On Wednesday, 25 November 2020, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military jeep escort, police officers, two bulldozers and a truck crane at the village of Fayasil a-Tahta in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated the foundations of two shacks intended to house an extended family of seven, including two children. The shacks were donated to the family by a humanitarian aid organization after the Civil Administration demolished their homes last September.
Later, the forces demolished two shacks that housed a family of ten, four of them children, as well as a kitchen, a cement outhouse, and two metal-plated tin-roofed shacks that the family used to raise livestock. The forces also destroyed a fence and disconnected the shacks’ electricity grid.
In addition, the forces demolished ten shacks that were used by two families and included a toilet, fodder storage, stables, a chicken coop and tabun ovens. They also destroyed wheat and almond husks that were used as livestock fodder.
At around midday, Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military jeep escort and a crane truck at the community of Tal a-Smadi, northwest of the village of al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated a shack that was home to a couple, as well as an outhouse and a water container donated to them by a humanitarian aid organization after the forces demolished the same structures on 21 October 2020.
Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills:
The same day, around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with Border Police officers at the community of Khirbet a-Rakeez in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills and demolished two structures that were home to a family of six, including three children. They also demolished a structure used for agriculture that belonged to another family in the community. The forces continued south to Khirbet a-Sarurah, where they demolished an outhouse owned by a community resident. They then continued further south to the community of Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’, where they demolished two structures under construction intended for two families, numbering 11 people in total, including seven children, and another structure that contained a toilet and a kitchen.
From there, they went to the community of Mughayir al-‘Abid, where they demolished two structures used for agriculture that belonged to a community resident. The forces also cut and destroyed a two-kilometer water line servicing the communities of al-Fakhit, a-Safai, Mughayir al-‘Abid and a-Taban. The water line, donated by humanitarian organizations, cost almost 100,000 EUR to install. The Civil Administration already destroyed Masafer Yatta’s main water supply pipeline in February 2019, but it has since been restored. In October 2020, the Civil Administration destroyed a local pipeline servicing the communities of Mughayir al-‘Abid and Khirbet al-Majaz.
Finally, the forces arrived at the community of Khirbet Jenbah, where they destroyed a plastic water container a community resident placed on his farmland to water his olive grove. In order to make their way to the container, the forces uprooted four olive trees and demolished a wire fence around the plot. Some of the demolished structures were donated to the communities by humanitarian aid organizations.
The same day, Israel demolished a house under construction in a-Lubban a-Gharbiyah, Ramallah District
At around 6:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with soldiers, police officers and a bulldozer at the village of a-Lubban a-Gharbiyah in Ramallah District. The forces demolished the foundation of a structure under construction (a floor and posts) intended for a family of eight, including six children. They also demolished a shack owned by another resident that was used for storage. The demolitions were carried out by power of Military Order 1797.
Since 2 November 2020, Israeli troops have been training in the Jordan Valley with small arms and tank fire. The exercises, held near Palestinian communities or on their pastureland from Sunday through Thursday, endanger the residents’ lives and damage their livelihoods.
Most of the exercises have been held in the northern Jordan Valley, especially near the communities of al-Farisiyah, Khirbet al-Malih, al-Burj, Khirbet Samrah and Khirbet Ibzik. While the troops were training, some residents left their homes for fear for their lives and did not take their flocks out to graze. In the area of Khirbet al-Malih, the troops trained only 100 meters or so away from the residents’ homes. In other places, they trained about 3 kilometers from community homes. As part of the exercises, soldiers fired tank shells at hilly terrain and pastureland.
On Tuesday, 4 November 2020, Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military jeep escort at the communities of al-Burj, ‘Ein al-Meyteh and Nab’ al-Ghazal in the Jordan Valley. They notified the residents that the following week, starting Tuesday, they would have to evacuate the premises every day at set hours so troops could train within their communities’ territory. The training was eventually held without evacuating the residents, who left of their own accord for fear for their lives and did not take their flocks out to graze.
Last week, from 15 to 19 November, hundreds of soldiers trained in the pastureland of Khirbet al-Malih, about 100 meters away from residents’ homes. The soldiers fired tank shells and forbade the residents from grazing their flocks in the area.
On the morning of 24 November 2020, at around 8:30 A.M., two Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military escort at the communities of ‘Ein al-Meyteh and al-Burj. They ordered ten families, numbering 60 people in total, mostly minors, to vacate their homes and stay at a distance of about 100 meters south of the communities' residential area until 4:00 P.M.
