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Israel Delivers Demolition Orders to Bedouin Families Near Jerusalem

World  (tags: Bedouin population, communities displaced by Israeli forces, evictions, Jabal a-Baba, Israeli illegal settlement building-expa, Maale Adumin, Negev settlers, racism-discrimination, ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, landtheft, force )

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Israel is trying to displace the community of Jabal al-Baba to expand the nearby settlement of Maale Adumim.


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fly bird (26)
Monday April 14, 2014, 7:48 pm
Jerusalem, Ma'an -- Israeli forces and civil administration officers handed demolition and eviction orders to Palestinian families in East Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Popular committee spokesman Hani Halabiya told Ma'an that civil administration officers delivered the orders to families in the Jabal al-Baba neighborhood east of al-Ezariya.

Bedouins from the Jahalin tribe live in homes made of steel, wood and tin boards as well as tents in Jabal al-Baba hill, Halabiya said.

He highlighted that civil administration officers with Israeli troops ordered the families to demolish 18 dwellings measuring 80 square meters each. Families were also notified that they must stop construction of four more steel structures.

Israeli forces, added Halabiya, demolished seven structures in Jabal al-Baba a week ago. Four structures were used as dwellings and three were cattle farms. The Israelis cited construction without license as pretext for demolition.

Israel is trying to displace the community of Jabal al-Baba to expand the nearby settlement of Maale Adumim.

In the 1950s, the al-Jahalin community was forcibly displaced from its ancestral home in the Negev desert and resettled east of Jerusalem.

Israeli forces displaced groups of the community in the 1990s to make way for the Maale Adumim settlement.

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday April 14, 2014, 9:34 pm

Kenneth Davies (0)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:05 pm

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:14 pm
Sadly noted. PEACE!

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:14 pm
And they wonder why the Palastinians keep attacking them.

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 11:24 pm
The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The First Book of Moses, Called
Abram and Lot Separate

11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
14 ¶ And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. Acts 7.5

16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

This contract was for Abraham’s full-blooded Jewish seed and not for the Egyptian-Jewish seed. Remember, the bondwoman, Hagar, and her son, Ishmael, were cast out and were excluded from this verbal contract!!!
The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The First Book of Moses, Called
The Birth of Isaac

12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. Rom. 9.7 • Heb. 11.18

The land was Divinely Promised--and Biblically recorded--to Isaac’s seed and only his seed!!!

Alexa R (319)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:08 am
AWAY with the antisemitic comments on this reeking thread ..

In EU, UK and I'm sure everywhere else in the world, when people build without the necessary official paperwork, they get their structures demolished and get evicted .. Just last week a few Jewish residents in Jerusalem were evicted and their hones demolished too .. (But this will get ignored by the will fully blind antisemites ..)

And it may surprise some in their blind antisemitic hatred that in most countries, those who had their illegal dwelling demolished do not become terrorists .. neither these Jewish families who have recently faced the same situation than these Bedouin families ..

Alexa R (319)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:09 am
And another .. (These Jewish families did not become terrorists due to their awful experience either ..)

Jewish families entered Peace House in Hevron Sunday after a struggle that lasted many years. MK Orit Struk (Jewish Home) called the event a “day of celebration” and “a victory for Jewish justice over the Arab mentality of murder.” Other visitors, including activists Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover, were brimming over with joy and a feeling that a meaningful victory had been achieved.

The home, a large structure located along the strategic road that connects Hevron and Kiryat Arba, was purchased by a Jewish philanthropist and populated by Jewish families, but a court ordered the Jews evicted from the home five years ago pending completion of legal deliberations on the legality of the purchase. In December of 2008, the military forced the Jewish residents out and sealed the house.

In October 2012, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the house had been legally purchased, but Palestinian Authority Arabs who contested the ownership, encouraged by leftist groups, appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, and claimed that some documents of purchase had been forged.

In March of 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that the purchase was kosher and that the Jews may enter it. The Kiryat Arba – Hevron Local Council expressed great satisfaction with the decision, and demanded that Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon immediately allow residents to re-enter the house. The council also said that it was convinced that the decision would create a positive precedent regarding the return of Jewish families to another contested structure in Hevron, the Machpela House.

Gillian M (218)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 4:29 am
And jess brings an article about which she obviously knows nothing. The vast majority of East Jerusalem is built illegally because the Muslims living there do not have building permits.I do not know of any Western country that does not require a property in a city to have building permission. This is especially important in a country with few resources including land.

