Demolitions in the news - 2012

Bedouin village loses battle on demolition
Each weekday, 94 students from this Bedouin village, Khan al Ahmar, and surrounding villages make their way to the school. Many arrive at 6.30am, an hour and a half before the school opens.
But a Jewish settlement, Kfar Adumim, has been built above the village of Bedouins, who are also Palestinians.
The UN says 37 Palestinian schools now face demolition and since the mid 1990s Israel has issued 12,400 demolition orders against Palestinian structures.
The settlers want the "tyre school" demolished and Israeli authorities are pushing for the entire village to be moved from the Jerusalem area, even though the village was established in 1951 and the settlement in the 1980s.
The Austrailian, 29 September 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing Thursday for building settlements in east Jerusalem.
“It is a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people via the demolition of their homes,” Abbas said in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
Shortly after, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked Abbas in his own address to the assembly.
Washington Post, 27 September 2012

Aid groups appeal to Quartet to halt demolitions
The international Quartet of Middle East negotiators must take immediate action to stop 13 Palestinian villages from being destroyed and evacuated in south Hebron, a group of 30 international organizations said Friday. The rare appeal comes after several development agencies received demolition or stop work orders for aid projects in the area. Oxfam said it was given notice by Israeli authorities that it is not permitted to enter the villages to continue its development projects.
Maan, 21 September 2012

Israeli Court to Rule on Fate of Tire School
Israeli Supreme Court will rule on a petition by settlers demanding the demolition of the iconic car tire school, which is the only permanent structure in the West Bank Bedouin village of al-Khan al-Ahmar, according to a press release by the Jahalin Association. It said that Israeli Supreme Court will rule on a petition filed by settlers of Kfar Adumim demanding the demolition of a Bedouin school which is ecologically built of mud and used car tires. The school is attended by roughly 95 Bedouin children (grades 1-4), who are residents of the nearby hut village al-Khan al-Ahmar.
Wafa, 12 September 2012

Quartet action needed to stop Israeli demolition of Palestinian villages – Amnesty
The Quartet action is needed to keep Palestinian villages on the map, Amnesty inInternational and other human rights groups urged Friday. Demoltions have tripled in three years, with villages in Hebron Hills now under threat, the groups said in a joint news release here.
KUNA, 9 September 2012

Bedouin kids‘ school of hard knocks
In the twilight of the early morning, as the rising sun turns a nearby mountain a striking pinkish-red, Nujood emerges from the family shack ready for her first day back to school after the long summer holiday. The teenager is a member of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe which has been based in the West Bank since they were forcibly evicted from the Negev shortly after Israel’s creation in 1948.
Nujood greets us shyly as we sit with her father, Moussa, sipping sweet Bedouin tea in the family’s simple “garden,” the best the arid circumstances will allow. Despite the early hour, the 14-year-old, who is starting seventh grade, is excited about the prospect of resuming her education.
Haaretz, 6 September 2012

Palestinian bedouins return to threatened school
Dozens of children returned to school this week, taking part in an annual ritual that has taken on a special meaning in this Bedouin tent camp. The makeshift school buildings, cobbled together from mud and old tyres, were built over the objections of the Israeli authorities, who are now threatening to demolish the structures. Israel says it will not tear them down until alternative facilities are available.
AP, 5 September 2012

Israel threatens to demolish ‘illegal‘ Bedouin school
Israel has threatened to demolish a Bedouin encampment in the West Bank that contains a school, claiming that the community was built without appropriate permits and was hindering the development of new Israeli settlements. The Khan Al-Ahmar elementary school was built in 2009 with the help of local and international humanitarian groups. The clay-and-tires structure employed 11 teachers, and instructed students belonging to some five neighboring Jahalin Bedouin tribes. Israeli authorities have issued a demolition order, claiming that the encampment containing the school was built illegally.
RT, 3 September 2012

Israel orders demolition of 8 Palestinian villages, claims need for IDF training land
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the demolition of eight Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills because the territory is needed for Israel Defense Forces training exercises, the state told the High Court of Justice on Sunday.
Haaretz, 23 July 2012

