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The IDF demolished 55 structures in the Al Maleh area of the Jordan Valley last week. The demolitions, including over 40 family homes, left 187 people homeless and exposed to the winter elements.


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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:34 am
Did any member on care2 see the picture? This had been done by " The only democracy in the middle east ". Although at least five members had seen the picture before I come to this post, yet none of them posted a comment. What a shame !!!!
Thanks Christine for your courage. God bless you

Kit B (276)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:53 am

And...people wonder why the Palestinians are angry. Destroy my home and I too will be angry. Israeli leaders must have no vision of the future. Exclusion does last forever and the more Israel incurs on the borders the more the border lines disappear. Which leaves Israel with little choice in the future but to have one state ruled by the majority.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:55 am
Please read this report which had been published by "Humanitarian news and analysis"
a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

RAMALLAH, 18 February 2011 (IRIN) - Demolition of livelihood structures and drought are hitting already impoverished Palestinian communities living in Area C of the West Bank hard this year, according to UN agencies and international aid organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT).

Demolition of livelihood structures - including commercial structures, educational facilities, wells, water cisterns, water storage tanks, farmland and animal pens - by Israeli authorities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem increased by about 85 percent in 2010 and so far in 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told IRIN.

“Over 12,500 Palestinians were affected by the demolition of livelihood structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2010,” Ramesh Rajasingham, head of OCHA in Jerusalem, told IRIN, and “the majority of people effected, were impacted by the demolition of water cisterns in Area C.”

During 2010, 21 cisterns were demolished by the Israeli army, of which 9 were built thanks to funding from international donors. Of those demolished, 20 were in Hebron and one in Bethlehem, and two were built before 1948, OCHA says.

Cisterns - used to collect rainwater - are the only water source for livestock in these herding communities and the demolitions create economic hardship for thousands of people. During summer cisterns are also a domestic water source.

Forced to buy costly fodder, water

The West Bank is facing a rainfall shortage this season (September-March), which decreases grazing pastures and water levels in cisterns, forcing herders to purchase costly fodder and water from private tanks to sustain their animals, said the Palestinian Authority (PA) agricultural ministry.

About 150,000 Palestinians and 300,000 Israeli settlers - out of the West Bank’s 2.5 million people - live in Area C, according to UN estimates, while a total of 500,000 settlers live in occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank.

“My cistern was bulldozed by Israeli authorities without warning in December,” said goat herder Saleem Hadaleen, 32, from Khashem ad-Daraj in south Hebron. About 1,200 people live in his herding community.

“The Israelis claim they tacked a demolition order to the cistern, but I did not receive it,” he said, “and now the animals have to walk twice as far to reach a water source.”

Saleem and his flock have been forced to return home, struggling to support his family of eight.

Saleem and many community members say their proximity to the construction of the “barrier” to the southeast and the expansion of the Israeli settlement Karmel to the northwest account for the demolitions which are forcing them to relocate.

Livelihood structures demolished

Two hundred and ninety-four livelihood and services structures in the West Bank were demolished by Israeli authorities in 2010, including 240 in Area C and 54 in Jerusalem, said OCHA.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for oPt Max Gaylord told IRIN some 3,000 outstanding demolition orders remain for various residential and livelihood structures across the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“There is a clear increase in the demolition of livelihood structures in 2010 and 2011. This is happening mostly in the Jordan Valley, Area C, and in areas adjacent to settlements and the `barrier’ and in occupied East Jerusalem,” said Ghassan Al-Khatib, an official from PA prime minister Salam Fayyad’s office in Ramallah.

“Israel is trying to prevent economic and infrastructure development in these areas to reduce the Palestinian presence on the land to allow for further settlement expansion, and construction of the barrier,” said Al-Khatib.

Maj Guy Inbar, the Coordinator for [Israeli] Government Activities in the Territories, told IRIN: “In 2010, 172 warrants for the dismantling of structures [including houses] belonging to Palestinians were issued in Area C, an almost identical figure to the number of structures belonging to Israelis that were dismantled in the same time period.”

Another 150 such structures were removed from firing (closed military) zones, said Inbar.

“The legal standing of the firing zones is exactly the same for both Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.

Areas A, B and C

The 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (also known as Oslo II) categorized land in the West Bank into areas A, B and C.

