In the early morning, 18th January, hundreds of Israeli soldiers entered the Jin Safoot village to demolish a farmhouse belonging to the Palestinian farmer Faed. The barn was serving as a shelter for his animals and he wasn’t allowed to remove all of them before the Israelis demolished the roof. Faed claims that two of his sheeps died after being smashed underneath the falling roof.
Israeli soldiers shot two of the family members while they were trying to stop the ongoing demolition.
One of them was hit by a live bullet in his left hand and the family now fears that he won’t regain full strength in one of his fingers. Another family member was peppersprayed and arrested on the scene. He is now being imprisoned in a Israeli military base in Huwarra, West Bank.
Faed’s farm is located in Area C. Roughly 60% of the West Bank is under complete Israeli control since the Oslo accords in 1990’s. To be allowed to build a house in Area C you have to get a permission from the Israeli authorities. These requests are often denied and at the same time farmers are likely to face demolition if they construct a building without Israeli permission.
According to the Israeli NGO Peace Now, Israeli Civil Administration denied 94% of the applications between 2000 and 2007.
In 2007 Israeli soldiers demolished another building belonging to Faed, also located in Area C. For the six previous years Faed has worked hard to build a new home for him and his family and the destruction came as a shock. The recent destruction of his farm house is yet another backlash for him, mentally as well as financially. To be able to rebuild his barn he now has to sell parts of his land. If he rebuilds it, it would still be under constant threat of demoliotion.
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