Facing expulsion

29 Sep 2016

Israeli demolitions in West Bank leave 56 Palestinians homeless

On 27 Sept. 2016, Israel demolished 22 structures, half of them homes, in five West Bank communities: in the northern Jordan Valley, near Ma’ale Adumim, the South Hebron Hills, and East Jerusalem. This left 56 Palestinians, including 30 minors, homeless. The authorities also demolished water cisterns, livestock pens, and part of a school. This is part of a massive demolition campaign to pressure Palestinians to leave Area C that has, since the beginning of 2016, left 1,010 people homeless, including 530 minors.

Zahrah Mahmoud Ayub,68, from Khirbet al-Himma, next to fresh ruins in the community. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 27 Sept. 2016
15 Mar 2017

Civil Administration confiscates trailer home and market stall

Yesterday, Tuesday 14 March 2017, Civil Administration personnel came to the region of the Furush Beit Dajan community. The settlement of Hamra had been established near the community in the 1970s. The Civil Administration confiscated a trailer which served as home to a nine-person family, including two minors. In addition, they demolished a covered shelter owned by two of the community’s families which was being used as a fresh produce market stall, and also ruined the fruits and vegetables on sale there.

Still from video.
20 Feb 2017

CA demolishes elderly woman’s donated trailer home near Khan al-Ahmar, water pipe in Jordan Valley

This morning, 20 Feb. 2017, the Civil Administration demolished the home of an elderly woman – a trailer donated by a humanitarian aid organization – in the Palestinian community of al-Mehtiwish, which lies near Khan al-Ahmar on land Israel earmarked for expanding the Maale Adumim settlement. The CA also demolished a water pipe in the Jordan Valley which residents of Khirbet al-Hadidiyah and Khirbet Humsah had laid with the help of humanitarian organization, as Israel refuses to hook up these communities to the water grid. The pipe had been restored by residents after being demolished by the CA on 10 Jan. 2017.

Local resident near the ruins of the trailer home the Civil Administration demolished. Photo by Hussam ‘Abed, B’Tselem, 20 Feb. 2017
20 Feb 2017

Israeli CA serves stop-work orders for all Khan al-Ahmar bldgs., incl. school

On 19 February 2017, large numbers of Civil Administration personnel and police arrived at the Khan al-Ahmar community, which is located near the settlement of Maale Adumim. They served 39 stop-work orders (a preamble step preceding demolition orders) , which apply to all of the community’s buildings, including its school. The school was built in 2009 and also serves children from other nearby communities. Khan al-Ahmar is situated in an area Israel earmarked for the future expansion of Maale Adumim. In 2016, Israeli authorities demolished 12 dwellings in the community, rendering 60 people homeless, including 35 minors.

Civil Administration worker posting a stop-work order on a Khan al-Ahmar structure. Still from footage by B’Tselem field researcher Hussam ‘Abed, 19 Feb. 2017
7 Feb 2017

Israeli Civil Administration demolishes Palestinian home and 9 other structures in Jordan Valley

This morning, Civil Administration (CA) personnel arrived at the community of a-Ras al-Ahmar in the Jordan Valley. They demolished eight structures - including two residential tents - belonging to one of the families in the community. The family of seven, including five minors, was left without a roof over their heads. The CA also demolished six livestock pens that belonged to the family. The community of a-Ras al-Ahmar suffers constant harassment at the hands of the Israeli authorities. In September 2016, the CA demolished 27 structures in the community, ten of them dwellings. Over the course of 2016, community members were temporarily displaced on ten different occasions to make way for training held by the military nearby. Israeli authorities also demolished a livestock pen and two agricultural storehouse in the village of Kardalah.

A child near the ruins of his home in Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar. Photo by 'Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 7 February 2017.
30 Jan 2017

Civil Administration demolishes homes of three families in Badu al-Baba community

On Thursday 26 January 2017. Large Civil Administration and Border Police forces arrived at the community of Badu al-Baba, located near al-'Eizariyah, northeast of Jerusalem. The forces destroyed tents that were the homes of three families, and two livestock pens, leaving 17 people, including 9 minors, homeless. The forces did not allow the families to remove all of their belongings from the tents and pens before the demolition, resulting in extensive property damage. The Badu al-Baba community numbers 350, about half of them minors, and it is located in an area designated by Israeli authorities as Area E1, where an expansion that would connect the settlement of Maaleh Adumim to Jerusalem is planned. In 2016, the Civil Administration demolished structures in the community on two different occasions.

