Demolitions in the news - 2011
East Jerusalem and Jordan Valley Demolitions Surge over the Past Week
The Displacement Working Group reports the following demolitions over the past week, as East Jerusalem demolitions surge once more.
In total, 1,082 people have been displaced this year, compared to 606 for the whole of 2010. More than 561 structures including 209 homes have been demolished.
ICAHD, 26 December 2011
EU voices protest over Israeli policies in East Jerusalem, West Bank
EU Ambassador tells foreign ministry EU concerned evacuation and demolition is part plan to expand Ma‘aleh Adumim in the E1 area and asked for clarifications.
Haaretz, 23 December 2011
Document - Israel/OPT: Further information: Palestinian families face renewed demolitions
The Israeli army has ordered the demolition of a further 21 homes and other properties in the Bedouin hamlet of Hadidiya in the Jordan Valley. Many of the structures at risk have been rebuilt following demolitions in June.
Amnesty, 22 December 2011
‘If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed‘
A strip of settlements built on what was northern Bethlehem threatens to cut the city off from its historic twin, Jerusalem. Despite Israel‘s building restrictions, Miranda Nasry Qasasfeh spent every weekend of the past year renovating a stone storehouse owned by her husband‘s family for 150 years. She built a new iron roof and had planted almond, plum and eskadinia trees, which were about to bear their first fruit. Hers was one of four Palestinian structures in al-Makour demolished on 12 December. Most of the trees were uprooted.
Guardian, 22 December 2011
IBSA asks Israel to stop settlement activities
United Nations: Voicing deep concern over the deteriorating Middle East situation, India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA), a group of emerging powers, has asked Israel to stop the "illegal" settlement activities in occupied territories and condemned violent attacks on Palestinians.
Zee, 21 December 2011
Senior UN official laments lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace process
The past month witnessed a series of developments that are cause for “continued serious concern,” he said, noting the announcement of several new settlement constructions, the demolition of 57 Palestinian structures in the West Bank, an increase in settler violence, and over 300 Israeli military operations in the West Bank.
UN News, 20 December 2011
‘Record number of Palestinians being displaced‘
NGOs claim “Israeli authorities have stepped up unlawful demolitions in the West Bank including east Jerusalem over the past year."
Jerusalem Post, 13 and 14 December 2011
Also reported in:
- Aljazeera blog
- Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA)
- Ahram Online
- The Gazette
Israeli forces demolish old buildings near Bethlehem
Israeli bulldozers demolished on Tuesday morning three old buildings on the outskirts of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, known as Wadi al-Makhrour, after claiming they were built on Israeli land. The mayor of Beit Jala, Raji Zeidan, said the buildings were recently refurbished. The buildings, according to Zeidan, belong to Fuad Qasasfa, Khadir Salamah, and Abed Audah.
Maan, 14 December 2011
Beit Jala Municipality Condemns House Demolitions
Beit Jala Municipality Tuesday condemned the demolition of several houses in al-Makhrour area of Beit Jala, south of Jerusalem, according to a statement. It said the Israeli army demolished several houses in the area, a traditionally agricultural valley that has been shrunk by Israeli settlement infrastructure.
Wafa, 13 December 2011
Israel razing more Palestinian homes, wells: monitors
Israel has stepped up its demolitions of Palestinian property in occupied land this year, razing double the number of homes and water wells from 2010, human rights groups said on Tuesday. The statement endorsed by 20 organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch further said Jewish settler violence against Palestinians had risen in 2011 and that Israel had sped up its expansion of settler enclaves.
Reuters, 13 December 2011
Israeli plan to move West Bank Bedouin stirs controversy
A plan by the Israeli authorities to relocate about 2,000 Palestinian Bedouins living in the desert hills east of Jerusalem is raising concerns among U.N. officials and human rights advocates about Israel’s aims in a strategic area of the West Bank.
Washington Post, 13 December 2011
Significant Rise in Demolitions over Past Week
The Displacement Working Group reports that in the past week since December 5th, 20 structures were demolished and at least 61 people displaced and left homeless. In total, 1,051 people have been displaced this year, compared to 606 for the whole of 2010. More than 539 structures including 199 homes have been demolished.
