Israel issues demolition orders for 8 Palestinian villages


24-07-2012


Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday ordered the demolition of 8 Palestinian villages in the hills south of Hebron because the Israeli military needs the land for training exercises, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

A total of 1,500 residents will be evicted from their homes and have their lands confiscated in the villages of Majaz, Tabban, Sfai, Fakheit, Halaweh, Mirkez, Jinba and Kharuba. The villages of Tuba, Mufaqara, Sarura and Megheir al-Abeid, which are also nearby, appear to have been spared.

All of the villages in question have existed since at least the 1830s. However, all are in Area C, which is under complete Israeli control.

This control means that Palestinians living in these villages are also not allowed to build on or improve their property in any way, as this is seen as illegal construction and evidence that residents are not longtime citizens but new migrants to the area. In practice this means that Palestinians do not have any way to provide for a naturally expanding population through adding cisterns, restrooms, or rooms to existing property or the addition of schools or other new buildings.

The Israeli military intends to use the land to train soldiers and must be allowed to conduct live fire exercises which it cannot do with residents so nearby. The article says that this is not because residents may be injured or killed by live fire, but because they may spy on the exercises or steal weapons to use for terror purposes.



The Muslim News