Posted on 26th July 2012, by & filed under Advocacy, Area C, Demolitions, displacement, Home Demolitions, Itay Epshtain, Jordan Valley, Richard Falk.

This passing week saw nine homes and six animal pans demolished and 52 people displaced in the Jordan Valley villages of Fasayil al-Wusta and al-Jiftlik.


On Tuesday March 13th five homes and six animal pans were demolished at Fasayil al-Wusta, displacing 30 people, including 20 children. This is the third time in recent months that the community, locked between the settlements of Tomer and Yafit, has suffered a demolition, in an attempt to displace its inhabitants, and expropriate their land in favor of nearby settlement expansion.



Fasayil al-Wusta ©OCHA


On Wednesday March 14th, further demolitions occurred in the Abu al-Ajaj compound in al-Jiftlik, when four homes were demolished, displacing 22 people.



Al-Jiftlik Demolition ©Felizitas Hoffman


At the time of the Demolition, ICAHD Co-Director Itay Epshtain and Field-Coordinator Salim Shawamreh were leading a field visit through the area for high-ranking diplomats, and responded within minutes to the demolition site,  along with partner organization Jordan Valley Solidarity, to document the occurrence and coordinate the humanitarian and advocacy response.



Epshtain and Shawamreh speaking with home owner Ayman Ideas ©Felizitas Hoffman


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited the occupied Jordan Valley earlier this month, and was quoted saying that Jordan Valley settlements (numbering 36) “will remain in place, and we will work to strengthen them.” Lieberman was merely reiterating Prime Minister Netanyahu’s position stating in January “I will sign a final status agreement only if Israel remains in the Jordan Valley.”


From the beginning of the year 144 structures were demolished in the occupied West Bank, displacing 310 people according to Displacement Working Group partners. Only earlier this week, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Raci
al Discrimination urged Israel
 to reconsider its policies in order to guarantee Palestinian and Bedouin rights to property, access to land, access to housing and access to natural resources. The Committee’s call echoes that of UN independent experts Prof. Rolnik and Prof. Falk, earlier this year, and that of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to stop house demolitions forthwith.  



Al-Jiftlik Demolition ©Felizitas Hoffman


More information can be found in the Jordan Valley Fact Sheet, here…