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Al-Walaja, another Sheikh Jarrah

A third of the village at risk of displacement.

Jerusalem24 – Displacement threatens dozens of families in the village of Al-Walaja, West of Bethlehem after the Israeli military delivered dozens of demolition notices to the village of 3000.

Khader Al-Araj, head of the village council said that more than 70 homes have been handed demolition notices, placing around 1000 people at risk of forced displacement.

38 of the homes have submitted appeals to the Israeli Supreme Court to stop the orders and a final decision is expected to be issued on December 26th.

Over the years, Israel has demolished dozens of homes in the village.

Al-Araj added that the international and human rights institutions should move to save the village of Al-Walajah in light of the recent escalation of demolitions and settlement expansion.

Al-Walaja is located on over 17 thousand dunums, around 6 km southwest of Jerusalem and 4 km north of Bethlehem. It is one of the oldest villages in Palestine.

Israel seized 74% of its lands in 1948 on which they constructed the settlement of “Amindav.”

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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