Israeli occupation forces have been busy lately in the West Bank city of Nablus.
As many as 100 Palestinian olive trees have been uprooted by Israeli settlers, who routinely vandalize and destroy Palestinian property. A spike in demolition orders in recent days has accelerated an already brisk campaign this year to reduce various parts of the city to rubble.
According to Ma’an News Agency, Israeli occupation forces are now set to demolish a mosque in the al-Taweel district in southern Nablus.
Given all the recent media attention focused on the mistreatment of religious minorities in surrounding Arab countries, it will be interesting to see if there is similar outrage when Israel demolishes a Palestinian town’s only mosque.
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces handed out a notification to a mosque south of Nablus on Tuesday morning declaring their intention to demolish it within the next few hours, an official said.
The notification ordered locals to evacuate the mosque, which is located in the al-Taweel area, so that Israeli forces could level the structure.
Ghassan Daughlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that an Israeli military patrol arrived in the area and demanded Palestinians evacuate the mosque.
The religious structure is the only mosque in the area.
Daughlas added that al-Taweel area has been subject to numerous and repeated demolitions by Israeli bulldozers in recent days.
Israel has destroyed more than 558 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, displacing 919 people, according to UNOCHA.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in much of the West Bank.
It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.