Then jess et all will start of water not getting through to people in places like Gaza and, again, I would point out that it does but the control is handed over to the local authorities, in this case the PA, who do not pass it on. But, the media is good, the fact that anything bad happens must be Israel's fault.

So, I read the article and behold, the Bedouin are trying to build a township of appalling conditions. A temporary accommodation in homes made of steel, wood and tin boards as well as tents. And jess approves of this appalling type of accommodation? What a nasty unpleasant person she must be to think that this is acceptable! The Israelis don't agree with jess, fortunately, and have built the Bedouin modern accommodation. I'm sorry jess, it must be awful to be forced to live in a nice flat rather than a tent or a temporary type of property. But I'm sure that you are nice and comfortable so it doesn't matter to you how others live just as long as you "protect their right" to live illegally and unnecessarily in uncomfortable and unhygienic conditions or as they are known, slums.

Try this on illegal settlements

Gillian M (218)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 5:05 am
Alexandra, you mean that people who live with the fact that their illegally built property was knocked down because they did not have the necessary and legal documentation do not all become terrorists? Oh dear. Now what excuse should they use?

An example of an illegal extension in East Jerusalem of Palestinian Arabs was over a basket ball court which prevented the school from extending, I suppose the headline would be Israelis wouldn't extend school for ?? whatever rubbish they can come up with. Not that selfish local resident's illegal extension blocked school's improvement and it would all be anti-Israel.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 3:51 pm
Jess - thanks for posting this info. It seems that the EU is not "amused" that building which they fund get destroyed by Israel - but that's nothing new. Here're some more details (

Israel occupation forces demolish EU-funded West Bank housing shelters

OccPalGaza / 5 days ago

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel has demolished several European Union-funded humanitarian housing shelters in a highly sensitive strip of West Bank land near Jerusalem, an EU official said Friday.

“On April 9, three of some 18 residential structures were demolished … in Jabal al-Baba,” an area outside the sprawling settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the EU’s delegation to the Palestinian territories told AFP.

The tin huts, used to house Palestinians made homeless by severe winter weather at the beginning of the year, were “partially funded by EU member states,” the official said.

Israel issued demolition orders on all 18 structures in February, the official said, and EU delegates “raised this with the Israeli authorities” both at that time of and after the demolitions.

The EU official said that there were ongoing discussions with Israeli authorities over the demolitions, but a report by EurActiv, a Brussels-based news service, said diplomats were demanding financial compensation.

“We should ask for compensation from Israel whenever EU-funded humanitarian aid projects are destroyed,” EurActiv quoted an anonymous diplomat as saying.

Israel’s military administration of the occupied Palestinian territories could not immediately comment on the demolitions.

The structures were located in E1, a highly contentious area in the West Bank east of Jerusalem.

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, an advocacy officer of the Jahalin Association representing Palestinian Bedouin, condemned the demolitions, calling E1 “Obama’s red line” for Israeli settlement construction.

Godfrey-Goldstein told Ma’an Wednesday that the demolitions were “presumably revenge” for the PLO’s decision to apply for applying for accession to 15 international treaties in late March.

Demolitions in E1

But demolitions in the area are not a new phenomenon. Popular committee spokesman Hani Halabiya told Ma’an Wednesday that Israeli bulldozers had demolished seven structures in Jabal al-Baba the week before. Four structures were used as dwellings and three were cattle farms.

Israel is trying to displace the community of Jabal al-Baba to expand the nearby settlement of Maale Adumim, Halabiya told Ma’an.

Additionally, on March 12, Israeli bulldozers demolished a residential building, a car wash, and a shop in Jabal al-Baba.

Israel has been planning construction in E1 since the early 1990s but nothing has ever been built there due to heavy international pressure. Plans for building 1,200 units unveiled in December 2012 were quickly put on the back burner after the announcement triggered a major diplomatic backlash.

The PLO says construction in E1 would effectively cut the West Bank in two and prevent the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 3:56 pm

As Uri Avnery so succinctly put it in the last Haaretz ad of April 11, 2014:

The danger of peace Has passed!

“The danger of peace
Has passed!”
A senior Likud member
Happily declared,
According to the media.

Netanyahu has won.
More such victories,
And we are lost.


Alexandra - I was alarmed by your remark: "AWAY with the antisemitic comments on this reeking thread .. " and kept searching the comment section but to no avail.

Would you mind to point the anti-Semitic comments out to me as this will definitely NOT be tolerated and flagged as inappropriate.

Thanks a lot!

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