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July 17: High Court to rule on demolition & displacement of Dkeika

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PRESS RELEASE | July 4 2017

The historic Palestinian-Bedouin village Dkeika in the South Hebron Hills is facing demolition and displacement, as the State insists the pre-1967 historic village must be forcibly transferred to Hmeida village by March 2018. The High Court will hear the case on July 17, 11:30am. Rabbis for Human Rights calls for an international presence at the hearing. 


For an update on the Court proceedings, please see here


*Dkeika is an unrecognized Palestinian-Bedouin village of more than 300 residents in the South Hebron Hills. The village is currently in danger of demolition and forcible transfer.

*The future of the village is likely to be decided in a High Court hearing on July 17, 2017

* Israel does not recognize the village and refuses to approve the professional, village-initiated master plan that would allow residents to apply for building permits. Left with no other recourse, villagers are forced to build “illegally.”

* Israel seeks to transfer the residents of the Dkeika to another village (Hmeida) within a year. However, the expansion plan for the new village is not recognized either. This means Dkeika’s residents will once again be vulnerable to the risk of forced transfer and further demolitions following implementation of the state’s “solution.”

* The village is part of the Kaabne-Najada village council. it does not interfere with any other community or activities in its vicinity.

* Aerial photographs show Dkeika existed prior to Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank in 1967

* Contrary to its own claims and in violation of international law, displacing the village will break continuity of procedures and practices previously established by past rulers of the West Bank in regards to land use and ownership laws.

* The forced transfer of protected persons of an occupied territory is forbidden and amounts to a grave breach of international law.

Additional Case Details: The Palestinian-Bedouin village of Dkeika is situated at the southern edge of the West Bank. Of the 140 structures in the village, 111 have final demolition orders on them due to their “illegal status.” In an attempt to rectify the situation and allow for legal building, the village submitted a master plan drawn up by a professional planner. This plan was subsequently rejected by the Israeli army. In response, a High Court petition was filed in 2014 demanding the master plan’s approval or, alternatively, for the Court to order the Civil Administration to initiate its own plan for the village that will allow for its continued existence in its current location. In the event that the petition is rejected, or if the court, on July 17th, refuses to intervene, the state might very well demolish this multi-generational village of over 300 residents in whole or in part.

Given the growing needs of the villagers and their unique agrarian way of life, the desire of the residents to continue basic building (mainly seasonal needs) within the plan’s boundaries is a clear necessity. However, this need could potentially play a role in the court’s decision, as 15 homes were built after the petition was submitted on humanitarian grounds and are at higher vulnerability for demolition. In any case, there is the distinct possibility that all of the structures in the village may be demolished if the Court does not issue an interim injunction.

A hearing on the petition is scheduled in the High Court of Justice for July 17, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. before Justices Hendel, Shoham and Barak-Erez.

Additional information on Dkeika and the upcoming hearing

Update from previous hearing on November 2 2016

Photos of the village


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