On Friday morning, 12 June 2020, at around 9:00 A.M., dozens of settlers entered the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya. They began wandering among the houses and harassing the residents. After about a half an hour, soldiers arrived at the scene. They treated the residents dismissively and refused to remove the settlers. Only after some 15 Palestinian activists and residents began marching in protest towards the settlement of Susiya, did the soldiers remove the settlers from the village.
The military expelled the residents of Khirbet Susiya from their village in 1986 and they relocated to their farmland. Since then, the military and settlers have trying to drive them out of there, too.
On Tuesday morning, 9 June 2020, at around 7:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with an escort of military jeeps and a crane truck at the Palestinian community of al-Muntar, which lies in al-Quds district, southeast of the town of al-‘Eizariyah. The forces confiscated four residential shacks that served as a residence for four families, 19 people in total, including nine minors. One of the shacks was donated by a humanitarian aid organization. Four of the shacks served as livestock enclosures.
In addition, Yesterday morning, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with an escort of military jeeps, Border Police officers and a crane truck at the Palestinian community of Abu Ghaliya , southeast of the town of al-‘Eizariyah, in the area Israel defines as E1. The forces dismantled and confiscated a wooden structure and tin plates that served as a residence for a family of 11 people, including four minors. The community consists of 20 families, 170 people in total, half of whom are minors. The community is not connected to water or electricity networks and relies on electricity supply from solar panels donated by the E.U. and purchasing of water containers. The children of the community are driven to school in ‘Anata in buses supplied by the Palestinian Authority.
From there, the forces continued 200 meters north to the community of Nkheilah, also in the E1 area, where they dismantled and confiscated a wooden guest room used for communal purposes, pipes and shade sails. Similarly, this community is not connected to water or electricity networks and relies on electricity supply from solar panels donated by the E.U. and purchasing of water containers. The children of the community are driven to school in ‘Anata in buses supplied by the Palestinian Authority.
The Civil Administration demolishes five residential shacks in the Jericho area, leaving 23 people, 11 of them minors, homeless
Today, 3 June 2020, around 7:00 A.M., about 15 military jeeps escorted by a crane truck and a bulldozer came to Abu Dahuk community in the Deir Hajla area of Jericho. The forces demolished five residential shacks of an extended family and another structure it used as a kitchen, leaving 23 people, 11 of them minors, homeless. In addition, the forces confiscated three water containers, six solar panels, four air conditioners, two refrigerators and shade sails, belonging to the same family.
The family lived for 30 years at a site, about ten kilometers east of the current one. On 20 January 2020, the military handed the family a stop-work and demolition order and expelled from their previous place of residence on the grounds that it is a closed military zone.
The Civil Administration Demolishes eight residential Structures and an agricultural structure in various communities in the South Hebron Hills
Today, Wednesday, 3 June 2020, around 7:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with an escort of Border Police officers, military jeeps, a bulldozer and a digger to Khirbet al-Mufaqarah in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished a tent that served as a residence for a family of two . Later on, the forces continued east to the Mughayir al-‘Abid community and demolished a tent used for agricultural purposes.
From there, the forces continued south to Khirbet al-Fakhit, where they demolished a tent that served as a residence for seven people, three of them minors. Finally, the forces continued south to Khirbet al-Markez, where they demolished six residential buildings, four of which were tin-covered cinderblock structures and two tents. The six structures housed 35 people, 25 of them minors. The structures were built with financial aid from the European Union.
On Monday, 1 June 2020, at around 3:00 A.M., military and police forces raided three communities in the al-Jiftlik area of the Jordan Valley; Khirbet ‘Alan, Khallet al-Fouleh and al-Musafah. The forces arrested six residents on the grounds they had stolen water. The forces also confiscated two bulldozers and a tractor. The six arrested residents are still held in the Ofer military prison.
The same day, at around 7:00 A.M., Israeli Civil Administration personnel came with an escort of military jeeps and two bulldozers to Khirbet ‘Alan, southwest of the village of al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. The forces demolished irrigation networks intended for agricultural crops, owned by two of the community’s residents, and confiscated a water pump owned by one of them. The forces also issued several summons for farmers to report to the Binyamin police station.
From there, the forces continued north along Route 90, where they demolished five roadside tents owned by residents of the villages of Bardalah and Kardalah, who used them for vending fruit and vegetables, and confiscated produce. Afterwards, the forces demolished other tents farmers had erected for the same purpose a week earlier, on 27 May 2020, and also confiscated their produce.
That morning, 27 May 2020, Civil Administration personnel came with an escort of military jeeps and a bulldozer to the village of Furush Beit Dajan in the Jordan Valley. The forces demolished a house under construction designed for a village residents for his upcoming marriage. Last month, the Civil Administration issued the owner a demolition order by power of Military Order 1797.
Today, around 8:00 A.M, Civil Administration personnel arrived with an escort of military-jeeps and a crane truck to Khirbet ‘Alan, southwest of the village of al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. The forces confiscated water pipes intended for agricultural use by one of the community’s residents.
Later on, the forces continued north to the village of Furush Beit Dajan and confiscated a prefab used by residents for agricultural purposes.
On Saturday, 16 May 2020, at around noon, Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military jeep at the community of Khirbet Lasefar in the South Hebron Hills. They confiscated a truck that had come to the community to deliver tin panels and metal posts for construction. The cargo was taken along with the truck, which was driven towards Beersheba. The Lasefar community is home to twelve families with a total of about 110 members, including 40 children. It is not hooked up to the water grid and its only power supply comes from a solar system constructed in 2011 and maintained by NGO COMET-ME with funding from the European Union and member states. The community’s children go to school in the nearby community of Khirbet Emneizal and have to walk four kilometers to school and back, every day.
On Thursday, 14 May 2020, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military-jeep escort, a digger and a crane truck to the Palestinian community of Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar in the Jordan Valley and confiscated water pipes. The forces also destroyed two tents, one of which had been used as a rest stop for a shepherd who lives outside the community and the other as a livestock pen for a local resident. The forces also destroyed two livestock enclosures.
On the previous day, Wednesday, 13 May 2020, at around 8:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a digger and a military-jeep escort to the Palestinian village of Fasayil a-Tahta in the Jordan Valley. The forces destroyed concrete and metal posts installed as a foundation for a structure where a family of five, including three children, was going to live. The forces also destroyed a tent and a shack used as livestock pens by two local residents.
On Thursday 14 May 2020, at around 6:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with military jeeps and a crane truck to the community Faza' al-Ka'abneh, which is part of the larger Badu a-Mu'arrajat community, southeast of the village of al-Taybeh, Ramallah District. The forces took down and confiscated a tent shepherds used for sleeping in grazing fields and a livestock pen. They also took three solar panels, four batteries and an electrical panel - all belonging to the same family. The community of Faza' al-Ka'abneh is home to 15 families who live off farming and shepherding and have 115 members in total, including 60 children.
On Monday, 4 May 2020, Civil Administration personnel came with an escort of military jeeps, two bulldozers and a truck with a crane to Khirbet ‘Alan, which lies southwest of the village of al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. The forces demolished an agricultural pool owned by a village resident and confiscated tin plates and raw materials intended for his work as a welder. Last month, the forces dismantled and confiscated a prefab he had built as an extension for his welder’s shop.
Some of the forces continued north to the village of Tayasir, also in the Jordan Valley, where they demolished a tin-covered cinderblock room used by farmers for rest. The demolition was carried out by the power of Military Order 1797, after Civil Administration personnel handed the owners a cease-work order for it on Monday, 27 April 2020.
Israel’s regime of occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end the occupation, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.