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Israel Doubled the Destruction of Palestinian Structures in the Beqaa Jordan Valley

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Statistics on home demolitions in Area C prove that over the past year, the Civil Administration stepped up its efforts to remove Palestinian communities from the Jordan Valley by demolishing their homes.

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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday February 7, 2014, 5:34 am
Photo by Michal Fattal

Story by By Amira Hass | Feb. 6, 2014 | 9:30 AM

The International Committee of the Red Cross has stopped providing emergency tents to Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley whose homes have been demolished by Israel.

The aid organization made the decision after its officials learned that in recent months, the army has methodically kept the tents from arriving at their destination, confiscating or destroying them. Conversations with officials in the Civil Administration, the Israeli military authority that governs the West Bank, made it clear to the Red Cross that the Israeli authorities were determined not to change this policy and that they would keep preventing the tents from reaching the affected communities. At the same time, a breakdown of the data on demolitions carried out by Israel shows that the number of demolitions in the Jordan Valley is increasing.

While the Red Cross did not announce its decision officially, its spokesman, Ran Goldstein, confirmed to Haaretz that it would continue providing emergency items, such as mattresses, field kitchens, blankets and personal hygiene kits, but would no longer provide tents. Still, he said, the Red Cross would continue providing emergency tents elsewhere in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, where the Israeli authorities demolish homes.

Statistics on home demolitions in Area C prove that over the past year, the Civil Administration stepped up its efforts to remove Palestinian communities from the Jordan Valley by demolishing their homes. The statistics, complied by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, show that the number of buildings the Civil Administration demolished in 2013 — 390 — was more than double that of 2012 — 172. Of the 390 buildings that Israel demolished in the Jordan Valley in 2013, 156 were residential buildings while the rest were structures such as livestock pens, storage sheds and field kitchens. In the rest of Area C, Israel demolished 52 residential buildings and 123 other buildings. In East Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities demolished 52 residential buildings and 46 ancillary structures — 663 buildings in all. In 2013, 1,103 Palestinians, including 558 children, lost their homes as a result of the demolitions. In the Jordan Valley alone, 590 people, including 297 children, lost their homes because of Israel’s policy.

The Red Cross’s decision is a blow to the herding and farming communities (some of them Bedouin, others not) who live in the area. Thanks to emergency assistance from the Red Cross, which includes food, and later assistance in water, food and other equipment from other organizations, most inhabitants have managed to stay in the Jordan Valley despite the repeated demolitions. The provision of emergency humanitarian equipment to communities affected by natural disasters or violent conflicts is one of the declared missions of humanitarian groups like the Red Cross.

On January 30, 2014, the army and the Civil Administration destroyed almost all the tents and huts of the herding community of Umm al-Jamal in Ein al-Hilweh in the northern Jordan Valley. The demolition left 66 people, including 36 children, homeless. Hamza Zbiedat, a resident of the Jordan Valley and a field researcher from the Ma’an Development Center, was there the day after the demolition, when the soldiers came back to make sure there was no attempt to rebuild. He told Haaretz that when he heard one of the residents asking the soldiers, “But where will I go?” and the soldier replied, “To Tubas” — in other words, to a salient Area A that is under the civilian responsibility of the Palestinian Authority. Residents of the herding community whose homes had been destroyed told Zbieidat they could not migrate elsewhere in the Jordan Valley, as they had been able to do in the past, “because every place is declared a closed military zone.” Zbiedat also said he had noticed in recent months that other aid organizations and the Palestinian Authority had struggled to reach communities in the Jordan Valley to provide replacement equipment because the army prevented them.

Civil Administration officials said the buildings were demolished because they had been constructed without permits. Palestinian Authority officials believe the demolitions are a unilateral measure, while in the opinion of the European Union and international aid organizations, the demolitions are a violation of international law, because the Palestinians are a protected population living on occupied land. On February 4, representatives of EU countries in Jerusalem and Ramallah published a press release “expressing concern” over the demolition of most of the buildings in Umm al-Jamal. The text reads, in part: “These demolitions come in addition to other recent demolitions, such as the demolition of a home and a caravan in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina on 27 Jan, which resulted in the displacement of 19 people, including 11 children. On 29 January, 2 houses and one animal barn were demolished in the village of al-Jiftlik al Musafah, rendering two families homeless.”

