Over the last three days, 5-7 March, military forces, including scores of vehicles, tanks and other armored cars have been carrying out training exercises both during the day and at night, in several areas located near Khirbet al-Malih and the village of al-Farisiyah in the northern Jordan Valley. The exercises include use of firearms on grazing pastures, while local residents are denied access. Military bulldozers also destroyed part of a chickpea field yesterday. Today, 7 March 2018, at around 7:30 A.M., the forces arrived at nearby Khirbet Um al-Jmal, and armored vehicles and troops trained in between residents’ homes and on farmland. The military also held training exercises near Khirbet Ibziq today, where two families had evacuated their homes following orders they were given by the military on 4 March 2018. Incessant military training in the northern Jordan Valley is part of Israel’s longstanding policy aimed at making living conditions in Palestinian communities unbearable and forcing residents out, ostensibly of their own accord.
On Thursday morning, 11 Oct. 2018, at approximately 7:30 A.M., Civil Administration officials came with a military and Border Police escort and two bulldozers to the village of al-Hadidiyah in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces demolished three huts that made up the home of a family of eight, four of them children, and a tent in which another member of the community lived. They also demolished a paddock and two livestock pens. The next day - Friday, 12 Oct. - al-Hadidiyah was declared a closed military zone from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. About ten soldiers, escorted by two police officers, came to the area and prevented Israeli human rights activists from helping the residents rebuild their homes. The soldiers arrested one of the activists.
Video filmed by 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem
On Thursday morning, 11 Oct. 2018, at approximately 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration officials came with a military and Border Police escort and two bulldozers to the area of al-Musafah, which lies east of the village of al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. The forces demolished a pre-fab that was home to a couple and their child, leaving them homeless. The forces also demolished three livestock paddocks. They then continued south to the community of al-Mahruq, which lies east of the village of al-Jiftlik, and demolished two tents that were the winter homes of two families - 15 people altogether, seven of them minors - and two livestock paddocks.
Today, Tuesday, 9 October 2018, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel, soldiers, Border Police and two bulldozers arrived at Khirbet al-Halawah in the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished three dwellings, donated to local residents by a humanitarian aid organization with European Union funding. The demolition left 21 people, including 13 children, homeless. The forces also confiscated four solar panel batteries and an electrical box donated to the residents by COMET ME, with funding from the Dutch government. Earlier this month, the Civil Administration and military confiscated a tent in the community, leaving homeless a family of six, including four minors. Ever since the 1990s, Israel has been endeavoring to drive out the residents of Masafer Yatta.
Yesterday, 2 October 2018, at around 3:30 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a Border Police escort and a crane truck to Khirbet al-Halawa in the area of Masafer Yatta, the South Hebron Hills. There, they confiscated a tent that was home to a family of six, four of them minors. The tent had been donated by an aid organization. Today, 3 October, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel with a police, military and Border Police escort and a crane truck came to Khirbet al-Mufaqara, also in Masafer Yatta. They confiscated a metal frame that was to be the base for a pre-fab. Since the 1990s, Israel has been systematically attempting to drive the Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta from their home
On Tuesday, 4 September 2018, at about 7:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel and laborers, accompanied by soldiers, arrived in Humsah a-Tahta in the northern Jordan Valley. They dismantled and confiscated a caravan belonging to the Bisharat family – the parents Khadijeh and Mahmoud and their three daughters. The caravan was donated to the family by the European Union after the Civil Administration demolished the family’s home in 2015. In 2017, the family was given a demolition order against the caravan, and fearing that it would be destroyed, they took it down it and moved in with Mahmoud’s parents. In August 2018, the family put up the caravan again with the help of volunteers.
At about 5:00 A.M. this morning, Thursday, 13 September 2018, six Civil Administration vehicles escorted by dozens of security personnel arrived with a bulldozer and a crane at Wadi al-Ahmar, a new neighborhood established by the residents of Khan al-Ahmar and hundreds of activists two days ago. The neighborhood, which lies several hundred meters east of the community in the direction of the Kfar Adumim settlement, was set up to protest the High Court ruling of 5 September allowing the state to demolish the community. The forces dismantled and confiscated five pre-fabs provided to the residents by the Palestinian Authority.
On Sunday, 3 September 2018, Civil Administration officials accompanied by a military jeep arrived at Khirbet Um al-Jamal and the al-Burj area in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces issued temporary evacuation orders to seven families, totaling 39 members (including 25 minors), instructing them to leave their homes from 5:00 P.M. the next day, 4 September 2018, until 10:30 A.M. the following morning, 5 September 2018. The families evacuated their homes the next day, some of them staying with relatives in Tayasir and others in the adjacent community of Khirbet ‘Ein al-Hilweh. Some of the families led their flocks to the area around Khirbet al-Maleh. When the families returned to their homes the next day, they found that two cows had been killed in the military operations. The cows belonged to shepherds from Khirbet ‘Ein al-Hilweh, who regularly graze their livestsock in the area. Other cows were injured.
On 19 August 2018, Civil Administration personnel handed Yusef Abu ‘Aram, from Qawawis, a stop-work order for a home where his family of eight were set to live. Yesterday, 3 September 2018, at about 4:00 A.M., Civil Administration, military and Border Police personnel arrived with a bulldozer and demolished the home which was still under construction. At around 10:30 this morning, 4 September 2018, Civil Administration personnel arrived again and confiscated a tent given to the family by the village council for temporary shelter following the demolition. The Palestinian village of Qawawis is located in an area from which Israel has been trying to expel local residents ever since the 1990s.
At ~4:00 P.M. yesterday (14 Aug. 2018), Civil Administration personnel, accompanied by a military jeep, came to Khirbet Yarza in the northern Jordan Valley and ordered a Palestinian family to leave home by 6:00 A.M. the next morning. This is the third time the family has been ordered to leave this month, after receiving temporary orders on 1 August ordering evacuation on three dates. The family moved to relatives in the village of Tubas. Three families from Tubas, which cultivate land in Khirbet Yarza, were also evacuated from the area.
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.