On Sunday morning, 28 Nov. 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel and soldiers came with a bulldozer and crane truck to the area of Khirbet 'Atuf in the northern Jordan Valley. The force dismantled and confiscated a pipe, about one kilometer long, that was meant to provide water for area farmers. The installation of the pipe, funded by AFC, began last month.
On Thursday, 18 November 2021, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and a bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills and blocked the entrance to a dirt road leading to the community of Khallet al-Mayah. From there, the forces continued south and blocked a dirt road leading from Road 317 to the community of She’b al-Batem, which was reopened the following day.
On Tuesday, 16 November 2021, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort, a bulldozer and a crane truck to the community of Khirbet Jamrurah, northwest of Hebron. The forces demolished three residential tents belonging to an extended family, numbering 17 people in total, including nine minors. In addition, the forces demolished a tin structure that served as a livestock enclosure. In 2007, the military expelled the family along with about 200 other Palestinians and demolished their homes in Khirbet Qassa, which remained on the western side of the Separation Barrier.
On Monday, 11 November 2021, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a Border Police escort, a truck and a bulldozer to the village of a-Rifa'iya, east of Yatta in Hebron District. The forces dismantled and confiscated a tent that served as a livestock enclosure owned by a family from the village. The force then demolished the foundations laid by another family in the village for the construction of a house. From there, the forces continued north to the village of Zif, where they confiscated a prefab intended for agricultural purposes and placed there a few days ago by the landowner, a farmer from Hebron.
Filmed by: Nasser Nawaj'ah, Hamdan Hamdan, Eid Jahalin and Basel al-Adra
On Sunday, 7 November 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort, a bulldozer and a crane truck to Khirbet Um al-Jamal in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated four residential tents intended to house an extended family of 19, including 13 children, and equipment for the construction of three livestock enclosures belonging to the same family.
On Wednesday, 3 November 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort to the community of al-Jawaya southeast of the town of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, where they demolished the home of a family of 15, including seven minors, which contained two apartments.
On Monday, 1 November 2021, at around 11:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and a bulldozer to the community of ‘Ein al-Meyteh, west of Khirbet al-Malih, near the village of Tayasir in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces demolished three residential tents that were home to a family of nine, including seven minors, two tents used as livestock pens, a tent for storing fodder, a livestock enclosure, a solar panel, and three water tanks. The forces also confiscated the battery of the solar power system and 30 metal poles.
On Wednesday, 27 October 2021, at around 5:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and a crane truck to the current residence of families from the Humsah al-Foqa community, which was destroyed by Israel in July 2021. The forces confiscated a barbed wire fence and support pillars for the erection of tents that were meant to house an extended family of 14, including seven minors.
On 25 October 2021, at around 3:30 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and two crane trucks to a school in the community of Khirbet al-Malih (the Hamamat al-Malih area), near Tayasir in the northern Jordan Valley. The school, which was established about a year ago, has 45 students. The Civil Administration staff dismantled and confiscated a metal pergola that provided shade for playground facilities in the yard and two tin-and-wood rooms still under construction, that were intended to serve as a medical clinic for the students and area residents. The grounds given for the demolition were damage to antique relics.
In the morning hours of Monday, 25 October 2021, Civil Administration officials accompanied by soldiers and Border Police officers, and equipped with bulldozers, arrived at the community of al-Mufaqarah in Masafer Yatta. The forces confiscated a tent set up by community residents to host people visiting the area as a show of solidarity following the settler attack on 28 September 2021.
From there, the forces continued south and destroyed a dirt road leading from the community of Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’ to the community of al-Fakhit. They also destroyed the main water line that ran alongside it, which serves most of the communities in Masafer Yatta.
The acts of destruction yesterday, as well as the settler attack on al-Mufaqarah, are part of the state’s attempt to expel the residents of Masafer Yatta from their place of residence. As part of these attempts, the state forbids them to legally build their homes or connect to water and power grids, restricts their grazing land, and enables acts of settler violence in order to make their lives so unbearable that they will leave of their own volition (Video Filmed by ‘Eid Hazalin and Itai Feitelson).
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.