The press release reiterated the EU’s stance that the demolitions are an act of forced transfer, and that in the past (May 2012 and December 2013), the EU council “expressed grave concern at house demolitions and called upon Israel to meet its obligations regarding the living conditions of the Palestinian population in Area C, including by halting the forced transfer of population and demolitions of Palestinian housing and infrastructure.”

The text of the EU statement:

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah are seriously concerned by the demolition of nearly all structures in the herding community of Ein Al Hilweh / Um Al Jamal in Tubas District on 30 Jan, which resulted in the displacement of 66 people including 36 children These demolitions come in addition to other recent demolitions, such as the demolition of a home and a caravan in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina on 27 Jan, which resulted in the displacement of 19 people, including 11 children. On 29 January, 2 houses and one animal barn were demolished in the village of al-Jiftlik al Musafah, rendering two families homeless.

As in their statement of 19 December 2013, the EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall the 16 December 2013 Council Conclusions as well as the 14 May 2012 Council Conclusions, in which the EU expressed grave concern at house demolitions and called upon Israel to meet its obligations regarding the living conditions of the Palestinian population in Area C, including by halting the forced transfer of population and demolitions of Palestinian housing and infrastructure.


Gary L (138)
Friday February 7, 2014, 6:43 am
sadly my friend no one ever holds Israel accountable for their crimes against humanity

Sandrea S (278)
Friday February 7, 2014, 7:16 am
What Gary said above is the sad truth.

Civil Administration = oxymoron?

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday February 7, 2014, 9:17 am
Israeli occupation raid and evict Palestinians from Ein Hijleh

Press Release

Friday 7, February 2014

Hundreds of Israeli forces have raided Ein Hijleh village in the Jordan Valley and evicted all its residents violently around 1:30 am and declared the village a closed military zone. And it is estimated that between 200-250 Palestinians were in the village at the time of eviction.

35 Palestinians were injured and taken to Jericho hospital after the eviction. At the time of the raid Israeli forces fired large amounts of sound bombs to scatter the crowd that gather at the center of the village while many women and children were automatically evicted from homes and tents where they were asleep.

Israeli forces have attacked the residents of Ein Hijleh by beating them up, kicking them and pushing them to the ground and into the fire.

The residents of the village were transferred after the eviction with Israeli occupation military buses while being humiliated and mocked by the soldiers on the bus. The residents of Ein Hijleh where transferred to the entrance of Jericho and were received by Palestinian security forces and taken to the center of Jericho city.

Israeli forces have also attacked journalists and medical teams in the village at the time of eviction including a cameraman from Palestine TV who was pushed from one of the rooftops to the ground and one of the medics from the medical relief team was hit with a riffle on his chest.

Several Palestinians were arrested at the time of eviction and were later released at the entrance of Jericho.

The activist from the popular struggle committee in AlMasara Mahmoud Zawahreh said that the activists have managed to revive the village and although they were evicted from Ein Hijleh but the Israeli occupation failed to evict the village and the great work achieved from the hearts and minds of Ein Hijleh residents.

Activist from the popular struggle from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem Monther Amira said that the eviction will not end the work of the activists in the Jordan Valley, he added “we will continue with our campaign Melh AlArd (Salt of the Earth), and the revival of the village was only the start to our work in the Jordan Valley, we will continue our work and we will remain to be the salt to this earth working against Israeli policies in all of Palestinian lands especially against the Judaization and annexation of the Jordan Valley.

