Demolition

"A PALESTINIAN BEDOUIN VILLAGE BRACES FOR FORCIBLE TRANSFER AS ISRAEL SEEKS TO SPLIT THE WEST BANK IN HALF" - The Intercept.com

RAYYAH HAS LIVED in Khan al-Ahmar all of her 47 years. She raised nine children there, and 24 grandchildren; one more is on the way. Her family and neighbors, members of a Bedouin community known as the Jahalin, found refuge on this scorched patch of rocks and dust in the 1950s, after they were expelled from the land they had inhabited for generations, in the Negev desert, following the establishment of the Israeli state. The land Khan al-Ahmar stands on was under Jordanian control when the Jahalin arrived. Today, this smatter of tin roofs and tarps sits on the side of a highway in the occupied West Bank, surrounded by a fast-growing ring of Israeli settlements, which — while illegal — have become de facto suburbs of Jerusalem.

The village, which is home to less than 200 people and where the only building with walls is a school made of mud and old tires, has become the latest front line in a conflict over land that for decades has determined the fates of Palestinians like the Jahalin. Israel wants the village razed, its residents evicted, and their land annexed to its ever-expanding settlements. Khan al-Ahmar residents say they are not going anywhere and have been able to rally remarkable international support around their cause, delaying demolition through a yearslong legal battle that remains nonetheless stacked against them.

While Khan al-Ahmar’s plight is hardly unique, what is exceptional about the embattled community — which is surrounded by the illegal settlements of Kfar Adumim, Ma’ale Adumim, Alon, and Nofei Prat — is its position as one of the last-standing obstacles in the way of a decadesold plan to establish a contiguous Jewish presence between the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The interiors of homes in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018.

The interiors of homes in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018.

The interiors of homes in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

The interiors of homes in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

The interiors of homes in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

The interiors of homes in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

On August 1, Israel’s Supreme Court confirmed an earlier ruling authorizing the village’s razing but temporarily delayed demolition, giving the Israeli government five days to come up with more suitable relocation plans than those it had previously offered — near a dump, and without any land the Bedouins could use to graze their animals.

A day after the deadline, on August 7, the government proposed moving Khan al-Ahmar residents to temporary tents before relocating them again to a new site south of Jericho along with other Bedouin communities facing demolition — but only on the condition that they would leave Khan al-Ahmar voluntarily. Israel forcibly removed other Jahalin Bedouin communities in the late 1990s, and while violent evictions of individual Palestinian families have continued since then, Israeli officials have tried to steer clear of large forcible transfers — an ugly spectacle, as well as a war crime.

In a statement, Tawfiq Jabareen, an attorney representing Khan al-Ahmar, rejected the proposal, which he said proved that “the plan of the state of Israel is to evacuate all Palestinian Bedouin and move them near Area A,” closer to areas under the Palestinian Authority, “in order to expand the Jewish settlements in places that will be emptied of Palestinians.” Khan al-Ahmar residents have made clear that they have no plans to leave their homes, making forcible eviction a likely outcome.

“The Bedouins are used to being in the sun, they have lived their whole life in the sun. If Israel demolishes their homes, they’ll stay here anyway,” Eid Abu Khamis, Khan al-Ahmar’s leader, told The Intercept. “If they put up a boundary — a meter away from it, this is where all the women and all the children of the community will stay.”

“If the children die from the heat, I didn’t demolish their homes, they did.”

The outside of a Palestinian Bedouin house in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

The outside of a Palestinian Bedouin house in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

A Strategic Wedge

Israeli authorities routinely demolish homes built without permits — which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain — and often use demolitions as collective punishmentagainst the families of Palestinians who attempt attacks against Israelis. In July, Israel demolished a daycare and a women’s community center in Jabal al Baba, another Bedouin community outside Jerusalem, as well as several homes in the village of Abu Nawwar, near the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, leaving 64 people, mostly children, homeless.

Map: Soohee Cho

Map: Soohee Cho

But Khan al-Ahmar sits in a uniquely strategic position close to what Israel refers to as “E1” — an area it intends to expand to create spatial continuity between the West Bank settlements and Jerusalem. So far, those plans have mostly stalled following international pressure, but advocates fear Khan-al Ahmar’s demolition will be the first step toward implementing that plan, which would further fragment Palestinian areas, isolating Palestinian-majority East Jerusalem and splitting the occupied West Bank in half.