On 18 November 2020, at around 2:30 P.M., soldiers and police officers came with a bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces used boulders and mud to block two dirt roads leading to the community of She’b al-Batem. From there, they continued west to the community of Khirbet Wadi Ejheish, where they blocked two dirt roads leading to it. The roads connect the communities to Route 317. The military has blocked the roads leading to She’b al-Batem several times, but the residents removed the roadblocks. Blockig roads 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 their homes
On Tuesday morning, 17 November 2020, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military jeep escort and a bulldozer to northeast Khirbet ‘Atuf. The forces demolished a tin shack with a cement floor intended for agricultural use, after the owner – a community resident – was issued a stop-work order on 10 May 2020.
Later that morning, at around 11:00 A.M., soldiers came with a bulldozer to the village of Furush Beit Dajan and demolished an agricultural pool owned by a resident.
At around noon, forces came with a digger to Khirbet Um al-Jamal, where they dismantled and confiscated a wooden hut that three activists from Tubas and Ramallah had set up in solidarity with area residents. Two days earlier, on 15 November 2020, soldiers had detained the activists and confiscated a car belonging to one of them.
At around 1:00 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military jeep escort and a crane truck to the community of Khallet Khader in the village of al-Farisiyah. The forces dismantled and confiscated a prefab that housed a family of three, including a child. They also demolished an outhouse and a water container. All three structures were donated to the family by a humanitarian aid organization after Israeli forces demolished their home on 19 October 2020.
On Sunday afternoon, 15 November 2020, soldiers arrived in a military jeep at the area of Khirbet Um al-Jamal in the northern Jordan Valley and detained a resident of Tubas and two residents of Ramallah who had set up a tent in solidarity with the local villagers. The soldiers took the three to a military camp southeast of Khirbet Samrah, where they were detained for around two hours and released. The Tubas resident’s car was confiscated.
That evening, soldiers arrived at farmland in two areas known as a-Rawaq and Midan al-‘Abed , east of al-Hadidiyah in the northern Jordan Valley, and confiscated four tractors being used to cultivate the land of families from Tubas. Three of the tractors belong to a resident of Tubas and the fourth to a resident of Khallet Makhul. The soldiers ordered the drivers to take the vehicles to the settlement of Ro’i, and from there to a military camp east of Khirbet Samrah.
On 3 November 2020, at around 11:00 A.M., the Civil Administration came with a military escort, two bulldozers and two diggers to the community of Khirbet Humsah in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces demolished 18 tents and sheds that housed 11 families, numbering 74 people in total, 41 of them minors. The forces also demolished 29 tents and sheds used as livestock enclosures, three storage sheds, nine tents used as kitchens, 10 portable toilets, 10 livestock pens, 23 water containers, two solar panels, and feeding and watering troughs for livestock. They also destroyed more than 30 tons of fodder for livestock and confiscated a vehicle and two tractors belonging to three residents.
On Tuesday night, 3 November 2020, at around 10:00 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with dozens of soldiers to the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibzik in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces blocked the entrances to the community and spread out among the homes. They stayed in the area until 9:00 A.M. and confiscated nine tractors, five water containers, five utility trailers, and two cars of residents.
On Sunday, 1 November 2020, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived at the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibziq in the Jordan Valley. The forces delivered a warning order to desist from “antiquity destruction” for tents owned by one of the residents. They continued to the community’s school, where they ordered the council head to remove a bus that was donated to the community to serve as a classroom or for storage, under threat of confiscation.
In the afternoon, Civil Administration personnel arrived at the village of Furush Beit Dajan in the Jordan Valley. They confiscated a digger owned by a resident of Marj Na’jah that area farmers were using to build a reservoir. The forces drove the digger to the al-Hamra checkpoint.
In the evening, a military jeep arrived at the area of Jabaris, west of the village of ‘Ein al-Beida. The soldiers confiscated a tractor owned by a village resident and drove it to a settlement. From there it was transferred to the Brosh Habik’a military camp.
On Monday morning, 2 November 2020, Civil Administration personnel came with a Border Police escort and a bulldozer to the area of Ghzewi, east of Khirbet Susiya in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished a home under construction that was intended to house a family of seven – a mother and six children under the age of 18. The demolition was carried out by power of Military Order 1797.
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.