12 Residential Tents Demolished in Jordan Valley

19 Aug
4:23 AM

Israeli authorities, on Tuesday, demolished a number of residential tents in the village of Fasayel, in the southern Jordan Valley, according to local sources.Hamza Zubedat, a local activist, said that an Israeli army force accompanied by bulldozers demolished 12 residential tents, which shelter members of the Bedouin tribes Rashaydeh and Ta’amreh.

According to WAFA, the Jordan Valley is part of Area C of the West Bank, under complete Israeli control, where Israel rarely issues construction permits for Palestinians, prompting them to embark on construction without the legal construction permits.

The Israeli army and police have repeatedly vandalized residencies in the Jordan valley under the pretext of construction without permission.

Israel heavily invests in transferring the Jordan Valley into a completely Israeli area, primarily in relation to agriculture, through banning territorial contiguity between a future Palestinian state and the rest of the Arab world.

Says Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israeli authorities prohibit Palestinians’ construction in vast areas of Area C citing various rationales, such as “defining these areas as state land, survey land, firing zones, nature reserves and natural parks, or by incorporating lands into the jurisdiction of settlements and regional councils.”

B’Tselem estimated that from 2006 until 30 June 2015, Israel demolished at least 876 Palestinian residential units in the West Bank, not including East Jerusalem, causing 4,105 people – including at least 2,011 minors – to lose their homes.

Most Palestinians are forced to build without a permit to meet their families’ needs. In many cases, displacement is due to cumulative pressure created by a combination of factors, including settler violence, movement restrictions, including the Barrier, and restricted access to services and resources, said OCHA.

See: ‘Bedouin’

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