According to the agreement, Area A is under the control of the PA, and Area B under the joint control of Israel and the PA. About 95 percent of the Palestinian population live in these two areas, though they make up only 40 percent of the land area.

In Area C, Israel retains military authority and full control over the building and planning sphere, while responsibility for the provision of services falls to the PA.

About 70 percent of Area C is classified as a firing zone, settlement areas, or nature reserves, and is inaccessible to Palestinians, said OCHA’s Rajasingham.

Yousef Hadaleen, `muktar’ (community leader) of Khashem ad-Daraj in south Hebron since 1979, said only two families and the elementary school are connected to a water network in his community located 3-4km from where the “barrier” will be constructed.

“The movement of our community is restricted within a master-plan given to us by the Israeli authorities in 2008,” he said.

“Herders move seasonally, and we are continuously fined 750 NIS [Israeli New Shekels, about US$200] by Israeli authorities for being in areas near the ‘barrier’,” he added.

However, even structures within the “master-plan” are not guaranteed security from demolitions, said Rajasingham.

OCHA is monitoring displacement risks for the population in Area C through community profiling exercises with other agencies.

Eight cisterns in the West Bank recently received demolition orders.

NGO dilemma

International NGOs working in Area C are struggling to find a compromise between meeting the emergency needs of the population, and building within the legal framework outlined by the Israeli Civil Administration, according to a recent study published by Italian NGO GVC.

NGOs want to rebuild livelihood structures, but fear they will be re-demolished.

UN agencies and aid organizations view Area C as one of the biggest humanitarian concerns in the West Bank due the threat of demolitions, lack of access to basic services, particularly water and sanitation infrastructure, and movement restrictions.

An inter-agency assessment in February 2010 found that 79 percent of the herding population in Area C is food insecure, citing the erosion of livelihoods due to a lack of access to land, and water scarcity, as the main contributing factors.


Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday January 28, 2013, 12:10 pm
Thank you Kit for your courage . Facts always prevails despite the Zionist propaganda and it's supporters dedicated efforts to silence brave people.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:13 pm
..correct Abdessalam, and that is why myself and christine have been posting about these facts. This post though is new to me, just saw it, so thanks Christine for sharing these pictures with us!.

These heartbreaking photos clearly testify Israel is waging continuous WAR on the Palestinians, nothing less.
Thanks again Abdessalam for reposting these documents here, perhaps some have not yet seen the reports
And I already agreed with Kit on my other posts, Israel is on the way of self destruction. Palestinians will soon be the majority of the population and will most likely provide the country's leader as well.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:22 pm
Look at their faces, they could be our own children or grandchildren, our Grandmothers and Grandfathers sitting in the cold. They are Human Beings and their basic rights as a Human Being has been taken from them. Shame falls upon those who would do this and leave the children and Elders sitting and living in such a way.

Kathleen B (37)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:08 pm
This is carefully planned and executed on-going, relentless genocide.

That these colonists were themselves recently victimized (in the 30's & 40's, makes it all the more inconceivable that they would inflict such severe persecution on innocent civilians, who have committed no crime, except being born Palestinian.

Israelis hold them in such racist contempt that they won't even call them by their proper name,deny them any identification, except for Arab or terrorist.

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:35 am
My never ends.

Can we start calling this genocide what it truyly is? A Holocaust. But I will get some backlash for saying that but, LOOK, open your eyes and your hearts. That is EXACTLY what is going on and has been going on for decades. What really gets me about this is MOST of the Jewish people in Israel are AGAINST what their government has been doing to the Palestinian people why is it still ongoing and never-ending? WHY???? This abomination MUST end. It must end soon or there won't be any Palestinian people left to have any lasting peace. This makes me so angry and frustrated. I cannot imnagine what the Palestinians are feeling. I cannot imagine trying the just LIVE through their nightmare of existance. Both sides need to find a way to stop this and bring a lasting peace for both their peoples before it is too late for either.