In the 1970s, when Israel expropriated the area surrounding Khan al-Ahmar, Uri Ariel, a founder of the Kfar Adumim settlement and today the country’s minister of agriculture and rural development, made no secret the move was part of a plan to establish “a Jewish corridor from the sea, through Jerusalem, to the Jordan river, which will put a wedge in the territorial continuity of Arab inhabitation between Judea and Samaria” — the names used by Israel to refer to the occupied West Bank.

“This is a particularly strategic wedge because it’s in the narrowest part of the West Bank, and because it will complete the process of isolating East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank,” said Amit Gilutz, a spokesperson for the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, pointing to Khan al-Ahmar on a map dissected by an intricate pattern of current and planned separation barriers and settlements, and Palestinian areas under various forms of Israeli control.

“It’s fragmenting the society itself,” he added, noting that Israel can easily control isolated Palestinian enclaves by blocking access to their entrance and cutting them off entirely. “From a control perspective, that is very efficient, because if you want to disconnect their access, all you need is a military jeep. You put the thing on the road and that’s it.”

Israeli workers place container houses near the town of Al-Eizariyah in the occupied West Bank on July 9, 2018, to absorb residents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, who are set to be evicted.

Israeli workers place container houses near the town of Al-Eizariyah in the occupied West Bank on July 9, 2018, to absorb residents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, who are set to be evicted. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli workers place container houses near the town of Al-Eizariyah in the occupied West Bank on July 9, 2018, to absorb residents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, who are set to be evicted. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

The plan to force the Bedouins out so the settlements can expand is hardly a secret: In May, days after a court largely made up of settlers upheld demolition orders against Khan al-Ahmar, the Israeli government approved the construction of a new neighborhood in Kfar Adumim, “reaching 500 meters from my home,” Abu Khamis told The Intercept.

Israel argues that Khan al-Ahmar’s school and homes are illegal because they were built without permits or an approved zoning plan — hiding behind a façade of legality the reality that Palestinians have virtually no access to either, and that what is illegal is the Israeli occupation of their land. Since it occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967, Israel has declared 347,000 acres of occupied territory — nearly a quarter of the West Bank — as state land. But 99.7 percent of the state land Israel has allocated for public use so far — some 167,000 acres — has gone toward the development of illegal Israeli settlements, the watchdog group Peace Now recently learned through a public records request. A meager 0.24 percent of that land was allocated to Palestinians.

After the Oslo Agreements, in the 1990s, the West Bank was divided into Areas A and B, which are under the limited control of the Palestinian Authority, and Area C, under exclusive Israeli military control. While the arrangement was supposed to be temporary, Israel has effectively treated Area C as its expansion grounds — and some 400,000 Israelis live in illegal settlements there, protected by the military. With Palestinian chances of obtaining building permits in Area C “slim to none,” according to analysis by B’Tselem, most have given up on the process altogether.

There are more than 150 Palestinian communities in Area C without zoning plans and therefore at constant risk of expulsion, including 12 — some 1,400 people — around Khan al-Ahmar, according to B’Tselem. But while Bedouins living in the area around Jerusalem are particularly vulnerable, similar efforts to cut off Palestinian areas of the West Bank are also underway in the Jordan Valley and the South Hebron Hills. “What Israel wants and has been striving toward very consistently is maximum land under its control, minimum Palestinians on it,” said Gilutz. “For the most part, Israel has been creating this coercive environment, trying to force people off of their land as if by their wish, while avoiding the textbook example of a forcible transfer, which is clearly a war crime.”

Palestinian Bedouin men sit together in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

Palestinian Bedouin men sit together in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

“They Want to Scare Us”

Israeli efforts to make life in Khan al-Ahmar so difficult that its residents leave of their own volition started when the nearby settlement of Kfar Adumim was built in the early 1980s. The settlers took over areas the Bedouins had used to graze their animals. If sheep or donkeys wandered into the settlement, settlers would take them and sell them back to the Bedouins, Rayya said last month, surrounded by some of her daughters and grandchildren. “If we went too close, they started shooting.”

