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Ofra, West Bank - Israeli Forces Demolish 9 Homes In West Bank Settlement

Published on: March 1, 2017 09:22 AM
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A bulldozer works as it carries out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Baz RatnerA bulldozer works as it carries out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Ofra, West Bank -Israeli forces are demolishing nine homes in the heart of the West Bank settlement of Ofra after the Supreme Court ruled they were built on private Palestinian land.

Construction vehicles smashed walls Wednesday a day after police wrestled with protesting residents.

Netzach Brodt watched as his house was destroyed and said, “We are extremely disappointed and broken that this house is being torn down.”

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The international community mostly views settlements as an obstacle to creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel in territory it captured in the 1967 war.

Last month forces uprooted nearby Amona, a community that had become a symbol of the settlement movement.

The moves created tension in the coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is caught between appeasing his pro-settler coalition allies and respecting court rulings.

A Jewish settler watches as bulldozers carry out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)A Jewish settler watches as bulldozers carry out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)
Jewish settlers watch as bulldozers carry out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)Jewish settlers watch as bulldozers carry out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)
A bulldozer works as it carries out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)A bulldozer works as it carries out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)
Israeli policemen remove pro-settlement activists from a rooftop as Israeli forces carry out a court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)Israeli policemen remove pro-settlement activists from a rooftop as Israeli forces carry out a court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)
A pro-settlement activist is detained by Israeli border policemen as bulldozers carry out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)A pro-settlement activist is detained by Israeli border policemen as bulldozers carry out an Israeli court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)
Israeli policemen remove pro-settlement activists from a rooftop as Israeli forces carry out a court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)Israeli policemen remove pro-settlement activists from a rooftop as Israeli forces carry out a court order to demolish nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land, in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, in the occupied West Bank March 1, 2017.  (Credit: Reuters)


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 Mar 01, 2017 at 11:53 AM ayoyo Says:

tit for tat, no more people should be forced to leave their homes in the territories ,The PLO.has a law that the death penalty is imposed of anyone who sells land to a jew. This law has to be removed .

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