Abo r (107)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:24 pm
I just posted my post and submitted it !!!!! where it gone? what is going on here?
will post again

Abo r (107)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:49 pm
Thanks Christine and Abdessalam for posting and forwarding.
It is a heartbreaking situation reminds with 1948 expulsion of the FAlestinians from thier homeland , it is tha same organized plan to steal the land without people.
It is genocide, ntolerated acts the IDF practices against the FALESTINIANS .
IDF demolish , destruct huses ,buildings over the children , women, aged and pts. thinking that they will get rid , finsh the Falestinians existence which will never happen.....Just to remind (statistics I posted in previous posts) the IDF killed 194 during the attack against GAZA in 8 days and GAZA had 138 - 140 newborn daily during the 8 days attack in Nov. 2012.
President Obama must not look for being the hero of wars and get the war priz as he took the peace priz for nothing but he does many things for wars and killing ... history will never forgive him and his leadership and the EU leaders too.
It is time to correct the mistakes they did previously.

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:58 pm
It makes me so sad and disgusted with the world that these poor people are left homeless, and being killed off daily by Israeli Soldiers, I just don't get it, it was palestinians that owned the land all these years and yet the British and the US can come in and create land out of nowhere for Jews they didn't want to take back in. Sickening.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:35 pm
Israhell will get what is coming to them very soon as you reap what you sow! Karmic & Universal laws are all in place! May God Bless the Palestinians with strenght & courage to one day be free! As with US supporting this with Obama as President! Time for the people to stand up to injustice against the oppressors.

P A (117)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:25 am
"On January 17, the Israeli army destroyed 55 homes and animal shelters in the Al Maleh area. This large scale military operation happened simultaneously in two separate locations: Hamamat al-Maleh, and further up the valley in Al-Mayta. Al-Maleh and Al-Mayta are two marginalized villages located in the north of the Jordan Valley, near the Tayasir checkpoint.

Of the 55 buildings demolished, 23 were family homes: five in Hamamat Al-Maleh (leaving 37 people homeless) and 18 in Al-Mayta (leaving 150 people homeless). In addition, 33 other buildings used to shelter the communities’ animals were destroyed, as well as some water tanks. Two days later, on January 19, the entire village had been declared a Closed Military Zone and the Israeli army confiscated the community’s possessions, including food, bedding and tents that had been provided to the families by the Red Cross after the demolitions. However, the residents stayed and slept out in the fields with no shelter.

Both Al-Maleh and Al-Mayta, like many villages in Area C, have suffered a continuous pattern of harassment by the Israeli army. They have been subject to repeated demolition orders and only two weeks ago were forced to leave their homes for one night, purportedly due to Israeli military training."

This is CRIMINAL!!! How can they do this? This is facism pure and simple - no-one matters to the Israeli Army but they themselves. Utterly and completely DISGUSTING! (Green stars to too many people to count).
Thanks for this Abdessalam.


Parsifal S (99)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:43 am

Thank you Christine for posting, Henriette and Sir Abdessalam for sharing.

Israel, like so many other states in the world is close to a total collapse and despertly seek ways to distract it's own citicenry from the state of the country so it continues to create artificial enemies with the disguise of terrorism.

But not only that, in order to prevent the economy from a total collapse the settlement policy is even increased to have the construction industry employed by all means.

- For the price of destruction of the homes sof the innocent.

But this NaZi' -style genocide not only applies to the Palestinian Natives...
Israel set to uproot 30,000 of its own Bedouin citizens

Water unfit for consumption, what's next ?
Water in blockaded Gaza ‘not fit for human consumption’

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:54 am
Sadly Noted!!

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:52 am
972 is a virulent Islamist PR site, regularly posting lots of lies.

I didn't see any clarification of what is really happened in a reputable media yet. May be these was just another batch of unlucky land thieves, claiming victimhood just because they are Arabs,

Christine Linley (12)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:45 am
Bob you might find this Israeli report more believable , eventually you will realise what is being done to the Palestinian peoples. not suprized at your disbelief.....I couldn't believe it myself a few years ago

Wiping a Village Off the Map: The Destruction of a Herder Community in Northern Jordan Valley | ICAHD

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:46 pm
Thank you Christine. I don't expect an answer or comment from Bob A.. I even believe that he will pay an effort to search for the story you mentioned here. Haspara graduates don't do that. He may come up saying that" The Israeli Commission Against Home Demolition (ICAHD)" is not an Israeli organization. Here is, however, the story as appears on that organization website you kindly mentioned. Let it be available in full for commentators of this post specially Bob A.