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ACRI to High Court: Stop village home demolitions
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel released a statement on Sunday regarding its petition to stop demolitions of Palestinian residences in the village of Khirbat Zanuta in Area C of the West Bank. The petition, due to be heard July 30 before the High Court of Justice, was initially filed by ACRI in 2007 on behalf of the village residents. In response, the court then issued a temporary restraining order against demolitions by the state.
Jerusalem Post, 22 July 2012

Photo Essay: West Bank home demolished by Israel is rebuilt
International volunteers join Palestinians and Israelis to build ‘alternative facts on the ground‘ in defiance of Israeli demolition policy.
IMEU, 18 July 2012

Walls Of Palestinian Homes Come Tumbling Down
Israel has dramatically increased its demolitions of unauthorized Palestinian homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, according to a recent United Nations report.
Last year, 1,100 Palestinians — more than half of them children — were displaced, an 80 percent increase from the previous year. And demolitions this year continue at a high rate.
VPR, 14 July 2012

Municipality ‘hiding’ house demolitions in e. J‘lem
The Jerusalem Municipality has manipulated the statistics of housing demolitions in east Jerusalem to make it look like fewer are taking place, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The policy of not including “self-demolitions” – where Arab families are threatened with staggering fines if they do not demolish their own houses – in the official count, has allowed Jerusalem to present a picture of a dramatic decrease in demolitions during Mayor Nir Barkat’s term.
Jerusalem Post, 13 July 2012

UN demands Israel halt demolition of Palestinian homes
Nasser Nawajeh, a resident of Susiya, explaining that the military and settlers destroy his family’s water wells on a regular basis. Photo by Patrick S. Strickland
An independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday demanded that Israel immediately stop tearing down Palestinian homes, noting that the number of people affected by the demolition of Palestinian buildings has risen by 87 percent compared to last year.
Bikya masr, 28 June 2012

The Struggle of South Hebron Hills Village to Keep living on its Land
On the only road that connects the area of Massafer Yatta with the city of Yatta and the rest of the West Bank, a tractor was carrying building material towards the village of At-Tuwani. It was June 8 and at 8 p.m. two jeeps from the Israeli army were waiting for it. The tractor driver was stopped and forced to go back.
After a while the soldiers stopped another tractor and order the driver to turn back, but this time the driver refused. The soldiers then surrounded him and forced him to wait for the police.
Wafa, 28 June 2012

Israeli demolitions: “Number of Palestinians affected has increased by 87%” – UN Special Rapporteur
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, warned Wednesday that the number of people displaced by the demolition of Palestinian structures has increased by 87% compared to 2010. Mr. Falk also demanded that the Israeli Government immediately stop demolishing Palestinian homes and start fulfilling its obligation to protect the right to housing. “Already this year, Israeli authorities have demolished over 330 Palestinian structures, including homes, animal shelters, water cisterns and roads,” the human rights expert said, and stressed that half of the 536 Palestinians who have been displaced in 2012 are children. “Such demolitions amount to violations against 2,100 Palestinians who have been affected.”
OHCHR, 27 June 2012

West Bank hamlets share name, not fate
Susiya the Israeli settlement enjoys well-watered lawns, humming electricity, and the protection of a mighty state. One rocky hill away, Susiya the Palestinian village is parched and doomed. The cluster of around 50 breezeblock hovels and tents, erected without the elusive building permission of Israel‘s occupying authorities in the West Bank, has been condemned by the Jewish state‘s high court. It faces imminent demolition.
Reuters, 27 June 2012

UN human rights expert demands Israel halt demolition of Palestinian homes
An independent United Nations human rights expert today demanded that Israel immediately stop tearing down Palestinian homes, noting that the number of people affected by the demolition of Palestinian buildings has risen by 87 per cent compared to last year.
UN News Centre, 27 June 2012

