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  • Settlers illegally expand West Bank race track in IDF firing zone

    Since +972 Magazine visited the site earlier this year, the track has been paved — despite an Israeli army order to stop construction. The Israeli military often uses firing zones to displace Palestinians. Israeli authorities have continued illegally building a state-of-the-art race track in the West Bank, despite IDF stop-work orders issued earlier this year. [tmwinpost] In February, +972 Magazine reported that the track was being constructed just north of the Petza’el settlement in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank, on a large tract of land near Wadi al-Ahmar and Route 505. The only catch: the track is…

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  • In five-year high, Israel demolishes 143 Palestinian structures in single month

    Israel demolished 143 Palestinian structures in August, the highest such total in five years. The wave of demolitions came amid severe heat waves and has left children homeless as they start the new school year. Israel demolished 143 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the month of August, the highest such total in five years, according to statistics released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA-oPt). The wave of demolitions has displaced nearly 200 Palestinians, many of them children. Some of the highest concentrations of demolitions occurred during a record-breaking heatwave…

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  • IDF displaces 10 Palestinian families to conduct military drills

    The IDF orders Palestinian residents from the northern Jordan Valley to evacuate their own homes in order to make way for military drills, which have previously damaged farmland and infrastructure. The Israeli army evacuated 10 families in the community of Khirbet Humsah in the northern Jordan Valley on Wednesday morning, according to the Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem. The evacuation was ordered so that the military could conduct training exercises near to the families' homes, on land owned by the residents of the community. [tmwinpost] B'Tselem further reports that the families were requested to leave at 6 a.m., and only…

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  • Hundreds of Palestinians displaced in Jordan Valley by IDF 'training exercises'

    Dozens of Palestinian families in the Jordan Valley were displaced last week by huge military drills conducted by the Israeli army. The disruption, and damage left behind, are representative of the wider problems of dispossession and control experienced by Palestinians living in this part of the West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley were last week displaced by "unprecedented" training exercises conducted by the Israeli army. The drills, which according to witnesses involved over 100 military vehicles, including helicopters, officially started on May 3; however, communities in the northern Jordan Valley had noticed an increase in the military presence…

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  • WATCH: Environmental groups fear firing zone will fall prey to developers

    For 60 years, the Israeli army has held onto six sought-after kilometers of some of the country’s most beautiful coastline. As some of the area is returned to the public in the coming years, local authorities will be burdened the heavy cost of cleaning up a wasteland of munitions. Environmental groups are gearing up for a fight against real estate developers in order to keep the sand dunes and beaches public and hope to protect the delicate ecosystems. Related: 1,500 Palestinians face expulsion to make way for IDF 'Firing Zone 918'

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