On Monday, 22 February 2021, at around 9:00 AM, Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort to the community of Khirbet Humsah al-Foqa in the northern Jordan Valley, where Israel has destroyed structures five times in the past few months, most recently on Feb. 16 2020. The forces dismantled and confiscated 12 tents that housed families numbering a total of 74 people, including 41 minors, as well as four tents used as livestock pens. The forces also destroyed six livestock enclosures and confiscated four water tank trailers and an additional four plastic water tanks. The forces also confiscated four unbuilt tents, two of which were set to be used for housing and two for livestock.
The tents and other items were donated to families in the community by the ICRC, the Consortium and the Ministry against the Fence and Settlements in the Palestinian Authority last week.
On Sunday morning, 14 February 2021, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort to Khirbet Beit ‘Einun in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces blocked the entrances to the community and uprooted some 300 forest tree seedlings that activists and Tubas council workers had planted after Israeli security forces uprooted and cut down more than 3,000 trees in the area on 27 January 2021.
Later that day, at around 2:00 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort to the community of Khirbet Humsah al-Foqa, where Israel has demolished structures four times, starting with the demolition of the community on 3 November 2020. The forces roamed among the tents set up after the latest demolition on 8 February and threatened the residents they would soon return to demolish their homes.
On Tuesday, 16 February 2021, at around 11:00 A.M., military jeeps arrived at the community during a visit by diplomats from France, the UK and Poland who had brought with them equipment donated by the West Bank Protection Consortium. The forces confiscated two tents the residents had managed to erect and three tents they had not yet pitched.
On Wednesday, 10 February 2021, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military escort and a bulldozer at the Marj Na’jah area in the Jordan Valley. The forces demolished concrete-and-metal agricultural pool owned by an area farmer, after the Civil Administration delivered him a demolition order a week ago by power of Military Order 1797. .
Later, at around midday, the forces arrived with three diggers and two bulldozers at the community of Khirbet ‘Alan in the al-Jiftlik area of the Jordan Valley. There, they demolished three agricultural pools owned by two community residents after the Civil Administration delivered them demolition orders a week ago by power of Military Order 1797. The Civil Administration destroyed irrigation networks belonging to one of the farmers on 1 June 2020.
On Wednesday morning, 10 February 2021, Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort to Khirbet a-Tawamin in the South Hebron Hills and confiscated an outhouse. They then continued to the western part of Khirbet Susiya, where they confiscated a tent that was home to a family of six, including four minors. The forces went on to Khirbet a-Rakeez, where they confiscated an outhouse and three tents, two of which were being used to host activists following the grave injury of community resident Harun Abu ‘Aram (24) at the hands of Israeli security forces on 1 January 2021. The erection of the third tent was underway. From there, the forces continued to the community of Um al-Kheir and confiscated two gas pumps. Finally, they reached the community of Khallet al-Furn, where they dismantled and confiscated a shack under construction.
On Monday, 8 February 2021, at around 9:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military escort, a bulldozer, and two trucks at the community of Khirbet Yarza, which also lies in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces demolished two prefabs that served as the home of two families numbering 11 people, including seven minors. They also demolished a shack used to house livestock. In late September 2020, the forces demolished the homes of the same families. Since then, Humanitarian aid organizations have donated the new prefabs to the families. In January 2021, The Civil Administration delivered them a warning order to stop destroying antiquities.
On Monday, 8 February 2021, at around 11:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came for the fourth time with a military escort, a digger and a crane truck to the community of Khirbet Humsah al-Fouqa in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces declared the community a closed military zone and dismantled nine tents that serves as the homes of 11 families numbering 61 people, including 33 minors. The tents were donated to the community last week by the Red Cross. The forces dismantled and confiscated 12 additional structures, including shade sails, shacks used for storage, and a water container. They also demolished five livestock enclosures. The shacks and enclosures were donated to the community by the Palestinian Authority’s National Commission agianst the Wall and the Settlements.
In addition, the forces confiscated three vehicles that do not belong to the community: a tractor owned by the local council, a vehicle owned by the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation, and another vehicle owned by the National Commission against the Wall and the Settlements.
On Wednesday, 3 January 2021, at around 4:00 P.M, Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military and Border Police escort, and two diggers at the community of Khalet al-Furn, east of the village Bani Na’im in Hebron District. The forces demolished a concrete home under construction owned by a Hebron resident.
The next day, Thursday, 4 January 2021, at around 7:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with a Border Police escort, a bulldozer and a digger at the community of Khallet Taha near the town of Deir Samit, east of Hebron. The forces demolished a concrete home that was home to a family of seven, including five children. In addition, the forces destroyed power lines and confiscated a disassembled tent and rolls of barbed wire.
On 3 February 2021, two days after the last demolitions, at around 8:00 A.M., four Civil Administration vehicles arrived with an escort of some 30 Border Police officers and soldiers, bulldozers, buggers, and crane trucks at the community of Khirbet Humsah al-Fouqa. The forces demolished seven residential tents that served nine families, numbering 61 people, including 33 minors, five tents and two shacks that served as livestock enclosures, and three livestock pens. The forces also confiscated four portable toilets, three dismantled tents, and demolished two portable toilets and two tents that served as Tabun ovens. In addition, they confiscated one vehicle owned by a Palestinian human rights activist and another by the Palestinian Authority's National Commission against the Wall and the Settlements. Towards the end of the incident, clashes ensued between residents and the Israeli forces, and a soldier was injured lightly by a stone. The soldiers and Border Police did not open fire.
At around 6:00 P.M., the forces returned to the community and confiscated nine tents, six of which were dismantled, and disassembled barbed wire fences. The forces also confiscated two vehicles belonging to the Palestinian Authority's National Commission against the Wall and the Settlements and detained several residents and activists for about two hours.
On Tuesday, 2 Feb. 2021, at around midday, four busloads of soldiers and dozens of heavy military vehicles, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, drove up to “Firing Zone 918” and parked along its boundaries. The next day, at around 1:00 A.M., the forces started shelling practice that lasted until the early morning hours. The explosions and sounds of gunfire caused great fear among area communities, and especially the neighboring community of Khashm a-Daraj.
At around 6:00 A.M., the forces entered the community of Khirbet Jenbah in Masafer Yatta, drove among homes and near the community school and trampled fields of wheat and barley. They damaged a cave that one of the families used for storage, as well as a power cable leading from the village’s solar panel system to the mosque and the medical clinic, a water pipe serving one of the families, and the pathway connecting the community to Khirbet Bir al-‘Eid. From there, the forces continued north, trampling the fields of residents of Khirbet Bir al-‘Eid and Khirbet Susiya. They left the area at around 2:30 P.M.
On Monday, 1 February 2021, Israeli forces confiscated most of the residential structures and livestock pens in the community of Khirbet Humsah. The community was already demolished on 3 November 2020, while the world was focused on the US elections. Yesterday, the Civil Administration dismantled and confiscated the following equipment: Thirteen tents that were home to 11 families, numbering 74 members, including 41 minors; two of the families had relocated temporarily to the Furush Beit Dajan area after their homes were demolished in November 2020. Five shacks, one not yet built, and eight tents, all used for livestock.
Israel’s regime of occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end the occupation, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.