Articles in the House Demolitions Category

Arrest, House Demolitions, Jordan Valley »

30 Sep 2013
Village Destroyed by Israel Declared Closed Military Area

From Ma’an News:

JORDAN VALLEY (Ma’an) — Israel’s army on Monday declared the Jordan Valley village of Makhoul a closed military area, a local council official said.

Aref Daraghmeh, the mayor of al-Malih and al-Madarib villages, said that Israeli forces set-up road blocks at the entrances to the area to prevent anyone from reaching it, official agency Wafa reported.

Israel’s army is expecting Palestinian and international activists to visit the area to show solidarity with residents of Makhoul, who were forcibly displaced after Israel demolished their village in the northern Jordan Valley on Sept. 16.

The demolition forcibly displaced 10 families, including 16 children, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of … Continue reading

Direct Action, House Demolitions, Naqab, Other, Prawer Plan »

5 Aug 2013
Thousands protest against Prawer Plan on August 1, 2013

Thousands gathered on the afternoon of August 1 to protest what is widely considered to be a continuation of the Nakba. Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals gathered everywhere from the West Bank, to Gaza, to within the Israeli border, and beyond at international solidarity demonstrations.

Demonstrations marked three years since the first demolition in the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Naqab desert. Because of the “unrecognized” status of the village, demolitions have continued. The Prawer Plan proposes to remove Bedouin citizens of Israel from their homes and push them into planned communities, which policy makers claim will improve their lives. However, Bedouin communities are protesting in an effort to protect their indigenous ways of life. They do not wish … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, House Demolitions, Night Raid, Soldier Violence »

2 Nov 2012
A Mother’s Story

Mohammed, Khatab and Raneem had been missing their father while he was away from home. Now that he was home they finally had a rare chance to play games together, talk about the celebration of Eid, what they did at school and to eat a family dinner together. The children could go to bed with smiles on their faces. Their nice dreams abruptly turned into a nightmare.

In the early hours of Tuesday 30th October a contingent of over 100 Israeli soldiers surrounded the house of Waheed Abu Maria in the small farming village of Beit Ommar, south of Bethlehem.

Waheed is an activist who has spent lengthy periods in … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, House Demolitions, Night Raid, Soldier Violence »

31 Oct 2012
Occupation Forces Demolish Parts of a House During Night Raid

On Tuesday 30th of October at 1.30 a.m. Israeli occupation forces invaded the village of Beit Ommar. One hundred soldiers with ten jeeps and a bulldozer laid siege to the home of Waheed Abu Maria.

When the occupation forces arrived, they fired live ammunition, sound grenades and tear gas at the house of Waheed and the neighborhood. The tear gas got into the surrounding houses where children were trying to sleep.

Waheed’s brother, Falah, heard the shooting and he rushed to the location. He tried to negotiate with the soldiers and suggested that his brother could come … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, House Demolitions »

21 Sep 2012
Fire at a House Threatened With Demolition

On Wednesday 19th of September at 5 a.m. the home of Mohamad Abdulmajid Arar, his wife Fatima and their six children caught fire. The house is located in the south of Beit Ommar close to the colony of Karmei Tsur. Palestinian fire trucks and police, both from the village and Hebron, came to extinguish. Luckily there were no Israeli occupation forces to stop the firefighters from doing their job considering the home is in area C.

None of the family members were home when the fire broke out but the fire department was alerted by a neighbour. Mohamad was at a hospital in Jordan with his sick daughter and returned to a ruined home Wednesday afternoon.

The fire caused severe … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Farming, Features, Hebron District, House Demolitions »

11 Sep 2012
Two Families Receive House Demolition Orders

On the 22. of August, 2012, Israel issued a demolition order to Jawad Awad and his wife Melal for their home and a water pool. Jawad and his family live in area C, witch constitutes more than 60% of the West Bank. Most constructions in area C face the threat of being demolished if it is newly built, expanded or just repaired; anything that Israel can see as an improvement. The possibility of getting a permit from the Israeli Occupation Authorities to build is nearly nonexistent, therefore most Palestinians go ahead and build without permission.

Despite the house being more than fifteen years old, only the top two floors are new, however, the demolition order is for the entire house and … Continue reading

Hebron District, House Demolitions, Susiya »

29 Aug 2012
Occupation Destroys Tents and Wells, and Settlers Burn Vehicles, in Hebron

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On Tuesday morning (28/08/12), Israeli occupation forces demolished 5 tents and 3 wells in Znota and two tents in Susiya, south of Hebron. Settlers also burned 3 cars near the town of Seir, situated east of Hebron.

Local sources said that a force of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by a bulldozer, demolished 5 tents and 3 wells in Khirbet Znota and, over the course of the demolition, beat a number of citizens who were protesting against this action.

According to sources, this property is owned by Oudah Abu Sharkh, Adeis Abu Sharkh, Nabil Smamrh and Mohammed Khaled Smamrh. In Susiya, two tents, which were home to Mohammed Moussa and … Continue reading

Hebron District, House Demolitions, Politics, settlement expansion »

29 Aug 2012
Um Elkhair: Hard Conditions Due to the Israeli Occupation

In Um Elkhair, a village in the South Hebron Hills, the people face a daily existential struggle caused by the Israeli occupation.

What strikes you the most when entering this area is the coexistence, separated by few meters, of two totally different worlds. The chain-link fence holds back leafy green trees and bushes, which give way to a rocky, dry and barren landscape. The discrepancy between water supplies for Palestinians and colonists is a nationwide problem but in few places is it as stark as Um Elkhair.

While the colonists have lush, green gardens the locals Palestinians have no other option then to travel over 2 km, daily, to get water for … Continue reading

Features, Gaza, House Demolitions, Politics »

29 Aug 2012
Israeli Court Says Rachel Corrie was Not Unlawfully Killed

An Israeli court rejected on Tuesday, the 28th of August, accusations of negligence over the 2003 killing of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.

Corrie’s family filed the lawsuit in the northern Israeli city of Haifa in 2005, accusing Israel of intentionally and unlawfully killing their 23-year-old daughter and failing to conduct a full and credible investigation.

In a lengthy ruling read out to the court, the judge said the state was not responsible for any “damages caused” as they had occurred during what he termed war-time actions. He called Corrie’s death a “regrettable accident”.

“I reject the suit,” the … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, House Demolitions »

25 Aug 2012
Further House Demolitions Ordered in Beit Ommar

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Further House demolitions are set to take place after Israeli occupation authorities issued demolition orders for two homes in Beit Ommar, Hebron on Wednesday. The Israeli Civil Administration officials, accompanied by soldiers, issued the orders to Younes Z’Aqeq and Jawed Awad, whose homes are located near to the Karmei Tzur colony. Z’Aqeq and Awad have all the legal documents required to prove ownership of their land. These new demolitions follow the news, in June, that