Beit Arabiya Demolished for the Sixth Time, ICAHD Names Those Responsible

Posted 1st November 2012, by & filed under Itay Epshtain.

Israeli authorities demolished Beit Arabiya (“Arabiya’s House”) early this morning (Thursday, November 1 2012) for the sixth consecutive time since 1998, following its recent reconstruction in July this year, in the aftermath of its fifth demolition in January 2012. ICAHD names Israeli duty-bearers as personally responsible for policies and practices that may constitute war crimes… Read more »

Human Rights Committee Releases List of Issues for Israel, Adopts ICAHD Concerns

Posted 15th September 2012, by & filed under HRC, Human Rights Committee, ICCPR, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Itay Epshtain.

   Published earlier this week (September 15 2012), the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) posed 26 questions to Israel regarding its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Israel is party.   ICAHD submitted a report to HRC on Israel’s non-compliance with the convention in order to call the… Read more »

2012 Second Quarter Displacement Trends

Posted 21st August 2012, by & filed under Displacement Trends, Itay Epshtain.

2012 second quarter overview of demolitions of Palestinian homes and other structures that have been (i) demolished by Israeli authorities or (ii) demolished by the owners following the receipt of a demolition order from Israeli authorities. All recorded incidents have been verified and documented by partners in the Displacement Working Group. For up to date… Read more »

UNOCHR leader Baroness Valerie Amos’s comments concerning house demolitions in the oPt

Posted 28th July 2012, by & filed under Demolitions, Eviction, Home Demolitions, Israeli planning policies, Itay Epshtain, Itay Epshtain, UN humanitarian chief.

ICAHD Co-Director Itay Epshtain met with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Baroness Valerie Amos on Sunday (15/05/11) to highlight the apartheid-like system of occupation, disfranchisement, oppression, and the denial of self-determination. Following the meeting, attended by various officials from the UN and Palestinian and Israeli NGOs, the UN humanitarian chief was quoted saying, “Palestinians are utterly frustrated by the impact of Israeli policies on… Read more »

Jordan Valley Homes Demolished, 103 Remain Homeless

Posted , by & filed under Demolitions, Expropriation, Home Demolitions, Itay Epshtain, Jordan Valley.

***22.06.11 – See update below…    On Tuesday June 14th, a large-scale demolition took place in the Jordan Valley village of Fasayil al-Wusta (Jericho Governorate), leaving a 103 people from 18 families, including 64 children homeless, and exposed to the harsh desert environment. ICAHD Co-Director, Itay Epshtain said: “The latest demolition is part of an… Read more »

Bedouin Communities in the Jerusalem Periphery Facing Imminent Threat of Forced Displacement

Posted , by & filed under Civil administration, Demolition orders, Itay Epshtain, Jerusalem Periphery, Maale Adumim.

A new wave of demolition orders, stop-building orders, property confiscations, settler harassment and multiple warnings of imminent eviction by the Israeli Civil Administration has rendered Bedouin communities in the Jerusalem periphery exhausted of alternative coping strategies. They are now appealing for international protection to resist forced displacement and relocation.   Groups most immediately at risk… Read more »

Summer of Demolitions

Posted , by & filed under Bedouins, Closed military area, Demolitions, Home Demolitions, Itay Epshtain, Jordan Valley, Settlements, Viable Palestinian State.

Hours after his modest home was demolished by Israeli bulldozers, Khaled Abdallah Ali Ghazal stands astride the wreckage in the scorching desert heat and vows to hold on. “We have nowhere else to go, we will rebuild,” he says. For hundreds like him in the Jordan Valley, this is the reality of what the Israeli… Read more »

The EU’s Schizophrenic Attitude Towards Israel

Posted , by & filed under EU-Israel Association Agreement, european union, European Union-Israel relations, Itay Epshtain.

Within a matter of weeks the EU has made statements that differ drastically concerning its relationship to Israel. On 14 May the EU’s 27 foreign ministers unanimously condemned Israel’s settlement expansion plans, its demolition of Palestinian homes and displacement policies as well as settler violence and provocations. It commented on the deteriorating living conditions for… Read more »

Khan al-Ahmar Homes Demolished

Posted 26th July 2012, by & filed under Bedouins, Demolitions, Ethnic displacement, Greater Jerusalem, Home Demolitions, Itay Epshtain.

Five family homes were demolished this morning (Monday, October 31st) in the Jerusalem periphery Palestinian-Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar. 15 army jeeps and a bulldozer showed up at the rural community, in the hills east of Jerusalem this morning, and demolished five family homes, displacing 71 people, including some 60 children. ICAHD staff arrived at… Read more »

Russell Tribunal Finds Israel Guilty of Apartheid

Posted , by & filed under Apartheid, Civil Society, Itay Epshtain, Judaization, Occupation.

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (an international citizen-based Tribunal of conscience created in response to the demands of civil society) found earlier this week, that Israel subjects the Palestinian people to an institutionalised regime of domination amounting to apartheid as defined under international law.   This discriminatory regime manifests in varying intensity and forms against… Read more »