Rayyah spoke to The Intercept from her home — three shacks of tin, tarps, and scrap wood she shares with her large family. Like many Palestinians in Area C, Khan al-Ahmar residents are not allowed to put up new structures or bring in construction material, so when Rayyah’s sons got married or new children were born, everyone squeezed into the structures they had already built, even though they, too, are subject to demolition. “If I put something up, they’ll come and destroy it,” she said, adding that a drone flies over the village every day, photographing anything new that residents may have built.

Recently, Israeli officials came into the village and confiscated solar panels that an aid organization had donated. Then last month, they came in with bulldozers and leveled the areas between tents and huts into a dusty road that residents speculate will be used by the army when it comes to drag them away. Tensions flared that day, and several residents, including an 18-year-old girl, were arrested. Since then, the Israeli military has kept a close eye on the village. “We can’t sleep. Maybe they’re not doing anything, but their presence there, it’s creating tension,” said Rayyah. “They come because they want to make us leave, they want to scare us.

Palestinian Bedouin children at the school in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018.Photos: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

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Palestinian Bedouin children at the school in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photos: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

Palestinian Bedouin children at the school in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photos: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

Rayyah was particularly worried about the school, which a group of Italian volunteers built in 2009 with the help of kids from the village, who painted their classrooms with hand prints and drawings of books and flowers. Before the school was built, children from Khan al-Ahmar would leave at 6 a.m. and walk on the highway waiting for rides, or trek to schools in Jericho. “It was very difficult for them,” said Rayyah. “They’d have to wait in the sun for a long time.”

Israeli authorities have destroyed or confiscated at least 12 Palestinian school buildings since 2016, and 44 Palestinian schools, including Khan al-Ahmar’s, are currently at risk of demolition, Human Rights Watch found. Over a third of Palestinians living in Area C don’t have access to primary schools and are not allowed by Israeli authorities to build any — leaving 10,000 children to attend schools in tents or other temporary structures with no heat or air conditioning.

But the mud walls of the school in Khan al-Ahmar — a sign of permanence — bothered neighboring settlers, and shortly after it was built, representatives of Kfar Adumim and the pro-settlement group Regavim petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to enforce earlier demolition orders against the village. As the Supreme Court first upheld and then froze authorization to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, life in the small community carried on between hope and fear, while delegations of activists and Palestinian and foreign officials made trips to visit.

Eid Abu Khamis, center, speaks during a press conference in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

Eid Abu Khamis, center, speaks during a press conference in Khan al-Ahmar on July 26, 2018. Photo: Samar Hazboun for The Intercept

In July, addressing several foreign diplomats under a large tent in Khan al-Ahmar, Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, called Israel’s plans to demolish the village and evict its residents “ethnic cleansing.” “You begin with evicting and demolishing the community of Khan al-Ahmar, and one day you may destroy Dura, Jericho, parts of Ramallah,” he added, referring to some of the West Bank’s most populous cities.

Bedouins live largely removed from the rest of Palestinian society, and it took some time for Palestinian leaders to take on Khan-al Ahmar’s cause. “Lately they have woken up,” said Abu Khamis, adding that Israel’s plan to dissect the West Bank would effectively put a nail in the coffin of Palestinian plans to build a state there. “They understand that if this corridor is built, then their government is over.”

To Rayyah, talk of a Palestinian state in the West Bank seems far removed from the reality at hand — the only home she has ever known slated for demolition, and her 24 grandchildren facing displacement.

“We have faith. Without faith we can’t go on,” she said. “We’re going to pray. And we’ll stay.”

See the article intercept.com, HERE!

Don't Say We Did Not Know #451

On Sunday, 17th May, 2015, residents of the Palestinian village Al-Shuyyukh, north east of Hebron, discovered that settlers had uprooted 750 olive saplings that those Palestinians had planted on their land.  This is the third time this year that settlers have invaded village land and uprooted olive saplings.

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On Thursday, 21st May, 2015, government representatives escorted by the police came to the Bedouin village El Zarnug, east of Moshav Nevatim, to demolish a roundabout. In Wadi Gharuan, near Road 31, these government representatives demolished a home. In Umm Matnan, near Ar’ara, they demolished a sheepfold. That same day they went on to demolish El-Araqib yet again.

