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  • First demolition in Nabi Saleh: Warning shot or ominous sign?

    Four years ago, the residents of the village received demolition orders, but they were never carried out. On Monday, bulldozers razed an uninhabited house. Now the villagers, who have been protesting every week since 2009, fear that the army will carry out the rest of the demolition orders to collectively punish them. "When we started the demonstrations five years ago, we knew we would have a heavy price to pay," says Manal Tamimi, a resident and activist in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. "Not just with violence and home demolitions, but also with our lives." She…

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  • Why the Arabs are coming to Tel Aviv

    It used to be that when Israel demolished Arab homes there would be a spontaneous strike and reactionary protest in some of the Arab cities. But there is a new political force leading Palestinian citizens of Israel, and this time, the protest is coming to Tel Aviv. The average Israeli does not understand the dramatic changes taking place in their own back yard — in Arab society. Snippets of  information about Arab society’s agenda — house demolitions, a march here, a protest there — appear in the Hebrew media every once in a while, sparingly. The way that the Arabs relate to the…

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  • WATCH: Israel demolishes homes in unrecognized Palestinian village

    Bulldozers knocked down three buildings in the village Dahmash, just 20 minutes from Tel Aviv, contrary to a High Court ruling.  By Rami Younis and Haggai Matar Israeli bulldozers demolished three structures in the unrecognized Palestinian village Dahmash, near Lyd (Lod in Hebrew) on Wednesday morning. The demolition took place despite both a High Court decision that called for a mutual agreement and a demand by the Lod District Court that the State delay its demolition plans. The homes were uninhabited at the time of the demolition. [tmwinpost] The demolition began at 4 a.m. and was accompanied by a large…

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  • WATCH: How many riot cops does it take to evict a single mother?

    The Naqib family has lived on their land since before 1948. Many Palestinian families in the city live in what the State calls 'illegal conditions' — and under the constant threat of demolition — because they cannot attain building permits for their homes. By Rami Younis Hundreds of police officers descended on the Al-Karm neighborhood of Lydd (“Lod” in Hebrew, “Lydda” in English) Tuesday morning in order to evict single mother Hannah al-Naqib and her four children from their home, and to demolish it. Police blocked off the surrounding streets and prevented local residents from approaching while they were forcibly…

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  • [VID] Street talk: What do you think about home demolitions?

    Whenever there is a terrorist attack in Israel, somebody on the political level starts talking about demolishing the terrorist family’s home as punishment and deterrence. Social TV hit the streets of Tel Aviv and asked the public what they think, and put that against Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions chairman Jeff Halper. More on punitive house demolitions: Rights groups to top court: Home demolitions are collective punishment Punitive home demolitions are racist — and just plain wrong

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  • Why the EU needs to rein in Israel's settlement policy

    An Israeli academic makes the case for Europe to contain Israel’s settlement policy with greater determination and more concrete measures. By Nurit Peled-Elhanan Times are very tough for both Israeli and Palestinian families. The death toll in Gaza currently stands at more than 1,000, the majority of whom are civilians. The death toll in Israel stands at 43, three of whom are civilians. Three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank. A Palestinian youth from Jerusalem was burned alive by Jewish extremists. Dangerous and violent racism against Arab-Israeli citizens encouraged by Israeli ministers and parliament members has led…

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  • PHOTOS: In recognized Bedouin village, police make life unbearable

    More than 10 years have passed since the Israeli government officially recognized the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj. Yet it refuses to install new infrastructure, hands out demolition orders and does everything in its power to prevent the growth of the village. Photos and text by Keren Manor / Activestills.org and Mareike Lauken We're sitting in the Adisan family's living room, viewing the video recordings of the security cameras installed by the family around its property. The videos show four men exiting two commercial vehicles and entering the family's yard. "It's as if they were breaking and entering. They didn't…

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  • Palestinian family struggles to survive after repeated home demolitions

    The Jordan Valley village of Hadidiya is no stranger to human rights violations by Israeli authorities. This is the story of one family whose life and livelihood have been affected by home demolitions, time and time again. By Nancy Hawker “Watch out! The bulldozers and the jeeps are coming.” Shirin Salamein heard the warning from one of her neighbors as she finished milking her sheep and goats close to her home. She lives in the village of Hadidiya, behind the Israeli settlement of Ro’i in the West Bank. “I was about to start making cheese, and there was not enough…

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  • PHOTOS: Forced to live in a tent, Palestinian family celebrates Eid al-Adha

    In the Jordan Valley, it is virtually impossible for Palestinian families to get the permits to build a home: their buildings are demolished and they are forced to live in tents and tin structures with no electricity or water. Illegal Jewish settlements, however, are rarely demolished and are connected to the electricity and water grids. Activestills joins one family that has been living in a tent without basic services for 10 years as they celebrate the first night of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Samiha and Suleiman Shalalda live with their five children in a tent on the edge…

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  • House demolitions: Zionism's constant background noise

    Hardly a day goes by without the State of Israel demolishing an Arab home between the Jordan River and the sea. The hum of bulldozers is the constant background noise of Zionism. Listen to it for a few moments. By Idan Landau, translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman When people summarize the Zionist project, with the fanfare of victory or the gloom of defeat, one thing will be certain, they will be puzzled over one strange mystery. How could so many people associate Zionism with creation and construction, and not with regression and destruction. After all, in parallel with the endless…

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