ICAHD, 12 December 2011
Israeli plan to move West Bank Bedouin stirs controversy
“International humanitarian law clearly prohibits the forced transfer of a civilian population and the destruction of civilian property,” said Chris Gunness, spokesman for UNRWA. “Given how forced displacement has been used to facilitate settlement expansion, it is pretty clear what is happening now.”
Washington Post, Washington, DC, 13 December 2011
How about an Israeli destruction freeze?
Obama should demand an immediate halt to all Israeli destruction of Palestinian property in the West Bank.
Aljazeera English, Washington, DC, 08 December 2011
Israel to move ‘illegal‘ camps
About 20 Bedouin communities between Jerusalem and Jericho are to be forcibly relocated from the land on which they have lived for 60 years under an Israeli plan to expand a huge Jewish settlement.
SMH, Jerusalem, 7 December 2011
Israeli Forces Demolish House in Jerusalem
On Tuesday, Israeli bulldozers demolished a 70- foot-square house in al-Khalaylyieh neighborhood of al-Jeeb village, northwest of Jerusalem. The Israeli forces claimed that the house, belonging to Khames al-Dadu, had been built without an Israeli-issued permit. The house was built 15 years ago and nine people lived in it until it was demolished.
PNN, 7 December 2011
UN Committee demands Israel stops house demolitions forthwith
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, published its concluding observations earlier this week, calling Israel to stop forthwith house demolitions, forced eviction and residency revocation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and East Jerusalem.
ICAD, 6 December 2011
Israel demolishes two east Jerusalem homes
Israeli interior ministry officials accompanied by security forces on Monday demolished two Palestinian homes in annexed east Jerusalem, police and the ministry told AFP. The two structures, in Silwan and Beit Hanina, were "illegal, with court-issued demolition orders," a ministry spokeswoman told AFP.
AFP, Jerusalem, 6 December 2011
Israel to forcibly remove bedouin communities in settlements push
Relocation of 2,300 people in West Bank to site near Jerusalem rubbish tip would make contiguous Palestinian state impossible
Guardian, Jerusalem, 5 December 2011
Israel demolishes 2 homes in East Jerusalem
Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, locals said. In Beit Hanina, troops bulldozed the temporary residence of a man who took shelter there after he could not get a permit from the Israeli municipality to build his house, the official PA news agency Wafa reported.
Maan, Jerusalem, 5 December 2011
Israeli demolition firm takes pride in West Bank operations.
Having relatives in the West Bank is a problem. So is a school in the South Hebron Hills. The list of prohibitions is endless. They passed by us proudly in their shiny shields and glittering wheels, these pot-bellied, gas-guzzling SUVs and a few jeeps with more modest engine sizes. They were returning from their operation‘s destination. It was Thursday, November 24, 2011. We didn‘t manage to see them in action, but we knew they were returning from routine demolition activity that doesn‘t get reported in our parts and understood as yet another detail in the ever-expanding historical reckoning this land‘s residents have with its masters.
Haaretz, West Bank, 28 November 2011
Israeli house demolitions in Susiya
Four houses and one mosque were destroyed this morning, November 24th, in the villages in the south of the West Bank. Around 10 am, fifty soldiers and seven police cars arrived to village Susiya. Two bulldozers destroyed the house of Musa Magna‘s family and two women were arrested after attempting to protect the house. In addition to these demolitions, the Israeli military also plan to destroy part of a school, the road leading from the village to the school and a several tents in the village.
IMEU, Susiya, 26 November 2011
Israel ‘demolishes wells, structures near Hebron’
Israeli forces on Thursday demolished three wells and part of a home west of Hebron, witnesses said. Haitham Awwad, a resident of al-Bass near Idhna, told Ma‘an that an Israeli force arrived with a bulldozer and demolished a well and three rooms of a home belonging to farmer Abdul Hafith Awwad. The forces also destroyed two wells belonging to Abdul Rahman Faraj Allah and Ahmad Faraj Allah, he said. Awwad said the wells were located near Israel‘s separation wall inside the southern West Bank, in an area with many natural springs. Israel confiscated water from the springs for use by Israeli citizens, he added.
