The village, part of which was annexed to East Jerusalem but left on the West Bank side of the separation barrier, has over 50 pending demolition orders. Israel has not approved any building permits since 1967. By Aviv Tatarsky Israeli bulldozers demolished four homes in the Palestinian village of Walajeh early Monday morning. The homes are on the West Bank side of Israel’s separation barrier, but technically inside the boundaries of the Jerusalem municipality. Israeli forces wounded at least seven Palestinian residents resisting the demolitions. [tmwinpost] Israel annexed the northern part of Walajeh, which has around 100 homes, to Jerusalem…Read More... | 1 Comment
Israeli forces are preparing to demolish and displace the entire Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar. European diplomats attempt a solidarity visit but aren't allowed to enter. The demolition is part of Israel's 'E-1' plan to dissect the West Bank, isolate East Jerusalem. By Oren Ziv Israeli police and army officials showed up in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar with bulldozers and other heavy equipment for the second day in a row on Thursday, preparing for the impending destruction and forcible displacement of the entire village. [tmwinpost] A dozen Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists tried to block one of the…Read More... | 60 Comments
The occupation takes many forms in Jerusalem, none more pressing and fundamental than housing inequality between Jews and Palestinians, and the continual home demolitions carried out in the east of the city. By Uri Agnon Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced last week, just ahead of this weekend's anti-occupation protest in the city, that he is seeking a further term in office. Barkat has made the concept of “Jerusalem, the united capital” into the centerpiece of his mayorship, and with Saturday's demonstration marking 50 years of occupation, the coalition organizing the protest has a duty to treat Jerusalem as a symbol — just as Barkat…Read More...
Israel has not slowed down its demolition of Palestinian structures in the occupied territories in 2017, after a year which saw a record number of buildings destroyed. Demolitions of Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2017 have so far continued at much the same rate as in 2016, a year in which Israel destroyed a record number of buildings in the occupied territories. [tmwinpost] In January alone, Israeli forces have demolished 121 structures in the West Bank and 16 structures in East Jerusalem, according to figures from the United Nation’s humanitarian agency that were provided to +972.…Read More... | 3 Comments
An increase in building permits for Palestinian structures in Area C of the West Bank is not what it seems. It is, in fact, part of the Israeli government's process of concentrating Palestinians in order to make room for settlements to expand. By Alon Cohen-Lifshitz It's the responsibility of anyone who wants to build a house to follow the law. For any type of construction work to be carried out, one must request a permit in accordance with a detailed, approved master plan. In fact, illegal construction goes on in all areas under Israeli control. The majority of these offenses — around…Read More...
The non-stop incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel from both the government and media prove the need for a new kind of resistance. It’s time for a change of direction. If the Israeli radical left and the Palestinian leadership were strategically smarter about opposing the occupation, they would have made into an artform the incitement, slander and vilification that Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan has been orchestrating this past week against Palestinian citizens of Israel, the residents of the Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran and a Bedouin man, Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an. [tmwinpost] As a reminder, Erdan’s mini-campaign began on Wednesday,…Read More... | 18 Comments
When the bulldozers turned up in Umm el-Hiran last week, they were accompanied by hundreds of armed Israeli police, who locked down the village as residents were forced to watch their homes being destroyed. By Michal Rotem “It was the first time that the police had acted so violently towards us. We knew the night before that there would be home demolitions, but we didn’t know that such a large number of security forces would arrive so early in the morning. I left the house and saw the whole village filled with armed police officers.” A resident of Umm el-Hiran,…Read More... | 4 Comments
Over 5,000 Arabs and Jews gather in Wadi Ara, northern Israel, to protest against recent home demolitions in Palestinian communities. Photos by Keren Manor, text by Yael Marom More than 5,000 Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel converged on the town of Ar'ara in the Wadi Ara region of northern Israel on Saturday, to protest a recent slate of home demolitions targeting Arab communities in the country. Particularly in focus were Wednesday's demolitions in the Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran, prior to which Israeli police shot to death village resident Yaqub Abu al-Qi'an as he was driving, and whose vehicle struck…Read More... | 9 Comments
Israeli authorities begin demolishing the Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran in preparation for its replacement with a Jewish town, following violence which left a Bedouin man and an Israeli police officer dead, and a Palestinian MK wounded. Photos by Keren Manor and Faiz Abu RmelehRead More... | 20 Comments
The people of Umm el-Kheir, a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, live under the constant threat of demolitions carried out by Israeli forces, as well as harassment from the army and settlers. On International Human Rights Day, residents and activists spoke about the struggle to access basic rights under occupation. Read more: Home demolitions are organized state violence Finding Sisyphus in the South Hebron HillsRead More... | 1 Comment
Senior army officer testifies to Knesset committee that building enforcement is 'far more severe against Palestinians' than Jews. There are over 11,000 Israeli demolition orders pending against Palestinian-owned structures. The Israeli army demolishes Palestinian homes in the West Bank at disproportionately higher rates than it demolishes Jewish settler homes, a senior Israeli army officer told a Knesset sub-committee on Wednesday. The admission demonstrates yet another way in which Jews and Palestinians are held to different legal standards, and often different legal systems in West Bank. “Our enforcement against Palestinians is hundreds of percentage points higher [than against Jews],” Maj.-Gen. Yoav…Read More... | 4 Comments
Israel demolishes 235 Palestinian structures in the West Bank in February — the highest monthly total for at least seven years. Israeli forces demolished 235 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank in February, according to the UN's humanitarian agency, the highest such figure since it started keeping record in 2009. In all, UN OCHA confirmed to +972 Magazine, the demolitions displaced 331 Palestinians, including 174 children, and otherwise affected a further 740 Palestinians. [tmwinpost] March began as February ended, with Israel demolishing 41 structures in Khirbet Tana, located southeast of Nablus in the West Bank, displacing 36 people including 11…Read More... | 10 Comments
Over 500 Palestinians have been displaced by the demolitions since the start of 2016, the vast majority of them in the West Bank. Israel demolished 313 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem between January 1 and February 15 2016, more than half the total such number in all of 2015. More than a third of those demolitions were carried out within the space of a week, between February 9 and 15, according to the UN's humanitarian agency, OCHA. [tmwinpost] The intensive rate of demolitions since the start of the year is in marked contrast to a relative…Read More... | 36 Comments
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