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.
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.
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.
On Thursday 26 January 2017. Large Civil Administration and Border Police forces arrived at the community of Jabal 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 Jabal 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thurs. Nov. 11, Civil Administration forces arrived at the community of Khirbet Tall al-Himma, located in the northern Jordan Valley, south of ‘Ein al-Beida. The forces dismantled six tents and confiscated them together with two tents that had not been pitched yet. Three of the tents had been used as dwellings by members of the community, and the rest were used as livestock pens. These structures were donated to the community this week by a humanitarian aid agency, after the Civil Administration demolished these families’ homes on 27 September 2016, leaving 25 people, 10 of them minors, homeless.
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.