Ma’an, Hebron, 24 November 2011
Israeli desert plan would uproot 30,000 Bedouin
Bulldozed by Israel more than two dozen times, a village known by Bedouin Arabs as Al-Arakib is one of many ramshackle desert communities whose names have never appeared on any official map. If Israel‘s parliament adopts proposed new legislation, it never will. The plan to demolish more Bedouin homes in the southern Negev region and move 30,000 people to government-authorized villages connected to power and water lines has been hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "historic opportunity" to improve Bedouin lives.
Reuters, Al-Arakib, 23 November 2011
Ecumenical group highlights damage caused by Israeli house demolitions
Before electricity came to her village, Nihad Moor, aged 25, sometimes spent more than half the day doing housework. A set of solar panels installed two years ago in this small South Hebron Hills village made her life a bit easier. Now she is afraid that if a final demolition order issued in October 2011 by the Israeli Civil Administration for the two solar panels and its controls is carried out, the village will be without electricity again
ENInews, 22 Nov 2011
VIDEO: House Demolition in Jericho
This video documents a house demolition in Jericho, a Palestinian city near the Jordan River in the West Bank. This represents a pattern of Israeli demolitions of houses in the Jordan Valley intended to concentrate Palestinians in major municipal areas.
IMEU, 22 November 2011
Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near Jericho
Palestinian Territories — Bulldozers flanked by Israeli troops razed four Palestinian homes near the ancient city of Jericho on Tuesday, with Israel saying they endangered a nearby archaeological site.
AFP, Jericho, 15 Nov 2011
Bedouin oppose Israeli plans to relocate communities
Bedouin in the occupied West Bank and in Israel‘s Negev desert say they fear for their future as new reports circulate that the Israeli authorities plan to relocate them.
BBC News, Jerusalem, 11 November 2011
Israel cancels plans for new Bedouin neighborhood
Cancelled plan was prepared in cooperation and consultation with the Bedouin communities living on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem, through their representative, Atty. Shlomo Lecker of Jerusalem.
Haaretz, 7 November 2011
Palestine’s Bedouin: "We want recognition too"
The Bedouin of Israel are not a happy lot. Once nomadic lords, Binyamin Netanyahu’s government plans to pen tens of thousands of them into cities.
The Economist, 5 November 2011
Palestinian Bedouin school teaching on borrowed time
Every morning, students walk to the primary school in Khan Al Ahmar fearing it might be gone.
UNICEF, 21 October 2011
UNRWA: Israel becoming ‘more efficient‘ at displacing Palestinians
Israeli demolitions affected 990 Palestinians in the West Bank in September, showing that Israeli authorities "are becoming more efficient," UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said.
Maan, 12 October 2011
URGENT ACTION: Palestinian school at risk of demolition
A primary school for Palestinian Bedouin children in the Jerusalem area is to be destroyed after Israeli settlers pushed the military to carry out the demolition. It could be destroyed at any time.
Amnesty International, 10 October 2011
Civil Administration plans to expel tens of thousands of Bedouins from Area C
B‘Tselem, 10 October 2011
Israel to forcibly evict Bedouins from West Bank
State accelerates relocation of thousands of Bedouins from Area C, which is under complete Israeli control.
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 14 September 2011
Destroying Schools, Destroying Hope in the West Bank
Huffington Post, 8 September 2011
Video: West Bank village under threat
Al Jazeera English, 22 February 2010
House demolitions in the West Bank resume after suspension
8 September 2011
The Israeli authorities have resumed home demolitions in the West Bank after a month-long suspension.
UNRWA students show solidarity with threatened Bedouin school
6 September 2011
On their first day back at school, students at four UNRWA schools in Jordan have twinned their schools with a school under threat of demolition in the West Bank.
Don’t demolish my future!
25 August 2011
Alarming developments in the West Bank community of Khan al Ahmar. Settlers from Kfar Adumim have filed a petition against the school, asking for an injunction not to re-open the school this September and pushing for the school to be swiftly demolished.
Sharp increase in demolitions threatens to destroy West Bank communities
2 August 2011
Demolitions by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank have escalated alarmingly. Figures released today by UNRWA show that 700 people were displaced in the first six months of 2011 (excluding July), compared with 594 in the whole of 2010.