List of the injuries taken from Jericho hospital:

Bade’ Dwaik 41 years
Mohammad Musa Da’ajneh 25 years
Mohammad AbdelKarim AlKhatib 25 years
Abdel Majeed Omar 22 years
Mohammad Nae’m Hasan 29
Maher Taher Samara 29 years
Mohammad Saeed Abu Gharbieh 19 years
Baha Jalal Tamimi 26 years
Ziad Abu Ein 54 years
Ramzi Mohammad Abu Sa’da 30 years
Abdel Majeed Bassam Omar 22 years
Maher Nayef Saleh 47 years
Murad Mohammad Omar 25 years
Sami Ahmad Di’es 25 years
Mahmoud Ahmad Ismail 29 years
Marwa Jihad Samhan 23 years
Waed Basem Tamimi 17 years
Ashira Ali Ramadan 29 years
Mahmoud Naser 21 years
Nibal Mohamad Abd Rabu 24 years
Fadi Methqal AlJayousi 34 years (Palestine TV cameraman)
Suhaib Rafe’ Sawafta 22 years
Ma’en Jamal Daraghmeh 25 years
Ahmad Daraghmeh 21 years
Mohannad Abdel Fatah 23 years
Anas Mahmoud Zghaiar 18 years
Karam Akram Zghaiar 23 years
Ala’ Zghaiar 25 years
Hasan Othman Faraj 33 years
Hamza Hasan Jawabreh 20 years
Osama Hasan Na’amreh 20 years
Islam Saleh Tamimi 18 years

Angelika R (143)
Friday February 7, 2014, 9:52 am
What another unbelievable incident and crime. What, if anything, is the Red Cross going to do about it? Business as usual cannot be the only answer. This cannot possibly stand as it is-again NO OUTCRY by the world community, UN, EU? The latter definitely needs to interfere and redraft their earlier statements of "grave or serious concerns"- show ACTIONS, not words only!

Sue H (7)
Friday February 7, 2014, 10:18 am
Appalling that the global community turns a blind eye.

Sandrea S (278)
Friday February 7, 2014, 10:23 am
How do we know if/when our brother Abo is okay...

P A (117)
Friday February 7, 2014, 11:19 am
This is appalling - I can just about understand the Red Cross's actions - especially if their tents are being stolen and don't ever arrive at their destinations - but it is still appalling and in no way is helping the wrongfully evicted Palestinians. The Red Cross have got to stand up and criticise the Israeli Army who are behaving in this utterly inhuman way - as have all the other aid organisations. They must!

fly b (26)
Friday February 7, 2014, 2:56 pm
Why does Amnesty International and Amnesty USA NOT speak out all this time????
Thie Israeli regime is not being held accountable. USA must stop sending billions to Israel, an oppressive non democracy that violates Palestinian human rights, steals from American taxpayers (thanks to the Jewish lobby and AIPAC)to carry out atrocities for 67 years.
There is to be accountability to the American public for this abuse and violation by Israel of the U.S. 'AID' TO Israel - which denounced the settlements, specifically, in addition to the expropriation of Palestinian land.
The pressure has to be on Obama, the administration, and all members of congress and state senators!

Abo r (107)
Friday February 7, 2014, 2:57 pm
Thanks Abdessalam for posting and forwarding.
Thanks sandrea S for your concern

This is The IDF , Do you surprise ??? Why??
The US, UK, EU and canada leaders are having a black dark glasses and do not see and they are hard hearing even they are not welling to listen when it comes to the IDF acts...... it is their endless support which encourages the IDF to act as what he wants no control and over the law.

fly b (26)
Friday February 7, 2014, 2:59 pm
Thank you for posting Abdessalam. Americans must be informed. The Israel boycott will continue; the pressure is on.

Sandrea S (278)
Friday February 7, 2014, 3:05 pm
Noted, tweeted and got retweeted. Also tweeted out list of companies to boycott (Again.)

Always good to see you, Abo.

Thanks for this news item, Abdessalam.

fly b (26)
Friday February 7, 2014, 3:14 pm
"How much and what kind of aid does the U.S. provide Israel?"


Past Member (0)
Friday February 7, 2014, 5:22 pm
A disgrace is what this is. I don't see an end to the Nazi occupation. Israel's 2 best buddies that being Canada+the US need to take off their blinders. Thanks 4 posting.