Questions & queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il

 אל תגידו לא ידענו

   ביום ראשון 17.5.2015 גילו תושבים מהכפר הפלסטיני אל-שויוח, הנמצא מזרחית צפונית לחברון, שמתנחלים עקרו 750 עצי זית צעירים ששתלו הפלסטיניים באדמתם. זאת הפעם השלישית השנה שמתנחלים פולשים לאדמות הכפר ועוקרים עצי זית צעירים.

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   ביום חמישי 21.5.2015, הגיעו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בשוטרים לכפר הבדואי אל-זרנוג, מזרחית למושב נבטים בנגב והרסו כיכר. בוואדי ע'רואן, ליד כביש 31, הרסו, נציגי הממשלה, בית. באום מתנאן, ליד צומת ערערה, הם הרסו דיר כבשים. באותו יום הם המשיכו והרסו שוב את הכפר אל עראקיב.

 שאלות וברורים: amosg@shefayim.org.il

 

 

Don't Say We Did Not Know #450

Don’t say we didn’t know #450

On Tuesday, 12th May, 2015, government representatives escorted by police came to the Negev Bedouin village Wadi El Na’am (near Ramat Hovav) and demolished a mosque.

In the Bedouin village El Ghara (west of Nevatim Air Force base) they demolished a home.  Eight people were left without a roof over their heads.

Questions & queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il

                                         אל תגידו לא ידענו

   ביום שלישי, 12.5.2015, הגיעו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בכוח משטרתי לכפר הבדואי בנגב, וואדי אל נעם (ליד רמת חובב) והרסו מסגד. בכפר הבדואי אל-ע'רה (מערבית לשדה התעופה נבטים), הם הרסו בית. שמונה נפשות נותרו ללא קורת גג. 

שאלות וברורים: amosg@shefayim.org.il

Don't Say We Did Not Know #446

Don't Say We Didn't Know 446

On Sunday, March 1st, 2015, in the city of Hebron, Israeli police arrested two volunteers of an international peacemakers organization for five hours, as they were escorting Palestinian children on their way home from kindergarten.

Again, on Thursday, March 5th, 2015, Border Policemen arrested four such volunteers as they stood next to Checkpoint 29 in Hebron to ensure the safety of Palestinian elementary school children crossing the checkpoint on their way home.

On Monday, March 9th, 2015, yet again, Border Policemen detained three volunteers at the same Checkpoint 29 in Hebron, under the same circumstances.

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This week once again government agents, escorted by police, destroyed cereal fields of Bedouins in the Negev. On Tuesday and Wednesday they destroyed the cereal fields of Al Sera, north of the Israeli air force base Nevatim and at Tel Al Malah, closeby. On Thursday they destroyed cereal fields in Wadi Al Na'am, near the waste site of Ramat Hovav.

For further information: amosg@shefayim.org.il

                                אל תגידו לא ידענו

   ביום ראשון 1.3.2015 עצרה המשטרה בחברון שני מתנדבים, הפועלים בארגון בינלאומי ל-5 שעות, בשעה  שליוו ילדים פלסטינים בדרכם לבתיהם אחרי יום לימודים בגן.

   ביום חמישי 5.3.2015  חזרו ועיכבו, לזמן קצר, שוטרי מג"ב ארבעה מתנדבים שעמדו ליד מחסום 29 בחברון, כדי לוודא שילדי בית ספר יסודי פלסטיני יעברו בשלום את המחסום בדרכם לבתיהם.

   ביום שני 9.3.15 שוב עיכבו שוטרי מג"ב שלושה מתנדבים במחסום 29  בחברון, באותן נסיבות.

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   השבוע שוב באו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בכוח משטרתי והשמידו שדות תבואות של בדואים בנגב. ביום שלישי ורביעי הם השמידו תבואות באל סירה, צפונית לבסיס חיל האוויר נבטים, ובתל אל מלח, סמוך לאל סירה. ביום חמישי הם השמידו תבואות בוואדי אל נעם, ליד רמת חובב. 

שאלות וברורים: amosg@shefayim.org.il

Don't Say We Did Not Know #445

Don’t say we didn’t know #445

On Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015, government representatives, escorted by the Police force, came to the Bedouin village Rakhme in the Negev (near Yeruham).  They destroyed some 2000 dunums (dunum = 1000 sq.m.) of cereal crops.  On Wednesday, 4th March, 2015, they came to El-Bagar (near Sde Boker) and ’Abde (near Ovdat) and destroyed about 500 dunums of crops.  The same day they destroyed four homes in the Bedouin village Sa’wa (east of Hura).

