On the morning of 21 May 2014, five Civil Administration bulldozers accompanied by a considerable force of military and Border Police personnel arrived at the Palestinian community of Id’eis in the Jordan Valley. With half an hour’s notice, they demolished the homes of 10 out of 23 families and their livestock pens. The community has lived at this location since 1982.
The demolition is part of Israeli authorities’ efforts to expel thousands of Palestinians from their homes on various pretexts, in dozens of communities scattered throughout Area C. “Communities Facing Expulsion”, a new live blog B’Tselem launched today we will provide on-going updates from our field researchers on the current state of affairs in these communities and on attempts by authorities to expel them.
The photographs were taken by B’Tselem field-researcher ‘Atef Abu a-Rub and by B’Tselem camera volunteer Yusef Bani ‘Odeh, who lives in the neighboring village of Jiftlik. The captions are quotes taken from the testimony of Ne’meh Id’eis, a resident of Id’eis.
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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.