On Thursday, 15 July 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort, a bulldozer, and a crane truck to an area of Humsah al-Foqa, where nine families who were expelled from their homes last week have relocated for the time being. The forces confiscated a tent put up by one of the families, numbering 11 people, including six minors, at a certain distance from the other tents.
Later that day, at around 9:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and a bulldozer to the village of Furush Beit Dajan in the Jordan Valley, where they demolished a pool set up by the local council about a year ago to provide residents with water for domestic and agricultural use. The floodwaters created during the demolition hit nearby livestock enclosures, killing one of the rams.
On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, at around 5:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort and 10 crane trucks to the al-Qabun area, where some residents of the Ras a-Tin community stay during the summer. The site is about two kilometers north of the community’s permanent residence, which lies east of Ramallah. The forces declared the area a closed military zone, denied access to journalists, and began dismantling and confiscated 16 residential structures, 19 livestock enclosures, 45 solar panels, seven mobile water containers, and two tractors belonging to 13 families, numbering 84 people in total, including 54 minors.
Filmed by: Fares K'aabneh
On Monday, 12 July 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and three bulldozers to the town of Bani Na’im in Hebron District. The forces demolished about 200 square meters of agricultural terraces, a fence put up at the village entrance and a shed used for storing agricultural equipment. From there, the forces continued south to the communities of Um Qusa and ‘Abdiyeh in the Um Daraj area. They confiscated a prefab set up by residents, which served as a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, serving over 400 residents.
At the same time, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and a bulldozer to the agricultural area of Bardalah Marah, which extends about a kilometer from the Bardalah village center, and demolished an agricultural pool. The pool was built in cooperation between the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, and was used to irrigate the crops of several area farmers.
These are not exceptional cases. Rather, they are part of Israel’s routine harassment of Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills and northern Jordan Valley, in a bid to expel them from their homes and area of residence.
On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, around 8:00 A.M., soldiers and Civil Administration staff arrived at the community of Khirbet Humsah in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces declared the area a closed military zone and denied journalists, human rights activists and diplomats access. The forces dismantled nine tents and four huts used as residences, as well as 17 agricultural structures, all together belonging to nine families with a total of 61 members, including 34 minors. The forces also destroyed four water tanks, water lines, fencing and farming equipment. The residents’ belongings were loaded onto trucks that transported them to the ‘Ein Shibli community, which lies west of Khirbet Humsah. Community members fled to the mountains with their flocks, leaving the buses brought in to forcibly relocate them to ‘Ein Shibli empty.
In the morning hours of Thursday, 24 June 2021, Civil Administration personnel escorted by soldiers and equipped with a bulldozer came to the area of Badu a-Mu’arrajat-East, where the settlement of Mevo'ot Jericho was established. They destroyed a tin structure with a concrete floor that served as a food kiosk and was owned by a resident of the community. The forces also uprooted the kiosk’s road sign and disconnected the structure from electricity. On 16 June 2021, the Civil Administration had issued the kiosk owner a demolition order.
The owner built the kiosk in February 2021 to support his family, which includes six minors.
On 23 June 2021, at around 6:00 AM, soldiers came with a bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills, and dug ditches in several parts of a 2 k”m long dirt road that connects Masafer Yatta to the town Yatta and to the surrounding villages. In addition, the security forces destroyed a water line that served around 12 communities in the area, leaving dozens of families without water supply.
On 9 June 2021, the military destroyed roads and a water line that served 15 families in Masafer Yatta.
The military repeatedly blocks roads and destroys water supply infrastructure in this area, as part of the authorities’ routine harassment of Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills, particularly in Masafer Yatta, in its bid to expel them from their homes and from the area in which they reside.
On 12 June 2021, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military, Israel Police and Border Police escort, as well as a crane truck, to the community of Badu al-Mu’arrajat (Dar Faza’) in the Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated three tents that were home to two families numbering 17 people in total, including 9 children. They also demolished a livestock pen belonging to one of the families.
On 7 June 2021, the Civil Administration dismantled and confiscated residential structures three kilometers south of the community, leaving 37 people, including 24 minors.
On Wednesday, 9 June 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., soldiers came with a D9 bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces destroyed a 500-meter-long section of road leading to the community of She’b al-Batum, some of which was paved with concrete, as well as a 500-meter-long dirt road leading to Khirbet al-Mufaqarah. They also destroyed a water pipe that serves the community of al-Fakhit, where 15 families live, which the residents later repaired.
The military has blocked the roads leading to She’b al-Batum several times, the last of which was in March 2020, but the residents removed the roadblocks. Blocking roads and destroying pipelines is part of Israel’s routine harassment of Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills, and in Masafer Yatta in particular, in its bid to expel them from the area and from their homes.
On Tuesday, 8 June 2021, in the early morning hours, Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort and a bulldozer to the village of a-Rakeez in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished an uncovered cement structure used for agricultural storage that belongs to one of the village residents.
From there, the forces continued northeast to the village of a-Tuwani, where they demolished a tent used by one of the residents as a livestock enclosure.
On 7 June 2021, at around midday, Civil Administration personnel came with a military, Israel Police and Border Police escort, as well as a crane truck, a digger and a bulldozer, to the community of Badu al-Mu’arrajat in the Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated a tent and four shacks that were home to four families, numbering 24 people, including 16 children. They also dismantled and confiscated a shack and four tents used as livestock enclosures, three tents used as livestock pens, three tents used as kitchens, two outhouses, 12 solar panels installed with funding by the Italian nonprofit GVC, and a generator used to operate a water pump.
In addition, on orders of the Civil Administration, two families in the community, numbering 13 people, including six children, were forced to personally demolish three tents that that they lived in, two tents used as livestock enclosures, a tent used as a livestock pen, a tent used as a kitchen, an outhouse and three solar panels, in order to prevent their confiscation if the forces dismantled them.
On 31 August 2016, the Civil Administration confiscated three residential prefabs, a shack used for raising livestock and portable toilets in the community. All the structures were donated to the families by a humanitarian aid organization after the Israeli authorities demolished their homes on 4 August 2016.
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.