PA condemns Israeli plans to demolish West Bank village
The PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday condemned Israel‘s decision to demolish a Palestinian village in Hebron. On June 12, Israeli forces handed Susiya -- which is flanked by an Israeli settlement of the same name -- demolition orders for each of its 50 buildings, a week after Israeli authorities agreed to halt all construction in the area in response to a petition filed by a settler group
Maan, 25 June 2012


Video: Demonstration against demolitions, Susiya, West Bank
IMEU, 23 June 2012

Hundreds protest at Palestinian hamlet set for razing
Hundreds of Palestinians and peace activists on Friday held a protest at the West Bank village Susiya, which Israel has recently served demolition orders. An AFP correspondent said over 500 people demonstrated at the site, located in the southernmost part of the West Bank, carrying signs against the evacuation and demolition of the 50 structures comprising the hamlet. The Israeli army and border police were present in large numbers, the correspondent reported, adding there were minor clashes between the sides.
AFP, 23 June 2012

Activists protest plans to raze West Bank hamlet
Hundreds of Palestinians and peace activists Friday held a protest at the West Bank village Susiya, for whom Israel has recently served demolition orders. An AFP correspondent said over 500 people demonstrated at the site, located in the southernmost part of the West Bank, carrying signs against the evacuation and demolition of the 50 structures comprising the hamlet. The Israeli army and border police were present in large numbers, the correspondent reported, adding that there were minor clashes between the sides.
Daily Star, 23 June 2012

Hundreds protest West Bank village demolition
Hundreds gathered to protest against Israel‘s demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank on Friday, with some confrontation with the Israeli army.
Israel declared that the majority of the village of Susiya, south of Hebron, should be destroyed as they had been erected without its permission.
If the orders are carried out, about 50 structures, effectively the entire village, will be demolished, with much of the land expected to be given to a nearby illegal Jewish settlement.
Al Akhbar, 22 June 2012

Palestinians protest Israeli demolition orders
International solidarity activists alongside Palestinians rallied in the village of Susya, in the southern Hebron Hills of the West Bank in protest against the demolition orders handed out by Israel to the Palestinian residents of Susya.
Press TV, 22 June 2012

Palestinian village faces demolition by Israel
Palestinians in this hamlet have clung to their arid acres for decades, living without proper electricity or water while Israel provides both to Jewish settlers on nearby hills. But the end now seems near for Susiya: Demolition orders distributed last week by the Israelis aim to destroy virtually the entire village.
CBS, 21 June 2012

Palestinian Village Faces Demolition By Israel
The village of Susiya is under threat of being totally demolished by the Israeli authorities. On Tuesday, 12 June 2012, Israel‘s Civil Administration distributed demolition orders to over 50 structures in the village. There are also demolition orders for a shop, a clinic, a community center and solar panels.. The residents did appeal and obtained a two-weeks freeze order. The village of Susiya, located in area C, is surrounded by settlements and has faced countless attacks by settlers and harassment by the Israeli army.
Associated Press 20 June 2012-06-28

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Why Susya is "Illegal"
Israel plans to demolish the entire village of Susya. Defending the proposed demolition, the "Defense/Security" section of the settler news site Arutz Sheva (they file anything relating to Arabs under "defense" or "security") calls Susya an "illegal Arab outpost in the southern Hevron Hills." Their arguments are lousy and typical apologetics for Israel’s unjust land policies in the West Bank.
Daily Beast, 20 June 2012

Susiya: Another Casualty of Israeli Occupation?
Last week Israeli military forces delivered demolition orders to the residents of Susiya, a small village in the South Hebron Hills. The villagers were told that they have illegally erected over fifty buildings without the permission of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Counterpunch, 19 June 2012

Israeli military orders demolition of West Bank village
The Israeli military has delivered demolition orders to the residents of Susiya, a small village nestled between Israeli settlements, illegal outposts (settlements considered illegal by the Israeli government), and larger Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills. Susiya, which is in Area C of the West Bank, is being accused of illegally building over 50 homes without permits from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
Bikyamasr, 16 June 2012

