Today, Wednesday, 24 October 2018, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel accompanied by soldiers arrived at the al-Mukasar community in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces delivered stop-work orders to eight tents and shacks that are home to seven families numbering 43 people, including 27 minors. The authorities demolished two of the families’ homes in 2016-2015. The forces also delivered stop-work orders for nine sheep pens.
Today, Thursday, 25 October 2018, at around 8:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel accompanied by Border Police officers and a truck arrived at the community of Wadi al-Qatif (Satah al Bahar), located on the side of Road No. 1, between the settlement of Mitzpe Yerhiho and a-Nabi Musa. The forces dismantled and confiscated a wooden, tin-roofed shack built two months ago where a couple from the community lived.
Today, Tuesday, 23 October 2018, Israeli Civil Administration personnel came with a bulldozer, a truck-mounted crane and a military-jeep escort to the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibziq, which is located north-east of Tubas. The troops dismantled and confiscated two pre-fabs that had been donated by a humanitarian aid organization. The structures served as the offices of the staff and teachers of the community’s school. The schoolhouse was built about a year ago, and has a student body of 24 pupils. In addition, the troops served three stop-work orders, and one order instructing the residents to quit the area, claiming they are situated on an archeological site.
This morning, 18 Oct. 2018, at about 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration officials came with a three-jeep military escort and two bulldozers to the village of Bardalah in the northern Jordan Valley. The force demolished a shack that was home to a family of six, as well as three livestock pens and three tents used for storage.
On 17 October 2018, at around 4:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel escorted by soldiers and Border Police officers arrived at the village of Khallet al-Maiya, east of the town of Yatta, Hebron District, with a bulldozer. The forces demolished a newly built home that was still vacant.The forces then proceeded south toward Khirbet Susiya, in the South Hebron Hills, where they destroyed a livestock pen, and from there to Khirbet Ghuwein al-Fauqa, south of the town of a-Samu’, where they destroyed another pen.
On Thursday morning, 11 Oct. 2018, at approximately 7:30 A.M., Civil Administration officials came with a military and Border Police escort and two bulldozers to the village of al-Hadidiyah in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces demolished three huts that made up the home of a family of eight, four of them children, and a tent in which another member of the community lived. They also demolished a paddock and two livestock pens. The next day - Friday, 12 Oct. - al-Hadidiyah was declared a closed military zone from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. About ten soldiers, escorted by two police officers, came to the area and prevented Israeli human rights activists from helping the residents rebuild their homes. The soldiers arrested one of the activists.
Video filmed by 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem
On Thursday morning, 11 Oct. 2018, at approximately 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration officials came with a military and Border Police escort and two bulldozers to the area of al-Musafah, which lies east of the village of al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. The forces demolished a pre-fab that was home to a couple and their child, leaving them homeless. The forces also demolished three livestock paddocks. They then continued south to the community of al-Mahruq, which lies east of the village of al-Jiftlik, and demolished two tents that were the winter homes of two families - 15 people altogether, seven of them minors - and two livestock paddocks.
Today, Tuesday, 9 October 2018, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel, soldiers, Border Police and two bulldozers arrived at Khirbet al-Halawah in the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished three dwellings, donated to local residents by a humanitarian aid organization with European Union funding. The demolition left 21 people, including 13 children, homeless. The forces also confiscated four solar panel batteries and an electrical box donated to the residents by COMET ME, with funding from the Dutch government. Earlier this month, the Civil Administration and military confiscated a tent in the community, leaving homeless a family of six, including four minors. Ever since the 1990s, Israel has been endeavoring to drive out the residents of Masafer Yatta.
Yesterday, 2 October 2018, at around 3:30 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a Border Police escort and a crane truck to Khirbet al-Halawa in the area of Masafer Yatta, the South Hebron Hills. There, they confiscated a tent that was home to a family of six, four of them minors. The tent had been donated by an aid organization. Today, 3 October, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel with a police, military and Border Police escort and a crane truck came to Khirbet al-Mufaqara, also in Masafer Yatta. They confiscated a metal frame that was to be the base for a pre-fab. Since the 1990s, Israel has been systematically attempting to drive the Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta from their home
On Tuesday, 4 September 2018, at about 7:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel and laborers, accompanied by soldiers, arrived in Humsah a-Tahta in the northern Jordan Valley. They dismantled and confiscated a caravan belonging to the Bisharat family – the parents Khadijeh and Mahmoud and their three daughters. The caravan was donated to the family by the European Union after the Civil Administration demolished the family’s home in 2015. In 2017, the family was given a demolition order against the caravan, and fearing that it would be destroyed, they took it down it and moved in with Mahmoud’s parents. In August 2018, the family put up the caravan again with the help of volunteers.
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.