In a three-day demolition campaign in the Jordan Valley, the authorities left 59 people, including 28 minors, homeless

Published: 
11 Feb 2016

Over three days during the past week, the authorities demolished 22 dwellings in the Jordan Valley, along with 41 other structures used for storage and livestock, leaving 59 people, including 28 minors without a roof over their heads.

Wreckage of a structure donated by the European Union in Fasayil. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 10 February 2016.
Wreckage of a structure donated by the European Union in Fasayil. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 10 February 2016. 

Yesterday, Thursday, 11 February 2016, Civil Administration and military forces destroyed 11 dwellings and 16 agricultural structures and livestock enclosures. The eleven dwellings and ten of the agricultural structures demolished were located in the Khallet Khader community, near the village of al-Farisiyah. Many of the community members reside at that location on a seasonal basis, and at the time of the demolition, seven members of the community were present, including one minor. The Civil Administration and the military then proceeded to destroy two vegetable and grain storage rooms in the village of Bardalah and three sheep pens and a milking station in the village of Ein al-Beida..

 Civil Administration bulldozer destroying a structure in the village of Ein al-Beida. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 11 February 2016.
 Civil Administration bulldozer destroying a structure in the village of Ein al-Beida. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 11 February 2016.

On Wednesday, 10 February 2016, the Civil Administration and the military destroyed nine dwellings in the Jordan Valley, leaving 49 people, including 28 minors, without a roof over their heads, in addition to 14 agricultural structures, livestock pens and enclosures and a 2km water line.

In Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah, located some five km south-west of the village of al-Jiftlik, the Civil Administration and the military destroyed three tents used as dwellings by 21 people, including ten minors, as well as ten livestock pens and enclosures. The military also razed the community’s access road, to prevent humanitarian aid from reaching its members. This is a small shepherding community whose members relocate to other parts of the Jordan Valley over the spring and summer. In October 2015, four families returned. On 12 January 2016, Civil Administration officials arrived at the site and took photos of the tents and structures in preparation for demolishing them. In 2014 and 2015, the Civil Administration demolished all structures in the community on four different occasions.

Contents of a family home after a demolition in Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 10 February 2016.
Contents of a family home after a demolition in Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 10 February 2016.

Stranded UN vehicle on razed access road to Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 10 February 2016.
Stranded UN vehicle on razed access road to Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 10 February 2016.

The forces later arrived at the al-Mukasar community, which is located in-between the Beka’ot military base, the settlement of Ro’i and the Hamra checkpoint. The forces destroyed a tent which serves as a dwelling for a family of ten, including five minors, and a livestock pen. This is the third time since June 2015 that the military has demolished structures belonging to the family. Yesterday’s demolition came less than a week after the last demolition of the family’s tent on 4 February 2016. During these last two demolitions, the authorities demolished and confiscated tents given to the family by humanitarian aid organizations. The forces subsequently arrived at the village of Fasayil, which is partly located in Area A and partly in Area C. They destroyed a tent used as a dwelling by five people, including three minors. This is also a repeat demolition, after the Civil Administration and the military destroyed the family’s home and livestock pens and enclosures in August 2015.

In the communities of al-Misfah and Abu al-‘Ajaj, located on the outskirts of al-Jiflik, the forces destroyed four dwellings and two additional structures, leaving 13 people, including ten minors, without a roof over their heads. Some of the families living at the site remain there on a seasonal basis only, and were away while their homes were destroyed. The authorities also destroyed a 2km water line which was meant to supply water to about fifty families in the area and was laid with the help of a humanitarian aid organization.

On Tuesday, 9 February, 2016, Civil Administration and military forces destroyed two homes in the community of Khirbet Tana, east of Beit Furik. The homes were occupied by 13 people, including four minors. The forces also destroyed eleven livestock pens and enclosures.

Wreckage in Khirbet Tana. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 9 February 2016
Wreckage in Khirbet Tana. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 9 February 2016