The Palestinian Authority has launched a week of nationwide protests against Israeli authorities who on Thursday demolished dozens of homes in the Ramallah area of the West Bank.
The protests came after a day of demonstrations in the Gaza Strip and the West bank that also called for an end to Israeli occupation of the occupied Palestinian territory.
“The PA is continuing its solidarity with the people of the Ramlah region and the Palestinians throughout the day,” the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Culture said in a statement.
The ministry added that the Palestinian Authority would continue to take up its role in helping to secure the security of the region and its citizens.
“We hope the government of the Palestinian state will fulfill its obligations under international law and recognize the rights of the people,” the ministry said.
On Thursday, Israeli forces demolished homes in several areas in the West and North Ramallah, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which said that the demolitions took place in the villages of Silwad and Tuba.
“This was the largest number of demolitions of homes of the Palestinians since the beginning of the year, which was a clear indication of the Israeli authorities’ decision to clear land for the construction of the illegal settlement,” the centre’s director of investigations, Nader al-Khairy, told Al Jazeera.
The centre called on the Palestinian authorities to halt the demolition of the homes and hold Israel accountable for the demolition.
The Ramallah residents, who have been displaced since Israel launched its assault on the Gaza strip, have also been protesting since the end of March against the construction in the area of an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank that the Palestinians seek for a future state.
The Palestinian centre said that at least 1,600 homes had been demolished in Ramah since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge began in September.
The center said that this included about 6,000 Palestinians living in a single home, including the families of six of the eight children living in the home.
“These demolitions are a clear violation of the right to housing,” Khairy told Al Jazeera.
“Israel should be held accountable for this and it is time to bring an end [to the demolishes].”
According to the UN, Palestinians in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 are denied equal citizenship, including in Israel, the Palestinian Centre for Human Relations said in its statement.
“All of the demolishments are part of Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory, which has no basis in international law or in the Fourth Geneva Convention,” the group said.
“Israeli authorities continue to deny Palestinian citizens the right of return and deny the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and land.”
A total of 13 Palestinians were killed in the violence, which took place between Monday and Wednesday, according the Palestinian Red Crescent and Human Rights Watch.
“Every day we are dying in these incidents, we are facing the most serious threat to our safety,” Khala said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights, Navi Pillay, also urged the Palestinian authority to stop demolishing homes.
“It is a matter of grave concern that Israeli authorities have demolished homes and structures in the territory of the State of Palestine, which constitutes the most deprived and most isolated Palestinian community in the entire region,” Pillay said.