Wiping a Village Off the Map: The Destruction of a Herder Community in Northern Jordan Valley
Publication date:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

by Heli Pekkonen

Eighty people are left homeless in Hammamat Al Maleh in the Northern Jordan Valley, after the Israel Defence Forces demolished homes and animal shelters of 11 families in the communities of Hammamat Al Maleh and Hammamat Al Meiteh, on January 17th, 2013.In the morning of the following day pillows, mattresses, kitchen stoves and clothes were piled around the village. People were homeless, animals without shelter and 55 structures were gone.

The place looked more like it had been destroyed by an earthquake than by people. On the morning of January 19th, IDF returned to the villages and confiscated what was left of the personal possessions together with 18 tents provided to the families by the Red Cross after the demolitions.

Hammamat Al Maleh, Al Meiteh and Al Burj are vulnerable herder communities in an equally vulnerable Jordan Valley, a place strategically important for Israel yet necessary for any future Palestinian state. It constitutes 29% of the West Bank and is fruitful agricultural land -- although 95 percent of the water resources are under Israeli control and is therefore inaccessible to the people. Israel uses different means to prevent the establishment of new Palestinian villages in the area while making life extremely difficult for those who stay. Not only does Israel control the water, but it has also declared 53% of the area ”state land”, another 46% military firing zones and has closed yet another 20% by declaring it a nature reserve. One doesn't need to be an expert in mathematics or in strategical planning to understand that the intent is to clear the Palestinians from the area.

For the past year the IDF has executed new forms of displacing people in the area through issuing ”temporary” eviction orders to allow for military training. On January 2-3, the IDF evacuated over 1000 people from their villages in Jordan Valley due to ”training,” including the communities of Hammamat Al Maleh and Meiteh. Ten families received demolition orders, which were executed two weeks later.

The communities are situated between Tayasir checkpoint, an Israeli military base and a road junction that is easily closed by the army. Around 7 am on January 17th, the army entered the village together with the Border Police and three bulldozers. As the people are living next to a military base, they are used to seeing soldiers and army vehicles every day, but according to one villager: ”This time the action of the army was worse than ever before. I've never seen so many soldiers, and they have never been as aggressive as they were this time.” Upon entering the village the army closed the Tayasir checkpoint and connecting roads to the west of the village. Hammamat Al Maleh was completely cut out of the rest of the West Bank and no humanitarian organizations or media were able to enter the area on the day of the demolitions. The villagers were asked to stand 300 meters away from the villages, where they were able to observe the destruction of their lives and homes but were unable to do anything to stop it. In five hours the demolitions were over. Estimates of the number of the soldiers vary between 300 and 1000, the situation being complicated and confused.

The next day International Committee of Red Cross, whose mandate is purely humanitarian and based on the Geneva Conventions, was able to deliver first aid tents for those whose homes were destroyed the day before. Putting up a tent on the ruins of your home is not exactly a happy ending.. The very next day, the IDF entered the villages once again, blocking the entrance and exit roads. This time they had fewer soldiers arriving in 65 army jeeps, but they were extremely aggressive. Instead of bringing in bulldozers they came with two big lorries and began gathering not only the ICRC tents but also all personal possessions of people whose homes were demolished. One of the farmers tried to protest and talked with an IDF soldier, who threatened him by saying: "If you try to put up more tents, we are not only going to confiscate them, but we will arrest you and take your sheep too."

Until now many of the villagers haven't put up any tents out of fear of arrests and more confiscations. The main income of the villagers are sheep and they can't afford losing their cattle. People are sleeping either with their neighbours, in open shelters or under the stars. The day after the confiscations the governor of Tubas, Marwan Tubas visited the area and asked the people stay in their villages in order to resist, The future of Hammamat Al Maleh doesn't look very bright as, according to the mayor of the village Aref Daragmeh, the whole village has demolition orders to be carried out by the end of April.


Dori Grasso (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:20 pm
These photos look nothing like demolition. They look like people posing in a landfill area where trash is dumped. Where is the rubble?

Where are the wealthy oil-rich nations in all this? They can't afford to house some of these people in better conditions? How much does one artificial island in Dubai cost to build? (Note: Palm Jumeirah cost US$52.3 billion to build.) And they can't afford to spend a few million building homes for every person in the West Bank and Gaza???

