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An operation of demolition and destruction on a scale unprecedented for years took place at Homsa A-Foqa, in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley – 83 structures, homes, kitchen tents, outhouses, water tanks, solar systems and 10 tons of food and water for the livestock were destroyed by the Israeli army. 74 women and men, among them 41 children, were left destitute; The wave of demolitions by the Israeli occupation army continues in East Jerusalem as well
photo: Homsa A-Foqa, northern Palestinian Jordan Valley after the Israeli army’s ‘visit’, November 3, 2020
Palestinian Jordan Valley
Demolitions on an inconceivable scale, the largest in years, were carried out by the Israeli occupation forces at Homsa A-Foqa, in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley on Tuesday, November 3. A large number of bulldozers, vehicles and soldiers came to this community and demolished 83 structures, including dwellings, tents that served as kitchens, outhouses, sheep-pens, water tanks and solar systems. 2 tractors were confiscated, and over 10 tons of fodder and water for the livestock were destroyed.
11 families, numbering 74 persons, among them 41 chidlren, remained destitute, homeless and without shelter for their sheep and goats.
At nearby Makhoul it was reported that same day that settler-colonists attacked two shepherd youths close to the Israeli army base at the entrance to the settler-colony Hemdat. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday activists accompanied shepherds in this area, and grazing went unhampered except for an unauthorized attempt by soldiers to chase away the shepherds on Friday. At the beginning of the week it was reported that settler-colonists from the outpost near Hemdat have made preparations to plow Palestinian privately-owned lands.
On Friday a tour took place at Homsa, by 15 representatives of European Union states and others. At the same time, Palestinian and Israeli activists began to aid the villagers in clearing away the rubble and attempting to rescue part of the property buried underneath. During this activity Israeli occupation forces arrived to make sure that the villagers or activists do not dare rebuild at the site.
At Nu’eima in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, activists accompanied shepherds on Thursday which proceeded unhampered but was terminated quickly because of the rain.
South Hebron Hills
On Monday the Israeli occupation forces demolished a dwelling close to Tel Ma’in, and on Wednesday Civil Administration officials toured the area and issued demolition orders at De’qiqa.
At Tawane the number of cases is growing in which the Israeli army dismisses its duty to accompany schoolchildren arriving from Touba, a duty to which it is committed by force of a Knesset (legislative) resolution. On Monday this week the accompanying soldiers did not come at all, and the children were accompanied by local activists. On another occasion, the accompanying soldiers enabled a Havat Ma’on settler-colonist to harass the children on their way.
On Saturday, November 7, activists accompanied shepherds at Umm Zaitouna. Settler-colonists arrived with their dogs, soldiers, Civil Administration officials and police. These chased away the shepherds and threatened them and the activists with arrest.
A local activist asked Civil Administration officials and police to come to the Susya area as well, where settler-colonists park their vehicles on privately-owned Palestinian land that is closed to Israelis by general’s orders. The authorities refused. On the same day activists also helped with the olive harvest near Susya.
At Deir Istiya (Salfit district) occupation forces continue to protect settler-colonists who have invaded privately-owned lands of a local villager, and built a pool there. On Tuesday this week, when the landowner arrived accompanied by 2 activists to check the situation on his own land, they were detained by the soldiers for 3 hours.
On Saturday, November 7, Israeli activists accompanied a Palestinian family upon whose land the outpost Brukhin was built. For many years now the family has not been able to tend its olive grove and the point was to work at the part that is located just outside the settler-colony gate. The settler-colony’s security official chased the family and activists away, but enabled one member of the family to enter the settler-colony and check out the trees inside.
On Friday, November 6, a Palestinian family of Walaja village tried to access its land after coordinating this with the occupation authorities, but the commander on the ground refused to open the gate through which they have to pass to get to their land, and thus they were prevented from reaching their olive grove and harvesting it.
At East Jerusalem this week the occupation authorities demolished 4 buildings in the Jabal Mukabar neighborhood, 3 in Issawiya, and one in Beit Hanina, another in Beit Safafa, and another in Silwan.
In Issawiya Israeli police forces continue to enter massively at all hours of the day and night, confront the inhabitants, and harass them by indiscriminately firing teargas inside crowded residential areas.
The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah continues to take place every Friday, adhering to emergency procedures. The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are protesting their violent evictions from their homes, the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them.