Israel plans to move West Bank Bedouin
Travellers on the busy four-lane highway that tumbles from the heights of Jerusalem, east to the Dead Sea, might have noticed through car windows the dilapidated Bedouin encampments of metal and plastic sheeting that dot the steep, usually bone-dry hills. Most, however, paid no attention at all. Eight months ago, the roar of an Israeli armoured bulldozer signalled an end to Bedouin anonymity. The tractor razed five homes at the edge of Khan Al Ahmar, one of 20 West Bank hamlets inhabited by Bedouin of the Jahalin clan.
The National, 10 June 2012

‘Increase‘ in West Bank demolitions, says United Nations
There has been a big increase in the number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank which have been demolished by Israeli forces, according to figures released by the United Nations. Much of it takes place in what is called Area C, which covers more than 60% of the West Bank, and where Israel maintains complete control.
BBC, 29 May 2012

Barghouti slams Israel‘s demolition plans in East Jerusalem
MP Mustafa Barghouti on Wednesday said Israel‘s decision to demolish seven homes in East Jerusalem was a "declaration of war" on the Palestinian people. The Palestinian National Initiative secretary-general said the demolition orders were part of Israel‘s "race against time" to Judaize Jerusalem by imposing facts on the ground.
Maan, 3 May 2012

Nowhere to Call Home: The Plight of Israel’s Bedouin Communities
Italian photographer Giuliano Camarda visited the Arab al-Jahalin tribe of Palestinian Bedouins in October 2011 and discovered what he describes as a people who have shown great determination and impressive resilience despite their hardships. He documented the lives of the residents in his stark and riveting “Forced Ethnic Relocation” photo essay.
ABC, 1 May 2012

UN condemns recent demolitions of Palestinian homes
UN agencies on Sunday condemned Israel for recent home demolitions in the West Bank which they say resulted in the displacement of 67 Palestinian refugees, more than half of whom are children.
Jerusalem Post, 23 April 2012

UN: Israel Displaced 67 Palestinians In A Week
Israel forcibly displaced 67 Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem over the last week, UN agencies said Sunday.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces evicted two Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina. Jewish settlers moved into the homes the same day.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli authorities destroyed the homes of seven families in al-Khalayleh in East Jerusalem, displacing them for the third time in six months.
Eurasia Review, 23 April 2012

UN says Israel destroys Palestinian Bedouin homes
UN agencies in the occupied West Bank said on Sunday that Israel last week destroyed 21 homes of Palestinian Bedouin refugees, making 54 people including 35 children homeless.

A joint statement from the refugee agency UNRWA and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs condemned the April 18 demolition of the structures at Khalayleh north of Jerusalem, along with the removal the same day of refugees from two houses in annexed east Jerusalem.
AFP, 22 April 2012

UNRWA, OCHA Condemn Forced Displacement of Refugees in West Bank
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) condemned the displacement of 67 Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank by Israeli authorities, Sunday said a joint press release.
Wafa, 22 April 2012

Center: Israel orders demolition of electricity company
Israel‘s Civil Administration on Wednesday handed a demolition order to an electricity company in the southern West Bank, the Land Research Center said. The power company, in Umm Sidra near al-Ramadin village in the Hebron district, has supplied electricity since 2006 to 25 homes in the neighborhood, which is close to Israel‘s separation wall.
Maan, 19 April 2012

From Yamit to the Jordan Valley, the IDF continues to force Arabs from their homes
Three decades after the IDF expelled Bedouins from Sinai, destruction and demolition of Arab homes continues throughout the West Bank.
Haaretz, 16 April 2012

Israel demolishing solar panels, depriving Palestinian of electricity
Hundreds of Palestinians will be left without electricity should Israel’s order for the demolition of 8 solar panels in the West Bank go ahead, in what many say is an attempt to drive Palestinians out of the Israeli-controlled part of the territory. “We are suspended between heaven and earth; the solar panels were a glimmer of hope for us,” Ali Mohamed Ihrizat, the village head of Imenizil, one of the places where the solar panels are scheduled to be demolished, told Agence France-Presse.
Ya Libnan, 18 March 2012

