Over the last two days, Civil Administration and military personnel arrived at al-Hadidiya, razed the access road into the village and destroyed dwellings, livestock pens and storage facilities. Three families with a total of 19 members, including six minors, were left homeless. The Civil Administration destroyed these families’ homes before, in 2011, and they have been rebuilt since. Using the excuse of enforcing building laws, Israel is pursuing a policy designed to reduce the number of Palestinians living in Area C, by making their lives there intolerable. This government policy, which has been systematically implemented for years, constitutes the forcible transfer of protected persons inside the occupied territory – whether directly by demolishing their homes or indirectly by creating unlivable conditions.
B'Tselem has championed human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over two decades, promoting a future where all Israelis and Palestinians will live in freedom and dignity.