarming” rate, the UN says, with more demolitions so far this year than in all of 2015. In total 121 structures funded partly or fully by international donors were demolished in the occupied West Bank between January 1 and March 2, overtaking the 108 from all of 2015, according to UN figures seen by AFP. Robert Piper, humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, wrote in response to an AFP query that the demolitions were “alarming”.

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