Facing expulsion

18 May 2016

Civil Administration dismantles and confiscates trailers which were home to 49 people, northeast of Jerusalem

On Monday, 16 May 2016, a large force of Civil Administration and Border Police personnel arrived in the Badu al-Baba community, near al-‘Eizariyah, northeast of Jerusalem. The forces dismantled and confiscated ten trailers, which were home to 49 people, including 23 minors. The trailers were recently donated by a humanitarian aid agency to families who had until then lived in tin and wood shacks. The community has about 350 members, roughly half of them minors, and lives in the area designated by Israel as Area E1, where it plans to expand the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim to create a contiguous urban link to Jerusalem. The Civil Administration put this territory under the jurisdiction of the Ma’ale Adumim municipality. The Civil Administration previously demolished structures in the community on 21 January 2016.

Civil Administration personnel dismantling trailers in Badu al-Baba, covered by border police officers, May 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of the community.
7 Apr 2016

Three days of destruction: Civil Administration demolishes 10 structures in South Hebron Hills and Wadi al-Qalt

More demolitions this morning in the Jordan Valley and Ma’ale Adumim Area. Wave of demolitions, today, Apr. 7, in several West Bank communities including E1 and repeat demolitions in Khirbet Tana in the Jordan Valley. Earlier this week, the authorities demolished 6 dwellings in Um al-Kheir, South Hebron Hills, and 2 in Wadi al-Qalt. The recent action has left 43 people homeless, including 26 minors. It is part of a demolition campaign launched by Israel in early 2016, in which 128 dwellings and 138 other structures in vulnerable communities have already been destroyed, leaving 510 people, including 275 minors homeless.

Residents of Um al-Kheir in the South Hebron Hills, against the backdrop of a bulldozer destroying structures in the community. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B’Tselem, 6 April 2016.
24 Mar 2016

Israeli authorities demolish homes in Khirbet Tana for third time this year, leaving 85 people homeless, including 30 children

On Wednesday, 23 March 2016, Civil Administration and military forces came to Khirbet Tana to the east of Beit Furik and demolished 17 homes, 21 livestock pens, and five outhouses. The forces also blocked the entrances to five caves, demolished a water reservoir built with the assistance of a Palestinian association, and confiscated four cars belonging to residents on the grounds that they did not have a valid license. This is the third demolition operation in the village since the beginning of 2016. The previous demolitions were undertaken on 9 February 2016 and 2 March 2016. Six of the residential tents that were demolished were donated by an international humanitarian aid organization to families whose homes were demolished by the Civil Administration and the military on 2 March, while two of the outhouses demolished were donated by the European Union. The acts of destruction left 85 people homeless, including 30 minors.

Ruins of an outhouse donated by the EU. Photo: Abdulkarim Sadi, B'Tselem, 23 March 2016.
24 Mar 2016

Israeli authorities again demolish structures in two Masafer Yatta communities (Firing Zone 918)

On 22 March 2016, Civil Administration and military forces came to the communities of Khirbet Jenbah and a-Taban in Masafer Yatta, in the area the military has declared Firing Zone 918. In Khirbet Jenbah, the forces demolished a tent that was home to a family of six people, including four minors. The tent was donated to the family by an international humanitarian aid organization. The forces also demolished two livestock pens belonging to the family and confiscated a solar panel donated by an international humanitarian aid organization. The forces then continued to the community of Khirbet a-Taban, where they demolished another livestock pen. These structures were apparently not included in the orders prohibiting the demolition of additional structures in the communities. These orders were issued in February following petitions submitted by residents of the communities after demolitions undertaken by the authorities in the communities of Khirbet Jenbah and Khirbet al-Halawah on 2 Feb. 2016, when 22 dwellings in both communities were demolished. The latest demolitions in the two communities were carried out a day before the hearing held by the High Court of Justice (HCJ) on 23 March 2016 in a principled petition submitted by the residents of Masafer Yatta, after a mediation process between the residents and the state ended without agreements. The residents are opposing the authorities’ attempts to expel them from their land after declaring it a firing zone.

