P/R: The Israeli army demolishes the mosque in al Mufaqarah

The Israeli army demolishes the mosque in al Mufaqarah, South Hebron hills

At-Tuwani – On Tuesday 4, at 6.30 am 2 bulldozers together with a Border Police vehicle, 4 District Coordination Office (DCO) vehicles and 5 Israeli army vehicles arrived to the Palestinian village of al Mufaqarah, and demolished the mosque.

The mosque was already demolished by the Israeli army one year ago, on November 24, 2011. The inhabitants of the village had just finished to rebuild the mosque last October.

The village of al Mufaqarah belong to Area C, under the military and administrative control of Israel. Every construction must be approved by the Israeli administration. Israel denies Palestinians the right to build on 70% of Area C, which comes out to about 44% of the West Bank, while within the remaining 30% a series of restrictions are applied which eliminate the possibility to obtain a permit.

While Palestinian villages of Area C are suffering an ongoing policy of demolition, in the nearby outpost of Avigayil, illegal under the Israeli low itself, the settlers are working at new buildings. These illegal constructions are tolerated by the army and police, despite repeated reports from international and Israeli activists.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the incident: http://snipurl.com/25rxbnq

Video of the incident made by a Palestinian: http://youtu.be/coRulIDuXvk
A video by Operation Dove will be available soon.

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Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833) and Avigayil, are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]