A family's possesions on the ground in the Palestinian community of al-Khdeirat this morning. Photo: 'Amer 'Aruri, B'Tselem

The data we released regarding the demolition that took place on 31.8.2015 at the Al-Khdeirat Bedouin community contained numerous essential errors. Following is the correct data : The Civil Administration and the military demolished 15 structures, ten of them were residential, and five were used for livestock, not twenty five, as we originally said. Click to view full data.

On seven different occasions in June, during the fast of Ramadan, the military displaced dozens of Palestinian families in the Jordan Valley for hours on end, for military exercises, sometimes leaving pastures and crops trampled and scorched. Temporary displacements have become routine for many Jordan Valley communities, and they are not random. Knesset Subcommittee on the Judea and Samaria Area transcripts published in Israeli daily Haaretz reveal that one object of the training in the Jordan Valley is forcing out local Palestinians. ‘Aref Daraghmeh, a Jordan Valley resident and B’Tselem field researcher, documented how this reality impacts the displaced families.

The Daraghmeh family home in Khirbet Einun this morning, before and after demolition. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem

Today, 20 Aug. 2015, the Israeli authorities left 19 persons, including 10 minors, in conditions of extreme heat without any solution. This is the third time this week the authorities have demolished homes and income generating structures in area C. The wave of demolitions left dozens of people homeless in the extreme August heat. Since 5 Aug. 2015, the Civil Administration has demolished 34 residential buildings and 31 other structures in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley, in the vicinity of Ma’ale Adumim, and in the southern Hebron hills. A total of 167 people have lost their homes in these actions, including 101 minors.

Muhammad 'Alan. Photo: Curtesy of the family.

Yesterday, 19 Aug. 2015, the Supreme Court suspended ‘Alan’s administrative detention order due to his medical condition. If it is found that the neurological damage is irreversible, the order will be voided. ‘Alan, 30, has been in administrative detention for over nine months and on hunger strike for two to protest the detention which denies his freedom without due process. Administrative detention is detention without trial: ‘Alan has not been indicted; has received no explanation for his imprisonment; and cannot even attempt to prove his innocence. On Friday he lost consciousness. On Tue. he regained it but his life still hangs in the balance. B’Tselem urges Israeli authorities to release ‘Alan immediately.

Demolitions in the village of Fasayil today. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem

This morning the Civil Administration demolished 17 home and 7 structures for livestock in the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley, leaving 48 people, 31 of them minors homeless. Israel prevents Palestinians in the community from establishing permanent homes and connecting them to water and electricity infrastructures, thereby leaving them exposed to harsh weather conditions. Since 5 Aug. 2015, the Civil Administration has demolished 31 residential buildings and 26 other structures in Palestinian communities in area C. A total of 167 people have lost their homes in these actions, including 101 minors.

Demolitions in a-Sa'idi community this morning. Photo: 'Amer 'Aruri, B'Tselem

This morning, around 6am, civil Administration and army forces demolished the homes of four families numbering 32 people, of them 21 minorsat the a-Sa'idi community, near a-Za'ayem. The forces then moved to the abu-Falah community, in the Khan al-Ahmar area, and demolished a residential shack housing two people and a structure used to house guests. Later the authorities demolished 12 structures in the adjacent Bir al-Maksub and Wadi Shneisel communities, nine of them residential homes. Authorities leave the residents and herds with no shelter in harsh weather conditions.

More than two and a half years ago, soldiers killed sixteen-year-old Samir ‘Awad. A year and two months later, his father petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) together with B'Tselem, demanding the Military Advocate General (MAG) reach a decision whether to take action against the soldiers involved or close the case. The State Attorney’s Office continues the foot-dragging in this case, repeatedly ignoring interim court decisions.

Children from the Id'eis family whose home was demolished in al-'Ajaj. Photo by 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'tselem, 11 Aug. '15

This morning, 11 Aug. 2015, Civil Administration and military forces demolished a family home under construction and two livestock pens in the Palestinian community of Khirbet Humsah in the northern Jordan Valley. They continued to the community of al-‘Ajaj, where they demolished the homes of two families numbering 12 people, including 6 minors, and two livestock pens. They then demolished a fodder storage structure in the village of a-Zubeidat.

The village of Qusrah. Photo courtesy of Qusrah Village council.

On the night of 22 July 2015 soldiers entered 19 homes in the Palestinian village of Qusrah, the West Bank and took down the occupants’ details. B’Tselem does not know of any arrests or summons for interrogation made. In response to B’Tselem’s query about similar incidents, the IDF Spokesperson said they were an “operational activity to map houses”, “in accordance with official orders”, and meant to “minimize disturbance to routine life in the area”. B’Tselem then requested a copy of the orders and an explanation of the purpose of this unjustified disruption of people’s lives by the military.

Settlers in the fields of ‘Asira al-Qibliya. Photo: Omar Qusini, Reuters, 3 July 2011

Israel’s administrative detention of extreme right-wing activist Mordechai Mayer and planned administrative detention of two other such activists, reportedly authorized by the Attorney General, is unacceptable. Recent calls to amend the law on this matter and use draconian measures such as administrative detention and illegal interrogation methods convey the impression that Israel’s law enforcement system indeed wishes to prevent settlers from harming Palestinians. However, past experience shows that these steps are meant primarily to create a false show of firm action in order to decrease public criticism, in this case concerning the killing of Palestinian baby ‘Ali Dawabsheh by arson in the West Bank village of Duma.

"Vengeance" - Graffiti in Duma this morning. Photo: Yusef Diriyah, B'Tselem volunteer

The killing of a one and a half year old infant, 'Ali Sa'ed Dawabshe, and the serious injury of his mother Riham and toddler brother 'Ahmed, after a suspected arson attack by Israeli civilians burned their home, was only a matter of time. This, due to the authorities' policy to avoid enforcing the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians and their property. This policy creates impunity for hate crimes, and encourages assailants to continue, leading to this morning's horrific result.

On Wed. (29 July) the Knesset voted in favor of a bill permitting to force-feed hunger strikers in cases deemed medically life-threatening. Designed to break the spirit and body of prisoners and administrative detainees who are protesting non-violently, the law tramples the Patients’ Rights Act and human dignity. The Israeli Medical Association said it would petition the HCJ against the law and instruct doctors not to implement it. The bill passed is an awful moral blot. The very thought of its implementation is horrifying. Support for such as bill by the majority of the coalition is a grim, yet accurate, expression of the legislators’ willingness to trample human rights.

Photo: Sharon Azran, B'Tselem

The present struggle of Susiya’s residents is the latest chapter in a saga of decades of dispossession. These are the facts.

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.

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