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  • IDF admits discriminating against Palestinians in home demolitions

    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…

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  • Diplomats, activists rally to save Palestinian village from 'forced transfer'

    Officials from the EU and the UN joined the Palestinian prime minister in the West Bank village of Susya, where 340 Palestinians are at risk of being pushed out of their homes. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the head of every European Union member-state mission to Palestine visited on Sunday the south Hebron Hills village of Susya, which is facing an imminent threat of destruction. [tmwinpost] The diplomatic show followed an Israeli High Court decision not to issue an injunction against the demolition of the village and the transfer of its residents. An appeal on Susya residents’ right to remain on…

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  • PHOTOS: Israeli forces kill Palestinian and bulldoze his family house

    In an overnight raid in the West Bank village of Qabalan, Israeli forces kill 24-year-old Palestinian Zakaria Al-Aqra and injure six others. They then bulldoze part of his family's house. Photos and text by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/ At about midnight on August 11, the Israeli army raided the West Bank village of Qabalan near Nablus. As clashes erupted with the local residents, the military focused its operation in the eastern part of the village on a hill called Al Qantara. Locals reported that they heard fierce exchanges of gunfire at about 2:00 a.m. as the army surrounded two houses of the Al-Aqra…

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  • Israel demolishes two Palestinian homes in Area C

    As America celebrated the re-election of Barack Obama, it was business as usual in Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank. At least two Palestinian homes were demolished today. The residents' 'crime?' They didn't have building permits, which are issued by Israel and are next to impossible for Palestinians to obtain.  According to Operation Dove, an Italian organization that maintains an international presence in the South Hebron Hills, one home was destroyed in Ad Deirat, while another house and a water cistern were destroyed in Jawwaya. Both villages are located in Area C of the West Bank, where Palestinians are under increasing…

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  • Photos: Palestinian house demolished for sixth time

    Beit Arabiya, a family home and peace center, had been rebuilt in July. At 3:00 a.m. this morning, Israeli forces demolished Beit Arabiya, the family house of Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh, for the sixth time. First built in 1994, it was rebuilt once again this summer by international, Palestinian, and Israeli volunteers organized by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), which has used the house as a peace center since 2003. From ICAHD's statement today: Beit Arabiya, located in the West Bank town of Anata (Area C) just to the northeast of Jerusalem, is a living symbol of resistance…

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  • WATCH: Bulldozers demolish Palestinian homes outside J'lem

    By Moriel Rothman Al-Khalayleh, Palestinian village near the settlement of Giva'at Ze'ev, outside of Jerusalem - A group of young men are swinging shovels and hammers at the walls of a house - their own house. They had watched as the bulldozers tore down their neighbors' homes and buildings early the same morning, and decided to destroy part of their house themselves. They were doing this, on one hand, to "not let the Israelis have the pleasure of doing it," they told me. But more than that, they were doing so with the hope that the authorities would decide that…

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