HRW: IOA breaking international laws

HRW: IOA breaking international laws

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged that the Israeli occupation authority’s (IOA) continued demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem was in violation of international laws.

HRW, in a statement on Saturday, asked the IOA to immediately halt the demolition of those homes, describing such practice as a violation of the international humanitarian law guaranteeing private property.

The IOA’s policy of demolishing those homes deprive thousands of Palestinians of their right to live in their homes in which they lived for generations, the organization said.

It added that the IOA had destroyed more than 600 homes in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem this year, recalling that on a single day (27/10/2009) five homes were flattened and 57 Palestinians displaced while three other homes were partially destroyed.

Sarah Leah Whitson, the HRW Middle East and North Africa executive director, said that the IOA was using laws against the Palestinians allowing it to knock down their homes.

She described the IOA measure as “cruel, arbitrary and illegal”.