Facing expulsion

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
14 Aug 2017

Israel’s CA confiscates solar panels from Abu a-Nuwar, a community Israel refuses to hook up to power grid

On Wednesday, 9 August 2017, at about 1:00 P.M., dozens of Civil Administration officials and Border Police arrived at Abu a-Nuwar, a Palestinian community which Israel refuses to hook up to the power grid. They confiscated solar panels and related equipment, all of which were donated to the community by a humanitarian aid organization about a month ago. Abu a-Nuwar lies between the settlements of Kedar and Ma’ale Adumim, in an area that Israeli authorities have defined E1. Some 650 people live in the community, about half of them minors.

The main route to Abu a-Nuwar was blocked off and the troops prevented anyone from entering or leaving. The area of the school, which was empty due to the summer break, was declared a closed military zone. The CA confiscated two solar-panels stands and ten solar panels that had been installed in the school yard. They also broke down a door to a room in the school, went in and seized two circuit-breaker panels and 12 batteries that were in the room. The confiscated solar panels supplied power to the community’s school and preschools, which are attended by a total of about 72 children, as well as to the community’s guesthouse. The equipment was seized despite an interim injunction issued that day prohibiting enforcement (in the form of demolition or confiscating solar panels) until 16 August 2017.

The school at Abu a-Nuwar. Photo by ‘Amer Aruri, B’Tselem, 10 August 2017
8 Aug 2017

Under the blazing summer sun: CA confiscates tanker supplying water to village Israel refuses to hook up to water grid

This afternoon Israel’s Civil Administrating confiscated a tanker which supplies water to the communities of Msafar Yatta (Greater Yatta; Firing Zone 918) in the southern Hebron Hills, citing “entering a firing zone”. The truck, owned by a resident of Yatta, was carrying 20,000 liters of water and is the only one of its size serving the communities in the area. The truck managed to supply water only to the community of Khirbet al-Fakhit, one of twelve communities in the area which Israel has been endeavoring to displace and also refuses to hook up to the water grid. Soldiers then confiscated the truck. Israeli security forces kept the B’Tselem field researcher who was on site from filming the confiscation.

Children in Khirbet al-Fakhit, southern Hebron Hills. Photo by Oren Ziv, activestills, 19 Aug. 2013
19 Jul 2017

CA confiscated water tanks and destroys pipe in Jordan Valley communities

On Jul. 19, military and Civil Administration forces confiscated two water tanks in Kh. Tall al-Himma in the northern Jordan Valley, along with a pump from a spring used as the community’s main source of water. Solar panels were confiscated there on Jul. 5. The forces then cut a pipe used to bring water from a natural spring to a reservoir in the community of Kh. Um al-Jmal, used for livestock and irrigation. The cruel treatment of these communities, which Israel refuses to connect to the water system, is particularly brazen in the current scorching heat of the Jordan Valley. 

The confiscation in h. Tall al-Himma today. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem.
5 Jul 2017

Israel’s Civil Administration confiscates solar panels from Khirbet Tall al-Himma community, which Israel refuses to connect to the electricity network

Today, Wednesday 5 July 2017, Civil Administration officials and the military came to the Palestinian community of Khirbet Tall al-Himma (Khallet Hamad) in the northern Jordan Valley, south of the community of ‘Ein al-Beida. They confiscated two solar panels used by five families, numbering 25 people, including 15 minors. The panels had been donated by a humanitarian aid organization in March 2017, after Israeli authorities confiscated the pre-fab one of the families had been living in.

20 Jun 2017

Israel’s CA uproots hundreds of fruit trees and ruins crops on privately owned Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley

Israeli forces raid two Palestinian Jordan Valley communities in past two months, uprooting and confiscating trees and ruining fields on Palestinian-owned land. Over 75% of Jordan Valley lands have been taken over by Israel, with 150,000 hectares transferred to settlement regional councils. In recent years, Israel has increased efforts to expel local Palestinian communities. Palestinians now own a minute portion of Jordan Valley lands, yet Israel harasses them even there.

A bulldozer carrying date palm trees uprooted by the Civil Administration. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem, 5 April 2017
25 Apr 2017

Israeli Civil Administration demolishes home in Badu al-Baba community for second time this year

On 19 April 2017, Civil Administration personnel arrived at the Badu al-Baba community which is located near al-‘Eizariyah, northeast of Jerusalem. They demolished a 45-square-meter pre-fab which had been donated by an aid agency and served as home to a family of seven, including two minors. The family’s previous home was demolished by the authorities on 26 January 2017. The Badu al-Baba community has a population of approximately 350, about half of them minors. They live in an area designated by the Israeli authorities as Area E1. Israel has slated that area for an expansion of the settlement of Maale Adumim designed to achieve a contiguous urban bloc from the settlement to Jerusalem. The most recent demolition carried out in the community this year was on 26 January 2017. At that time, authorities demolished three families’ residential tents as well as two livestock pens.

Pre-fab homes at Badu al-Baba. Background: town of al-‘Eizariyah. Photo by ‘Amer ‘Aruri, B’Tselem, 9 August 2015
4 Apr 2017

Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar families served substitute all-night evacuation orders

On the morning of Mon. 3 April 2017, the Civil Administration (CA) arrived at Kh. a-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern Jordan Valley and served nine families with evacuation orders from Wed. 5 April 2017 at 5:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. next morning. As a result, 40 people, incl. some 15 minors, will have to spend an entire night away from home. Last week, the CA served ten families with evacuation orders for Wed. afternoon to Thurs. morning. Yet no military training was then carried out on land near their homes and, contrary to past practice, the CA did not arrive to evacuate them. Residents remained in a state of uncertainty all night long, concerned they might be evacuated. Kh. a-Ras al-Ahmar is a small shepherding community located east of the village of Tammun; the settlements of Ro’i and Beka’ot were built nearby it. In 2016, families from this community were temporarily displaced on ten different occasions by the CA and the military, citing essential military training train on their land. Israel must immediately cease the temporary displacement of communities as well as all other measures it takes in a bid to force Palestinians living in the Jordan Velley out of the area.

Military training in Khirbat Ras al-Ahmar, December 2016. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem
27 Mar 2017

The Civil Administration orders 10 families to evacuate their homes for a night

This morning, Civil Administration forces arrived at the community of a-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern Jordan Valley and handed evacuation orders to ten families, starting Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 5:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M. the next morning. The orders mean 50 people, including 20 minors would have to spend the night away from their homes. A-Ras al-Ahmar is a small shepherding community located east of the village of Tammun and near where the settlements of Ro’i and Beka’ot were built. Over the course of 2016, families from this community were temporarily displaced on ten different occasions by the Civil Administration and the military, on the claim the military had to train on their land. Israel must immediately cease the temporary displacement of communities as well as all other measures it takes in a bid to force Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley out of the area.

Military jeep escorting Palestinian family during the temporary displacement in Ibziq, Jordan Valley, 21 December 2016. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
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

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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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