In the West Bank city of Hebron, where the Israeli occupation forces recently expanded their control over the city, it is no longer the case that many Palestinians are being forced to live in tents or make do with the cramped conditions of their tiny home.
Rather, they are being pushed into houses, barns and even barns with wooden doors.
As the Occupation continues to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Wall neighborhood of Silwan, residents are beginning to feel they have no choice but to adapt.
“My son was crying in the morning,” said Muhammad Hamd, a 50-year-old farmer from Silwan.
“He asked me why I am so scared, when my neighbors are living in their tents.”
Hamd lives in a tent that is one meter high.
While it was previously impossible to move his family to a new house, he now has to move them to the neighboring city of Nablus, where he has to make arrangements for them to relocate.
“I have to buy my new home,” he said.
“If I move out of my tent, the Israelis will take my children and grandchildren.
If I stay in my tent they will take away my daughter and grandchildren.”
When asked about the cost of the relocation, Hamd explained that the new house will be built in his father’s village of Beit Ummar.
The family currently lives in the same area of Hebrons house.
“If I stay here, they will demolish our house and move it into the city,” he explained.
“So I will be displaced from here.”
Hamad and his family have been living in the tent for over two years.
Despite the hardship that the Occupying Forces impose on the Palestinian population, there are signs of hope for the future.
On Monday, the Palestinian Authority’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced that it had received 1,200 applications for relocation from residents in Silwan and Beit Ommar, a city that borders the Israeli occupied West Bank.
While the numbers are small, the organization is optimistic that they will provide some relief for some of the displaced.
“The government is committed to making the best of the situation in the region and to providing humanitarian aid,” said Omar Barghouti, the director of the Palestinian Office for Coordination.
“The relocation process is a way for the PA to improve the living conditions of the residents and to facilitate the evacuation of those in need.”
Despite the hardships that the Israeli Occupation imposes on the Palestinians, there is hope for those who have been displaced.