Questions & queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il

                                    אל תגידו לא ידענו

   ביום שלישי 3.3.2015 באו נציגי הממשלה, מלווים בכוח משטרה, לכפר הבדואי רחמה שבנגב (ליד ירוחם) והשמידו כאלפיים דונמים של תבואות. ביום רביעי 4.3.2015 הם באו לכפרים הבדואים אל-בגר (ליד שדה בוקר) ועבדה (ליד עובדת), והשמידו כ-500 דונם גידולי תבואות. ביום רביעי 4.3.2015 הם הרסו ארבעה בתים בכפר הבדואי סעוה (מזרחית לחורה).

שאלות וברורים: amosg@shefayim.org.il

Don't Say We Didn't Know #444

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

Amos Gvirtz will be on a bi-national tour in the US and Canada during the month of April. Please email contact@rebuildingalliance.org to learn about opportunities to see Amos speak in your community. 

Don’t say we didn’t know #444

On Thursday, 26th February, 2015, residents of the Palestinian village ‘Izbet Tabib (east of Qalqilia) together with some of their Israeli supporters demonstrated near the access road to their village, near Highway No. 55. They did not block the road. Suddenly soldiers arrived and without any warning started shooting tear gas grenades at the demonstrators.

On Sunday, 22nd February, 2015, government representatives escorted by police arrived at the Bedouin village Sa’wa, east of Hura, and demolished four homes.

On Thursday, 26th February, 2015, they arrived in the Bedouin village Tel ’Arad and demolished two structures.

Questions & queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il 

                                                  אל תגידו לא ידענו

   ביום חמישי, 26.2.2015,  הפגינו תושבי הכפר הפלסטיני איזבאת טביב (השוכן מזרחית לקלקיליה), יחד עם תומכים ישראלים, ליד כביש הגישה לכפרם (היוצא מכביש 55). המפגנים לא חסמו את הכביש. לפתע הופיעו חיילים והחלו לירות, ללא אזהרה, רימוני גז לעבר המפגינים.

   ביום ראשון 22.2.2015 הגיעו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בשוטרים, לכפר הבדואי בנגב סעוה, מזרחית לחורה, והרסו ארבעה מבני מגורים.

   ביום חמישי 26.2.2015 הם הגיעו לכפר הבדואי, תל ערד והרסו שני מבנים. 

Urgent Action Needed

Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Home Demolitions in Umm Al-Khayr

Your call to congress can make a difference.

On February 19, 2015, Rebuilding Alliance wrote to our network to urge immediate action to contact congress and prevent the dmeolition of two homes and soccer field in our January Say Human Conference Call feature, the village of Umm al-Khayr. Please see the letter below, and take action as soon as possilbe.


Hi Friend,

Please help save two homes and a soccer field in the West Bank Palestinian Village of Um Al Kheir — I am confident you'll get through.  Every Senator and Representative promises to help their constituents when you have an urgent problem that involves a Federal Agency.  You are their constituent, this is urgent, and you need their help to reach the State Department. 

Please use this Step-by-Step Guide to call their office in Washington and ask to speak to their Senior Staffer for Foreign Policy.  

Get that staffer's email - or any email for their office - and email the letter below.  Questions?  Please call me at 650 325-4663.  If the download didn't work, try this link, or email back and we'll send you a pdf file.  Let me know what happens when you call -- I'll keep you posted too.

Thank you,

Donna Baranski-Walker
Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance

P.S.  It is more important to make the call than to get it perfect.  Try calling.  Ask them to intervene on your behalf.

 Template Letter to Your 2 Senators and Representative 

February 19, 2015

Name of Senator or Representative
Washington DC
 
Honorable Senator _________ or Honorable Representative ________,
 
I am writing as your constituent to ask your URGENT assistance in contacting a federal agency, specifically the U.S. State Department.   I NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP TWO HOMES AND A SOCCER FIELD SAFE in the Palestinian Village of Umm Al Khair, a West Bank Palestinian Bedouin village visited by US Consulate staff this past December.   Americans are invested in this village, providing scholarships and helping rebuild.
 
