Palestinians protested Wednesday in front of the United Nations office in Ramallah against the latest wave of home demolitions and displacement of the Palestinian Bedouin community in the village of Abu al Jaj. The community was evicted on May 21, 2014, rendering 71 Palestinians homeless.
The demonstration demanded the United Nations and international community end their silence on the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Jordan Valley.
The demonstrators handed a letter addressed to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking for immediate and effective action.
They also called upon international civil society to boycott the Hyundai Motor Company due to the company’s involvement in the displacement of communities in the Jordan Valley.
The eviction in Abu al Jaj is the latest episode in an ongoing policy of displacement and population transfer, particularly in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley.
The United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has documented the demolition of 2,603 structures and displacement of 4,325 Palestinians from their homes between 2009-2013 . The majority of these demolitions have occurred in the Jordan Valley and in Area C.
Since the beginning of 2014, 611 people have already been displaced in the West Bank, and 308 structures were demolished.