Civil Administration bulldozer demolishing a residential structure in Khirbet Jenbah in Masafer Yatta, 22 March 2016. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B'Tselem.
22 Mar 2016

Demolitions taking place right now in Khirbet Jenba

The Israeli Civil Administration is demolishing structures in Khirbet Jenba, in the Masafer Yatta area of the Southern Hebron Hills. More info as we receive it. The residents view this move as a message from the authorities in the run up to tomorrow's high court hearing in their general petition against the attempt to forcibly transfer them from their land through the declaration of the area as "Firing Zone 918"

Civil Administration forces remove solar panel in Khirbet Jenbah this morning. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B'Tselem.
8 Mar 2016

Demolition spree carries on across West Bank; 435 people, incl. 234 minors, have lost their homes since Jan. 2016

In the first week of March, authorities demolished 17 dwellings, 19 livestock pens, and a school in two Jordan Valley communities, rendering 64 people - incl. 28 minors - homeless. These actions are a direct continuation of the unusually massive demolition campaign authorities launched in Palestinian shepherding communities across the West Bank. Since Jan., authorities have dismantled and demolished 203 structures, including 105 dwellings, in communities threatened with expulsion; 435 people, including 234 minors, lost their homes. This consistently applied government policy constitutes the forced transfer of protected Palestinian residents in an occupied area.

Residents of Khirbet Tana near entrance to residential cave demolished by the authorities. Photo by Abdulkarim Sadi, B’Tselem, 2 Mar. 2016
29 Feb 2016

Israel’s Civil Administration demolishes four families’ homes in Jordan Valley

This morning, 29 February 2016, Civil Administration (CA) and military personnel arrived at the community of Khallet Khader in the region of al-Farisiyah in the northern Jordan Valley. They demolished five dwelling tents, which were home to 19 people, including five minors. They also demolished three livestock pens in use by Khallet Khader families. The tents had been given to the families by the Red Cross after the CA demolished 21 structures in the community on 11 February 2016. The community of Khallet Khader is located in the region of al-Farisiyah, which the military had termed a firing zone, and near the settlements of Shadmot-Mehola and Rotem. The community’s residents are farmers and they raise goats and sheep. Some families live on site only for certain seasons of the year.

Residents at Khallet Khader this morning. Photo by ‘Araf Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 29 Feb. 2016
25 Feb 2016

Demolition campaign continues: Civil Administration and military demolish additional structures in two communities

Additional demolitions since we reported the early 2016 demolition campaign: On Feb. 20, Israeli authorities confiscated two large caravans used for expanding the Abu a-Nuwar school, where some children study in other communities due to overcrowding. On Feb. 15, 32 structures, including 10 homes were demolished in Ein a-Rashash, leaving dozens homeless. These demolitions and confiscations are part of an unusually massive demolition campaign the Israeli authorities launched in Palestinian shepherding communities in the West Bank in Jan. 2016.

Children at the school yard where the Civil Administration earlier confiscated caravans. The settlement Ma'aleh Adumim appears in the background. Photo: Mus'ab Abbas, B'Tselem, 23.2.2016
16 Feb 2016

New wave of demolitions in West Bank: Another phase in policy of expelling Palestinians from vast portions of West Bank

As of Jan. 2016 Israeli authorities stepped up efforts to expel Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills, Ma’ale Adumim area and the Jordan Valley, demolishing 73 homes and 51 other structures, some donated by aid agencies. Israel recently announced plans to demolish many more structures in Kh. Susiya, expel Abu a-Nuwar’s residents, and reported its failed mediation with Masafer Yatta. All are part of a policy whereby Area C is to serve Israel rather than West Bank Palestinians. Restrictions Israel imposes in Area C force all West Bank Palestinians to live in crowded enclaves without land reserves for building, farming, infrastructure, health and education services or freedom of movement.

Toddler against background of ruins in Khirbet al-Halawah, Masafer Yatta. Photo by Hagai El-Ad, B’Tselem, 4 Feb. 2016
11 Feb 2016

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

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.

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

X About our live blog

Thousands of people – residents of dozens of Palestinian communities located throughout Area C, the West Bank – face imminent expulsion by Israeli authorities on a variety of pretexts. The live blog will pool the regular updates we get from B’Tselem field researchers regarding the communities and any attempts by authorities to expel them. Click on the number of a community cluster and then on the tent icon marked on the map for further information about communities facing the risk of expulsion.

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