You should also be aware that the land was ENTIRELY owned and controlled by the Ottoman Empire until the end of World War I. The Palestinian peasants didn't own a single acre-- they were tenant farmers with absentee landlords. The land was legally bought and paid for by the Jewish Agency-- sometimes several times over, due to the corruption and bribes that the Turkish owners required. This is documented historical fact, not my opinion.

The Palestinian people have been used as pawns for literally centuries-- but by their Arab and Muslim "brothers," not Israel.

Parsifal S (99)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:08 pm

@ Dori G. Zero Friends:

Maybe you should learn history ?

Old Document Reveals Saudi Assured UK of Palestine

catherine Buchanan (113)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:47 pm
i don't understand why israel is being allowed to completely ignore nuremburg law, the 4th geneva convention and the united nations charter. the israeli army is carrying out violent terrorist acts against a civilian population and it needs to be recognized as such. the occupation itself is an act of terrorism.

Winn A (179)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:06 pm

Parsifal S (99)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:09 pm

@ Catherine Buchanan

Is Israel a member of the State Community ?

catherine Buchanan (113)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:27 pm
israel is an occupier and was established by the british according to the british mandate that was created by a bunch of people that did not live in the area in the early 1900s. you should read up on al nakba and irgun.

by the way, according to the 4th geneva convention, another document you should read extensively, it is against the law to take civilian lands in a conflict, such as a war, or in this case, an invasion.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:57 am
@ Dori G. writes "These photos look nothing like demolition. They look like people posing in a landfill area where trash is dumped. Where is the rubble? "
Okay Dori > What about these pictures which are published by the Israeli Commission Against Home Demolition ? You can watch them here

I am not sure if you will be back and deny these photos too . Will you?

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:02 am
Gloria picchetti
Israel is not building its settlements near the borders. It is building them on the Palestinian land that it occupies despite UN resolutions since 1967 till this moment. It is stealing the land .

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:06 am
I logged in to Gloria Picchetti profile to see who he she . This is what I got

"The profile you are looking for could not be found"
No comment from my side.

Christine Linley (12)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:30 am

Israel to demolish Palestinian neighborhood
Published Tuesday 29/01/2013 (updated) 31/01/2013 09:59
Israeli authorities frequently demolish "illegal" Palestinian structures.
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Tuesday delivered demolition notices to all Palestinian families in Fuheidat neighborhood east of Anata village in northeast Jerusalem, residents said.

According to the notices, residents can demur before Feb. 17.

A Ma’an reporter said about 200 Palestinians live in the neighborhood which is located to the west of a large Israeli military base called Anatot.

The Israeli forces plan to remove the neighborhood because it is close to the base.

In 2011 a young Bedouin girl suffered severe injuries after being shot in an incident her family blamed on the Israeli military, which denied involvement at the time.

In 2007 a Palestinian girl died two days after being shot by a border police officer near Anata.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:33 am
this really breaks my heart... I once saw about ten young IDF soldiers with bulldozers and chainsaws completely destroying one Palestinian family's olive grove, their livelihood for a couple of generations...... the agony of that family and the grandmother cursing them hysterically and the soldiers laughing and hitting the family members with rifle butts..... it left a scar in my soul, I will NEVER forget that feeling in my opinion of the IDF on one side and Palestine on the other hand got carved in rock that day.....

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:53 pm
A new Europe-wide petition has been launched to call for the EU to match its condemnations of Israeli violations with concrete actions. It calls specifically for a ban on settlement produce and an end to all EU financial transactions that support illegal settlements.

It asks our politicians to ensure that Israeli military and security companies, and other organisations working for or working in illegal settlements don't benefit from EU research funding.

Please sign the petition

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:06 pm
GENEVA The United Nations' first report on the broad policy of Israeli settlements concluded Thursday that the government's practice of "creeping annexation" clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and called for the country to immediately stop the practice.

In its report to the 47-nation Human Rights Council (HRC), a panel of investigators said Israel is violating international humanitarian law under the Fourth Geneva Convention, one of the treaties that establish the ground rules for what is considered humane during wartime.

The Israeli government has persisted in settling Palestinian-occupied territorities, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank, "despite all the pertinent United Nations resolutions declaring that the existence of the settlements is illegal and calling for their cessation," the report said.

Read more

Christine Linley (12)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:54 am
Thank you for the link to the EU petition, I have signed and forwarded it to family and friends.

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Sunday February 10, 2013, 4:20 am
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