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A wave of demolitions and displacements in the south Mount Hebron and Jordan Valley.
On Saturday morning, Otniel’s loudspeaker system was screaming in Arabic, in an attempt
to expel Palestinian shepherds from a Palestinian-owned area in the wadi near the
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, army forces demolished a house in Umm al-Khair, a cattle
pen in Khashm a-Daraj, and a fence that protected an agricultural plot in the heart of the
desert area in which the Palestinians grow Za’atar. The irrigation pipes of the plot were also
damaged. The crops and the irrigation system are part of a cooperative project assisted by
Amal Association. The army forces declared that they would soon return to destroy the
ancient pool from which irrigation water is sourced. For some time now, settlers from the
area have discovered the pool and are swimming in it.
IDF resumed demolitions at the beginning of this week, in Fire Zone 918: on Monday, June
17, a residential building and a solar power system were demolished in Khalat A-Dab’a, as
well as three other homes in Halawa.
At the same time, the expansion of the new outpost near Susya continues uninterrupted,
well known to the Civil Administration, which was invited by Ta’ayush activists to the site in
previous weeks, and whose soldiers filmed and documented the construction.
In the Jordan Valley, on Wednesday, June 12, 11 structures were demolished in Ras al-
Ahmar, three of which were homes. The previous day, forces demolished water cisterns and
uprooted a two-year-old olive grove in Umm Kabeish, in the area of Tammun, under the
pretext that the area was a nature reserve. The plantation was established with the
assistance of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.
On Saturday, June 15, 2019, activists accompanying Palestinian shepherds early in the
morning on their way to pasture, were surprised when the loudspeakers of Otniel
settlement broke into screams in Arabic, ordering the shepherds to leave, at a volume that
echoed through all the valleys and hills nearby. The shepherds ignored the shouting and
resumed pasture. In Wadi Sweid, the grazing was also conducted without disturbance,
accompanied by activists, and harvest was carried out in nearby Khushiya lands.