Posted on 26th July 2012, by & filed under Anata, Area C, Bedouins, Demolitions, displacement, Home Demolitions, Itay Epshtain.

Five Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin Homes were demolished last night by Israeli authorities on the outskirts of Anata (Area C of the West Bank), displacing thirty people.


Last Night (Wednesday 6 July), at approximately 11:00pm Israeli authorities demolished five family homes in the Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin compound in Anata, northeast of Jerusalem. As a result 30 people were displaced, among them 14 children. Also demolished were five water tanks serving the community, and one other structure in the town of Anata.



ICAHD Field-Coordinator Salim Shawamreh and Co-Director Itay Epshtain visited the site this morning, and spoke to affected families.



From the beginning of the year, 305 structures were demolished in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, of which 100 were family homes, resulting in 538 Palestinians displaced and an additional 1,826 affected. The Palestinian-Bedouin communities living in the hills to the east of Jerusalem are at an exceedingly growing risk of forced ethnic displacement. The communities have been informed by Israeli authorities that they have no option but to leave the area, as part of a larger plan to forcibly transfer, in defiance of international law, Bedouin communities living in Area C (Jerusalem periphery, Jordan Valley, and south Hebron Hills), where Israel retains control over security as well as planning and zoning.


For more information on the growing risk of displacement faced by Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin, please refer to the ICAHD publication‘Nowhere Left to Go‘.

For a normative and political analysis of Israel’s displacement policy and practice in the Occupied West Bank, please find the ICAHD publication Demolishing Homes, Demolishing Peace’.