Sherri G (128)
Friday February 7, 2014, 9:01 pm
This inhumanity to another person or country must not stand. I hold the Red Cross to a higher standard and we all must stand tough against this organization should they refuse give tents unconditionally to anyone homeless. I support and always have a two state resolve that offers Palestinians and Israelis equal opportunities. There is no justification for tearing down homes and anyone who thinks there is needs to suffer the loss of their home to guarantee their understanding of the situation. It is unimaginable for Jews (who lost everything including their homes in WWII) to justify destroying their neighbors' homes. This inhumane act is a political solution not unlike the one Nazis perpetrated against the Jews. Red Cross when you act inhumanely and/or politically we are bound to NOT give you a cent.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 4:32 am
Thanks Sandrea for mentioning BDS movement ( Boycott, Divest, Sanctions ) . This brave movement must continue and spread all over the world. I believe this might be the most effective way that might lead to great pressure on the Zionist entity ,Isolating it and forcing it to apply all UN resolutions about the Palestinian question.

Since last July, Secretary of State John Kerry has been engaged in the most sustained, intensive U.S. diplomatic effort to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace since the Clinton administration.

As Kerry prepares to propose a framework agreement this spring, will the United States finally succeed in achieving this elusive goal after failing in more than twenty years of talks?

Based on recent leaks from the negotiating teams, the answer is most likely no. Kerry is reportedly pushing an agreement which would annex to Israel almost all the population of its illegal settlements, leave intact Israel’s apartheid wall, deny Palestinians sovereignty over borders and airspace, leave a long-term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley, deny Palestinian refugees’ right of return, and recognize Israel as a Jewish state, thereby seeking to legitimize its discrimination against Palestinian citizens.

In other words, the United States is still pushing the same stale, discredited ideas which would sustain, not end, Israel’s apartheid policies toward the Palestinians. Today, the United States remains as complicit as ever in supporting Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.

This is a story that we need to communicate to to all people of the world , and to mobilize them to join us in continuing to build the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as it becomes by the day a more credible, viable and powerful strategy for attaining Palestinians rights.


Sandrea S (278)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 5:49 am
Why The Boycott Movement Scares Israel...

Sorry I don't know how to make a link clickable.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 1:23 pm
(Being sarcastic here) That makes a lot of sense.....stop giving out the very thing that they need to survive because someone else is stealing them........

Why doesn't the Red Cross SEND PEOPLE over there to distribute the tents/food/medical supplies/etc to ensure that the people get them? Oh, wait, that would be frikken LOGICAL. That can't happen. Plus they are afriad they may be caught up in the fray.....cowardly, but probably true.

Jaime A (51)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 1:50 pm

Courtney S. (0)
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Roger G (154)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 5:14 pm
spam flagged
noted, thanks

Barbara P (1069)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 6:37 pm
Noted ... Thank you for posting.

also flagged spam post by Courtney S.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 9:38 pm
Abdessalam, Palestinian squatters are not allowed to steal Israeli land to exactly as much, as they were not allowed to steal Palestinian land in Gaza.

Even Hamas upheld the rule of law and evicted Palestinian land thieves. Why do you demand from Israel to do less and NOT to maintain the law and not to protect of lawful land owners?

fly b (26)
Monday February 17, 2014, 11:37 pm
"One thing I know for sure: this incessant trashing of Kerry by Israeli ministers, and their demand that Palestinians halt all "incitement" - but that Israel be free to keep building settlements in their face - is not winning Israel friends in Europe or America."

-- New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, February 4, 2014

Sandrea S (278)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 3:06 am
Official hashtag for this year’s Israeli Apartheid Week is #apartheidweek

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 11:42 am
@ Bob
Land of Israel ? Wake up read history> Sorry I forgot that you don't like to read history. What about a newspaper? Yes it is an old one . It goes back to 1969 and it is an Israeli newspaper called Haaretz. Do you know it or have you ever heard of an Israeli newspaper called Haaretz.? Oh good boy! ! ! You know it. What a smart boy. An other question. Have you ever heard of a man or should we say one of Israel's founding fathers, a general whose name is Moshe Dayan? Great. Go back to that Israeli news paper and read that Israeli saying : “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because Geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either … There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.” (Moshe Dayan, Address to the Technion, Haifa, as quoted in Haaretz, 4-4-1969)
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