The houses, built on land owned by the villagers with clear and uncontested title, provide shelter for 15 Palestinians including 11 children. This request is URGENT because the community fears that demolitions can take place as early as Sunday, before an objection can be filed.
Please ask the State Department to call the Israeli government to request their full and immediate assurance that demolition orders are frozen to allow the Village of Umm Al Khair time to petition the Israeli High court.   
 
Please also call the Israeli Embassy to get their assurance directly.  Express your concern regarding the lack of Palestinian representation on the Objections Committee of the IDF, the group that rejected their plea not to demolish the homes and soccer field. 
 
Please publically state the U.S. position opposing the expansion of Israeli settlements, and specifically state your opposition to the expansion of the nearby settlement of Karmel, illegal under international law.
  
Please press both groups to provide Israel’s acknowledgement of the right of this village and all Palestinian villages to plan, build on, herd on, and cultivate the land they own. 
Your intervention is urgently requested because there is a pattern of demolitions occurring in this village.  Starting on October 31st, 2008, the Israeli Army demolished family homes near the settlement of Karmel.   Demolitions continued in 2010, 2011, and 2013, and most recently three demolitions on October 27th and 28, 2014, followed by the confiscation on November 1st of tents provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross and a Palestinian Ministry.  Tents were the only shelters for families made homeless in a very cold winter – and today another snow storm is on its way.

Please note that Americans have been established a scholarship fund for the village children and have been helping to rebuild.  Many NGO’s including the Israeli Palestinian Organization, Villages Group, and the Israeli NGO, Comet ME have been working with Um Al Kheir for many years.   There is a talented artist in the village whose work could provide jobs and USAID investment could expand agriculture and provide infrastructure.  Please make your calls today on my behalf to keep the village standing.   I look forward to your reply.
 
Sincerely,
 
Your name
Your affiliation (if any)
Your home address including street, city, state and zip code (so they can see you are a constituent)


Don't Say We Didn't Know #442

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

Don't Say We Didn't Know 442

One of the ways to rob Palestinians' lands is to apply Draconian interpretation to Ottoman land laws. The Ottoman law stipulates that land that has not been tended for several years becomes 'state land'.

Palestinians of the village of Al Shuyukh, north-east of Hebron, planted 300 fruit trees on their land. The Civil Administration required them to leave the grounds, claiming that the land had been declared 'state land' in the past.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, government agents escorted by police arrived at the Negev Bedouin village of Um Battin, near Tel Sheva, and demolished a structure. The next day they came to the village of Tel Al Malah near the Nevatim army base, and demolished a house.

For further information: amosg@shefayim.org.il

 אל תגידו לא ידענו

   אחת הדרכים לגזול קרקעות מידי פלסטינים היא פרשנות דרקונית לחוקי הקרקע העותומאניים. החוק העותומאני אומר שאדמה שלא עובדה במשך כמה שנים, עוברת לרשות המדינה.

   פלסטינים מהכפר אל שויוח, צפונית מזרחית לחברון, שתלו 300 עצי פרי על אדמתם. המנהל האזרחי באמצעות צוו דרש מהפלסטינים לעזוב את השטח, בטענה שהקרקע הוכרזה בעבר כאדמת מדינה.

   ביום רביעי 11.2.2015 הגיעו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בכוח משטרתי לכפר הבדואי בנגב אום בטין, ליד תל-שבע, והרסו מבנה. למחרת הם הגיעו לכפר תל אל מלח, ליד בסיס נבטים, והרסו בית. 

שאלות וברורים: amosg@shefayim.org.il

 

Don't Say We Did Not Know #439

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

On Tuesday, 20th January, 2015, IDF soldiers arrived at Rifa'iyya, a Palestinian village between Dirat and Zif in the South Hebron Hills and demolished three homes and a sheepfold. 28 people were left without a roof over their heads.

Questions and queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il 

 אל תגידו לא ידענו

 ביום שלישי 20.1.2015 הגיעו חיילי צה"ל לכפר הפלסטיני רפעייה, השוכן בין דיראת לזיף בדרום הר חברון, והרסו שלושה בתים ודיר צאן. 28 נפשות נותרו ללא קורת גג.

