Tag archive for "demolition"
With Jerusalem in flames and terror on the rise, we must remember the small but powerful acts we can take to bring down the flames. There is still time to help Israel do the right thing, and now more than ever, we are obligated to give it our all. Please read on for an update on the status of RHR’s High Court case to restore planning rights to Palestinians in Area C, so that administrative housing demolitions become a thing of the past. Continue Reading
PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 1 2014
Home demolished in East Jerusalem in an area where far right-wing activist Aryeh King announced his intention to settle. Continue Reading
The Bedouin in Israel’s North live in flourishing villages, which were recognized by Israel in the 90′s. These citizens feel apart of Israel, and have had many accomplishments economically, educationally and socially.
PRESS RELEASE | November 3 2014
Israeli Authorities demolish two structures, reportedly from Ottoman Times, in Khirbet a-Twayel in addition to cutting off the village water supply. Continue Reading
Below please find an update about the on-going situation in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Wadi Naam, where five residents were arrested two weeks ago and continue to be held by the authorities.
PLEASE NOTE: Because Rabbis for Human Rights was not present, we can neither confirm nor deny the claim that there was no provocation of the Israeli authorities by the Bedouin. Continue Reading
El Arakib is once again being threatened with demolitions, this time during the Muslim holiday of Id el Adkha. Continue Reading
RHR supports this campaign against the forced removal of Palestinian Bedouins from their homes, and is extremely concerned about the threat to transfer Bedouin to locations in the Jordan valley against their will. We are not signed on this letter, because, as a human rights organization, we do not take a position one way or the other on any specific final status solution, including the two state solution.
44 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
The organizations stressed that the international community must take all possible measures to ensure that individual and mass forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, does not take place. The organizations said world leaders should immediately press Israel to cancel all transfer plans and allow Palestinians to remain in and develop their communities, warning that the transfer of Palestinian Bedouins from their current locations would free up land for Israeli settlement expansion in a way that could render the two-state solution unachievable.
The call comes as the Israeli government publicized this week six plans to move Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities around Jericho, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. The plans include moving Bedouins out of the politically sensitive area referred to as the Jerusalem Periphery or “E1,” where Israel has long-intended to demolish 23 Bedouin villages in order to expand and link settlements, established in violation of international law. Settlement expansion in this area would cut the West Bank in two, further disrupting movement and social and economic ties between major Palestinian cities and limiting the little access Palestinians in the West Bank have to Jerusalem.
All of the Palestinian Bedouin communities slated for transfer are located in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank where Israel maintains full civil and military control. There are already around 341,000 Israeli settlers living in more than 100 settlements throughout Area C. Although Area C is within the internationally recognized 1967 borders of the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel only allows Palestinians to build on 1 percent of it. The lack of authority to build makes Palestinians vulnerable to home demolition, displacement, and forcible transfer and limits their ability to realize their rights to water, to adequate shelter, to education, health, and to livelihood.
In recent months, the government of Israel has used coercive tactics to heighten the pressure on Palestinian Bedouin communities, issuing eviction orders and demolishing homes and livelihood structures. Israel has also obstructed aid agencies from delivering assistance to these communities, including by seizing and destroying emergency shelters that international donors provided for families whose homes were demolished and confiscating a swing-set and a slide for a Bedouin school. Israel has already demolished more than 350 Palestinian homes or livelihood structures in Area C in 2014, while demolitions in the Jerusalem periphery and E1 area have hit a five-year high, displacing 170 Bedouins, 91 of whom are children.
“Being in constant danger of forcible transfer is not a healthy way of living. We are scared, we can’t build, we lack basic rights, but we don’t want to move to a township. If you ask me to move I would say no. I was born as a Bedouin, and we want to preserve our traditions. Israel is claiming they will create a better solution for us, I will tell you that’s not true, that transferring us will destroy our lifestyle and traditions. If they really want to create a better solution they can let us to go back to the Negev or stay where we are and receive services,” said Jameel Hamadeen, a 32-year-old resident of Sateh al Bahr, one of the Bedouin communities slated for demolition and transfer.
The following update on demolitions in Khirbet ar-Rahma comes Operation Dove, an Italian NGO that focuses on the South Hebron Hills.
Khirbet ar-Rahma is a small and poor Palestinian village in Area C of the Occupied Territories. Since its location in Area C means it is under full Israeli control, the villagers are subjected to the Israeli military planning system that blocks almost every Palestinian attempt at building and developing within their village. Whatever is built, is demolished every now and again, as demonstrated by this most recent demolition. In the background of the photos, please note the new Jewish settlement, some of which is illegal by the Israeli law, but nevertheless is permitted to stay intact. This is an example of institutionalized discrimination, and demonstrates why RHR submitted an appeal to the High Court of Justice to return planning authority to the Palestinians in Area C. Continue Reading
Capital punishment during peacetime was abolished by Israel in 1954. However, the use of the death penalty remains an option for particular crimes including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people, and treason. Military Courts in the territories also have the option of its use. However, historically the courts are very hesitant to utilize capital punishment and there has not been an execution in Israel since Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi, in 1962, and before that, there was only one other execution for a man (falsely) accused of treason in 1948. Continue Reading
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