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Israeli Authorities destroy Palestinian shepherding community in the Jordan Valley, 8.1.14

January 2014

At about 6:30 A.M. this morning, Israeli military forces and Civil Administration personnel arrived at the Palestinian community of Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah in the northern Jordan Valley. They then proceeded to demolish all of the community’s buildings, thereby rendering homeless the entire population – three families comprised of 10 adults and 15 minors. The residents have been left with no shelter for themselves or their livestock in the harsh winter weather conditions. The Israeli military also demolished the only water-pipe available to the residents. Click here for background on the community.

The photographs were taken by B'Tselem field researcher Atef Abu A-Rub. The first photograph was taken some two weeks before the demolition, on 23.12.13, and shows the residents of Karzaliyah, 'Atiya Fathi Kassem Bani Minieh, against the backdrop of the community. The rest of the photographs were taken on the morning of the demolition, 8.1.14. After photographing, A-Rub was detained by soldiers at the Hamra checkpoint for over an hour. He reported hearing the soldiers tell each other that he was detained because he was filming.

The photographs are available to be used and shared freely, while giving credit in each public use to the photographer and to B'Tselem.

'Atiya Fathi Kassem Bani Minieh, resident of Karzaliyah against the background of the buildings of the community, as documented by Atef Abu A-Rub two weeks before the demolition, 23.12.13.
A bulldozer of the Israeli Civil Administration accompanied by military jeeps, 8.1.14
The ruins of the ‘Ein Karzaliyah community, 8.1.14
A girl from ‘Ein Karzaliyah against the background of the ruins of the community's buildings, 8.1.14
The ruins of the ‘Ein Karzaliyah community, 8.1.14
The ruins of the ‘Ein Karzaliyah community, 8.1.14
Residents of ‘Ein Karzaliyah against the background of the ruins of the community's buildings, 8.1.14
The ruins of the ‘Ein Karzaliyah community, 8.1.14
Resident of ‘Ein Karzaliyah against the background of the ruins of the community's buildings, 8.1.14
Resident of ‘Ein Karzaliyah against the background of the ruins of the community's buildings, 8.1.14
A girl from ‘Ein Karzaliyah on the day of the demolition, 8.1.14
A residnet from ‘Ein Karzaliyah against the background of the community's herd, 8.1.14


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