On Wednesday, 27 January 2021, at around 8:30 A.M., about 20 Civil Administration and Border Police jeeps arrived with four busloads of soldiers and three diggers at Khirbet ‘Einun in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces blocked the four entrances into the community and either cut down or uprooted more than 3,000 forest trees planted by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in 2016. The forces also cut down and uprooted about 130 olive and almond trees on land belonging to one of the residents, and threw a stun grenade at residents who were protesting their actions.
On Tuesday, 3 December 2019, at around 7:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a digger, a bulldozer and a military-jeep escort to the Palestinian community of Khirbet ‘Einun, east of the city of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces demolished two concrete and metal water cisterns built some two months ago for farming needs. One was owned by a resident of Tubas and the other by the Tubas agricultural association.
The demolition was carried out pursuant to Military Order 1797, which was issued in April 2018, and eliminated the façade of judicial review
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.
From 12 to 14 Jan.2016, B'Tselem documented Civil Administration harassment of five Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley, in continuation of efforts to force Palestinians out of Area C. In Kh. ‘Ein Karzaliyah, structures were photographed, apparently ahead of repeat demolitions; in Kh. ‘Einun, forces destroyed agricultural structures and a water reservoir; and in Yarza and Kh. a-Ras al-Ahmar, families were informed that they would again be displaced for military training.
Today, 20 Aug. 2015, the Israeli authorities left 19 persons, including 10 minors, in conditions of extreme heat without any solution. This is the third time this week the authorities have demolished homes and income generating structures in area C. The wave of demolitions left dozens of people homeless in the extreme August heat. Since 5 Aug. 2015, the Civil Administration has demolished 34 residential buildings and 31 other structures in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley, in the vicinity of Ma’ale Adumim, and in the southern Hebron hills. A total of 167 people have lost their homes in these actions, including 101 minors.
Israel’s regime of apartheid and occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end this regime, 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.