Palestinians prepare to lose the solar panels that provide a lifeline
Two large solar panels jut out of the barren landscape near Imneizil in the Hebron hills. The hi-tech structures sit incongruously alongside the tents and rough stone buildings of the Palestinian village, but they are fundamental to life here: they provide electricity. Imneizil is not connected to the national electricity grid. Nor are the vast majority of Palestinian communities in Area C, the 62% of the West Bank controlled by Israel. The solar energy has replaced expensive and clunky oil-powered generators.
Guardian, 14 March 2012

lsrael threatens to demolish rural West Bank electrification project
Israeli scientists defying military occupation restrictions have brought a great leap forward to the lives of traditional Palestinian herders in a remote corner of the West Bank. Over the last several months, tent dwellers in this hamlet on a rocky hillside south of Hebron have been brought out of the dark ages by Comet-Middle East, a German-funded project headed by two Israelis that affords them electricity for the first time through solar panels and wind turbines.
Christian Science Monitor, 12 March 2012

US-funded project for children demolished in East Jerusalem
Israeli bulldozers entered the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan, East Jerusalem on Monday and demolished a US-funded community space known as "cultural café", says a recent press release by the California-based Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). In their 15 February announcement, MECA stated that, "the Jerusalem Municipality and the National Parks Authority carried out the demolition with Israeli police officers closing off the street and preventing some nearby families from leaving their homes while the demolition was underway."
Ahram, 16 February 2012

Bedouin community wins reprieve from forcible relocation to Jerusalem garbage dump
The Bedouin community that lives just east of Jerusalem will not be required to move next to the Abu Dis garbage dump, as initially proposed, and the Civil Administration will provide another permanent site where they will be able to settle.
(Note: This decision appears to affect just a couple of hundred people, while over two thousand still face relocation to areas near the rubbish dump in Azariheh, near Jerusalem. The decision and its details need to be properly confirmed and verified by the international community with the Israeli authorities.)
Haaretz, 6 February 2012

Israel to Demolish 11 Buildings near Hebron
Israeli authorities Tuesday handed Palestinians demolition notices of 11 residences and establishments in Khallet al-Dar, a locale north of Yatta south of Hebron, according to a local activist.
Wafa, 10 January 2012

Israel razes four Palestinian homes near Jericho
Israeli troops on Thursday demolished four villas near the ancient city of Jericho, which Israel said endangered a nearby archaeological site, sources on both sides said.
An AFP correspondent at the scene said the villas, which are located in Ad-Duyuk at-Tahta northwest of the town, were owned by Palestinians living in Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Locals at the scene said the villas had been demolished because they were built without a permit.
AFP, 6 January 2012

UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk Talks About Palestine‘s Bid for Statehood (Part 1)
It is that Palestinians continue to endure the ordeal of occupation. But in addition to that, they lose land, they lose control over part of East Jerusalem, they suffer from house demolitions and confiscation of residence permits. It‘s been a very hard experience for those that have initially been very dedicated on the Palestinian side to a negotiated approach to ending the conflict.
Huffington Post, 6 January 2012

New segment of West Bank security fence may separate nuns from monks
Sister Adriana sat in a nicely furnished room, calmly explaining her world view. A minute later, she found herself outside the monastery fence conducting a lively debate with a group of soldiers and a Defense Ministry contractor who were examining the site - a preliminary stage before building the fence. At the end of a short discussion the contractor handed her a demolition order for two old buildings in the courtyard of the monastery, where the fence is supposed to pass.
Haaretz, 5 January 2012

Lawmaker Condemns Israeli Decision to Demolish Crossing in Gaza
Chairman of the Popular Committee against the Siege on Gaza, lawmaker Jamal al Khudari, Monday condemned the Israeli authorities’ decision to demolish Karni (al-Mintar) commercial crossing, east of Gaza, according to a press release issued by Khudari’s Gaza office.
Wafa, 2 January 2012

Israel destroys storage containers in East Jerusalem
Israeli forces destroyed storage containers and confiscated commercial goods belonging to Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Thursday, locals said.
Maan, 1 January 2012