שאלות וברורים: amosg@shefayim.org.il

Don't Say We Did Not Know #438

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

On Saturday, January 10,2015, Palestinian youngsters came out of their village Bourin, just south of the city of Nablus, to the hilltop close to their home, to play in the snow. On their way they ran into Jewish settlers of the settlement outpost "Sne Yaacov", next to the settlement of Beracha. The settlers assaulted the youngsters. Soldiers arrived at the scene and instead of arresting the assailants, attacked the Palestinians. Two boys were hurt in their legs by the soldiers' gunfire and were taken to hospital in Nablus.

On Saturday, January 14, 2015, government agents escorted by police carried out further demolitions in Bedouin localities in the Negev desert. They destroyed a structure in Rahat and a house in Hura. And they demolished Al Arakib yet again.

Questions and queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il


אל תגידו לא ידענו

   בשבת 10.1.2015 יצאו צעירים פלסטינים מהכפר בורין, דרומית לשכם, להר הקרוב לכפרם כדי לשחק בשלג. בדרכם נפגשו עם מתנחלים מהמאחז 'סנה יעקב' של ההתנחלות ברכה. המתנחלים תקפו את הצעירים. חיילים שהגיעו למקום במקום לעצור את התוקפים, תקפו את הפלסטינים. שני נערים נפגעו מירי החיילים ברגליהם ונלקחו לבית חולים בשכם. 

   ביום רביעי 14.1.2015 הגיעו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בכוח משטרתי לישובים בדואים בנגב והרסו בתים. הם הרסו מבנה ברהט ובית בחורה. הם הוסיפו והרסו שוב את אל עראקיב.

 

 

Don't Say We Did Not Know #436

Reposted from Amoz Gvirtz

The Israeli army  persists in its attempts to expel Palestinians from the Palestinian Jordan Valley.

On Thursday, January 1st, 2015, soldiers came to Umm Jamal, near the settlement of Maskiot, and demolished thirty structures: ten homes and twenty sheep pens and storerooms. Eighty persons remained homeless. The Red Cross brought six tents as well as mattresses.

The same locality was demolished by the Israeli army one year ago.

On Sunday, December 28th, 2014, government agents escorted by police arrived at the Bedouin locality in the Negev – Awajan near the town of Lakiya, plowed and destroyed wheat fields.

On Tuesday, December 30, 2014, they demolished a structure at Tell Sheva.

In Umm Batin, north of the Jewish suburb of Omer, government agents uprooted dozens of olive trees.

In Kseife, they demolished a structure.

At Ar'ara they destroyed the floor of a home. 

For further information: amosg@shefayim.org.il

Don't Say We Did Not Know #435

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

On Monday, December 22, 2014, with the approval and coordination of the Israeli army, Palestinian farmers of the villages of Tukuah and Genta entered farmland that have been out of bounds for everyone. The security official of Nokdim settlement entered the area and assaulted the Palestinian farmers. Soldiers present did not prevent him from doing so. Later, the official tried to run over two village council chairmen with his vehicle.

Unlike the DCO officers on the ground, at DCO Headquarters anger was expressed at the conduct of the security official and the assaulted Palestinians were encouraged to lodge a complaint.

On Monday, December 22, 2014, government agents escorted by police arrived at the Bedouin village of Sa'wah, near Hura, and instructed seven residents to demolish their homes or else they would be demolished by the authorities. On the next day, all seven did as instructed.

On Thursday, December 25, 2014, government agents escorted by police arrived at the Bedouin village a-Za'arura, east of Road no. 80, and demolished three homes. 39 persons have remained homeless.

For further information: amosg@shefayim.org.il

Don't Say We Did Not Know #434

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

According to the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality’s home demolition statistics, there were 859 Negev Bedouin homes demolished between July 2013 and June 1014!

78% were demolished by the owners under threat by the inspectors that if they didn’t demolish their homes themselves, the  State would demolish them, and the owners would have to pay the State’s demolition costs.

On Wednesday, government representatives escorted by police came to demolish homes in Bedouin localities in the Negev. In Tel Arad, north of Kseife, a large addition to a mosque was destroyed.  In A-Zarnug, north of the Beer Sheva – Dimona highway, they demolished two structures.  In Al-Ghara, west of Nevatim air force base, they demolished a structure, and in Laqiya, they demolished a structure.

Questions and queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il