The demolition in Badu al-Baba community, 26 January 2017. Photo by Hussam Abed, B’Tselem
23 Jan 2017

As they do every winter, Civil Administration forces demolish homes in Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah today

This morning, Monday, 23 January 2017, Civil Administration forces arrived at the small shepherding community of Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah, living some 5 km southwest of the Palestinian village al-Jiftlik, in the Jordan Valley. The community is home to three families. The forces demolished tents used as living quarters by two of them, leaving 13 people, including six minors, without a roof over their heads. The forces also destroyed two livestock pens and razed part of the access road leading to the isolated community. In February 2016, the authorities demolished three tents in the community, and destroyed its access road. Over the course of 2015, the Civil Administration destroyed homes in the community on two different occasions, lastly in March, when they also razed the access road. The Civil Administration demolished structures in the community in 2014 as well. In 1972, the military declared the area where Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah is located a closed military zone (No. 904), claiming it needed it as a training zone.

Children from the community of Khirbet 'Ein Karzaliyah near the contens of the homes destroyed by the Civil Administration. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem. 23 January 2017.
5 Jan 2017

2017 brings no relief: Israel continues largescale home demolitions in Palestinian communities

On Monday, 2 January 2017, Civil Administration forces came to two communities located north of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement, Wadi Esneisel and Bir al-Maskub. In the former, they demolished the homes of six families, numbering 48 people, including 34 minors, and a livestock pen. Some of these families had already lost their homes in August 2015, when the authorities demolished seven homes in the community. In Bir al-Maskub, the authorities demolished the homes of four families numbering 30 people, including 18 minors. Some of these families had lost their homes in a previous demolition in April 2016. The next day, on Tuesday, 3 January, Civil Administration forces came to the community of Khirbet Tana, located close to Beit Furik, and demolished structures that belong to 14 families, including six homes. The demolitions left 29 people, 15 of them minors, homeless. The forces also demolished 16 livestock pens. In 2016, the Israeli authorities demolished a total of 79 structures in the community on four separate occasions.

Members of the Hanani family among the ruins of the entrance to their cave, demolished this week in Khirbet Tana. Photo by Salma a-Deb’i, B’Tselem, 3 Jan. ‘17
20 Dec 2016

Sept.-Dec. 2016: Military temporarily displaces Palestinians in Jordan Valley 19 times, citing training nearby

Since Sept. some 220 Palestinians (incl. about 100 minors) have been forced to leave their homes in the Jordan Valley on multiple occasions to make way for military training. Families from Ibziq, Khirbet Humsah and Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar have had to spend hours on end, or even all night, far from home and exposed to the elements. The frequency of these displacements completely disrupts residents’ lives and jeopardizes the very existence of these communities. As an occupying power, Israel cannot use the land for routine military purposes, harm the livelihood of protected persons on this pretext, or attempt to expel the residents.

A shepherdess and armored personnel carriers in the pastureland of Jordan Valley residents. Photo by Keren Manor, Activestills, 8 Dec. 2016
20 Nov 2016

Military forces some 80 residents of Ibziq, half of them minors, to spend two nights away from home because of military training

Today, 20 Nov. 2016, Civil Administration officials handed evacuation orders to 14 families in Ibziq, north of Tubas. The families, 78 people, including 42 minors are to evacuate from Monday early afternoon to Tuesday morning, and for the same time Tuesday to Wednesday. They will have to spend two nights outside, away from home. The military has been training extensively throughout the Jordan Valley in recent weeks, turning out scores of residents in Palestinian communities in these areas, which Israel defines as firing zones.

Civil Administration officials arrive at the community of Ibziq to deliver temporary evacuation order. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 15 Nov. 2016
13 Nov 2016

Military Resumes Maneuvers in Residential Areas and Grazing Land of Palestinian Communities: Two Communities Displaced and Another Ravaged

In recent weeks, the military has held several maneuvers in residential areas or grazing land belonging to Palestinian communities. Israel claims that the areas are “firing zones,” despite the fact that these communities have lived and worked on the land for many years. The repeated displacement threatens the ability of residents to continue living in the communities. As an occupying power, Israel may not use land for general military purposes, and certainly must not displace the residents or damage their livelihood on these grounds.

Target-practice image placed by soldiers in residential area of an al-Fajam area community, near ‘Aqraba. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 17 Oct. 2016

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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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