Israeli forces demolishing a house in Jenin, 23 April, 2018, photo by: IDF spokesperson

This month, 30 structures were demolished in the occupied Palestinian Territories (including East Jerusalem) displacing 13 people- including five children- and affecting a staggering 527 people, including 326 children. Inside Israel, two structures were demolished in the town of Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem, and in the Naqab desert the entire village of Al Araqib was demolished and another house in the village of Ash-Shahabi. (Photos: Israeli forces demolishing a house in Jenin, 23 April, 2018, photo by: IDF spokesperson)


All the demolitions and confiscations- but two- were claimed to be on the grounds of lacking an Israeli-issued building permit: a family house in Jenin was demolished on punitive grounds- the second punitive demolition since the start of 2018, displacing seven Palestinians- and a printing shop in East Jerusalem was demolished on the grounds of alleged incitement. Most of the demolished structures supported agricultural, herding and commercial livelihoods.

The Israeli authorities issued dozens of demolition and stop-work orders against structures in Area C in the West Bank for lacking an Israeli-issued building permit, as well as seizing and confiscating heavy machinery- both private and municipality owned.

Two schools were demolished this month: one in the Jabal al-Baba community in the Jerusalem periphery, affecting 151 children, and a primary school in the rural village of Khirbet Zanuta in South Hebron, was demolished twice; the first demolition occurred on 9 April, and the second, a few days later when Israeli forces returned and confiscated the makeshift tents that were erected for the children to continue their studies.

A recent assessment by the UN indicated that 44 primary schools (36 in Area C and eight in East Jerusalem), currently serving about 5,000 children, are at risk of demolition or seizure on grounds of lack of building permits.

Around 80 Children were also affected when one of the few playgrounds in Kafr ‘Aqab, East Jerusalem was demolished.



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Communities facing heightened risk of forcible transfer


Al Walaja


The village, Located in Southern part of Jerusalem, has been facing increasing pressure by Israeli authorities: preventing any residential development by blocking and/or rejecting any building permits alongside a wave of demolitions, and the construction of the Separation wall, which will completely encircle the village and disconnect it from the rest of the West Bank and Jerusalem. Roughly half of the houses in the Ein Juweza- the residential part of Al Walaja- are under threat of demolition. Most of the demolition orders against these houses were issued in the past two years, during which Israeli forces demolished 11 houses. While many of the residents have pending court cases in an attempt to stop or postpone the demolitions, in almost all the recent cases the court had rejected them. Israeli authorities act immediately after the court’s decision and demolish the house, making it almost impossible to appeal.


(based on a report by Ir-Amim)




Four west bank schools under attack


1. Al Muntar


On 28 March, 2018 the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) issued its response to the ongoing legal proceedings which are temporarily protecting the Al Muntar school from demolition. The Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) had previously issued a temporary order to stall the demolition of the school. A later interim injunction decreed that no changes be taken by either side and later decreed that as such, pupils must not continue to attend the school. This was decreed despite arguments from the petitioners that pupils had been attending the school prior to the interim injunction being issued. Ultimately the HCJ dismissed the original petition and set an expiry date for the protective temporary injunction to expire on the 1 February,2018.


However, in January 2018 the petitioners issued a renewed petition and attached a detailed plan for the school to be reviewed. The HCJ thus issued a new temporary order to again prevent the demolition of the school in the meantime. On 28 March, however, the State issued its response to this petition and requested that the protective temporary order be revoked and that demolition of the school may proceed on the basis that:

On 8, April the community’s legal representative submitted a response to the ICA’s argument. Then on the 10, April the HCJ decided that a hearing will be held soon on this case. In the meantime, the school year is continuing.



  1. Khirbet Zanuta


The community school of Zanuta was dismantled and confiscated on the 9 April,2018, affecting 42 students. The school consisted of 4 caravan classrooms and one kitchen. The school has been provided by the MoEHE and opened on the 25 March,2018 to provide education for 42 children between kindergarten and 6th grade ages.


  1. Khan al Ahmar


A hearing on the case of the Khan al Ahmar community will take place on the 25 April, 2018, likely placing the whole community at risk of imminent demolition, including the Tire school there.



  1. Jabal al Baba


A recently-erected structure which serves as a kindergarten, women’s centre and health clinic in the community is under threat. The kindergarten provides for 25 children between the ages of 3-6. The women’s centre serves approx 45 women from the community. Through the health clinic, primary services are provided by a nurse and doctor who visit to the community one day per week in which first-aid kits are available. The existing clinic in Al Azariah is about 3 km away and is not available to community women who do not drive vehicles. In addition, women do not frequently visit the existing clinic because of the disproportionate treatment they receive in the city by medical staff who do not understand the Bedouin way of life and culture and its implications for medical circumstances and the treatment of health problems.

The Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) visited the community at the beginning of the month and assured a community representative that they had no intention to demolish the structure. Several days later, the ICA visited the community again and informed the representative, verbally, that they will demolish the structure on 12 April, 2018. The community lawyer had followed up with a request to the ICA asking not to demolish the structure and to provide the community with a period of one week to submit relevant documents to demonstrate that the structure is only used for humanitarian needs in the absence of alternative services.”


(reported by the Norwegian Refugee Council)



Dqaiqa, South Hebron


“The community of Dqaiqa has been in its current location since before 1967. The estimated 450 residents primarily make a living off herding, and rely on nearby villages for access to services. The community has been subjected to demolitions and demolition orders since 2005. Requests submitted by the community to recognize the village were declined by the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA), claiming that in light of the small size of the community, and the tribal relationship with the nearby community of Hameiydah, relocating the community to Hameiydah made more sense. The Hameiydah community is also under threat of demolition and does not have an approved outline plan.


In light of this threat, recourse was sought through the Israeli legal system. The first petition to the High Court on behalf of the community ended in 2010 without a positive resolution, but the ICA affirmed that it would allow the community to submit their own outline plan. Even before this plan was submitted in 2011, the ICA demolished 17 structures in the community. The detailed plan submitted in 2011 was rejected by the ICA in 2013, and in 2014, Rabbis for Human Rights assisted the community in submitting a new petition, requesting that the ICA accept their outline plan. Of some 140 structures in Dkaika at the time of the petition, 111 have demolition orders pending (101 orders). 36 additional structures were apparently constructed in the community between the submission of the petition and November 2016.


On 2 November 2016 the parties accepted the court’s suggestion to negotiate and try to reach an agreement. The parties committed to neither build nor demolish structures in the interim, but no injunction to this effect was issued. The sides were given 90 days to reach an agreement.


While awaiting the response to the court decision, a request on behalf of the community for an injunction to prevent demolitions was rejected (5 February 2017). In the state’s response to the petition given in March 2017, the intention to go ahead with the plan to demolish the village and to relocate the community to Hameiydah was restated, offering a one year time-frame, meaning that according to the state’s position at the time, the relocation of the entire community is slated for March 2018.

On 18 April 2018, the Israeli State submitted its reply to the court asking that the case be erased since they do not intend to demolish the structures. They will give 30 days’ notice in case they will need to demolish.  For any new changes to the structures, they will give a 7 days’ notice to the community.”


( reported by the Norwegian Refugee Council)


Khan al Ahmar Abu al Helu


Urgent developments have occurred in the case of Khan al Ahmar community, located in the Jerusalem periphery:

”Summary of Wednesday 25 April High Court hearing on the Khan Al Ahmar Abu al Helu case:

The Court heard the following


The State’s attorney explained that the Jabal West relocation site will be ready in June 2018. The Court heard the Regavim lawyer on behalf of Kfar Adumim settlement insisting on demolition of the school regardless of the relocation plans. The community lawyer argued that the new location (Jabal West) is not viable and that community-driven plans submitted in the past (rejected by the state as unsuitable) were more appropriate. The Court enquired whether the petitioners were talking with the authorities about different locations.


The Court also heard the Kfar Adumim settler activist group’s motion to join the petition.  They informed the Court that they have approached senior Israeli security and political figures. Their main message was to prevent the relocation to Jabal West but also not to leave the situation as it is now. They argued for mediation over an alternative site more suited to the cultural and economic needs of the community.  No specific alternative site was mentioned by any party throughout the hearing.  The State responded that it was not willing to discuss alternative sites, and called for a rapid decision by the court.


After hearing all parties, the Court asked the State whether it would agree to consider an alternative location that would better meet the community needs,  if the community agreed to leave Khan al Ahmar Ab al Hilu.


The Court adjourned for consultation by the State’s attorney. On return, the State informed the Court that they categorically rejected the Court’s proposal, and that this is the final position following consultation with high ranking officials in the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Civil Administration. The community lawyer responded that the Jabal West plan will not solve the issue of 20,000 Bedouin in Area C for the ICA, and that Jabal West has become a political symbol for the Israeli authorities. He said that there should be real planning solutions for Bedouin and that forcible transfer is not a real solution. He also stated that this particular community is not supported by the PA.  He emphasized that demolition would cause strategic damage to Israel’s reputation, and that forcible transfer is a grave breach of the Geneva Convention.


The following day, On 26 April, the Israeli High Court issued the following instruction in the case:


“To the extent that the lawyer for the petitioners [the community] has a proposal for an alternative site for which there exists a detailed and valid plan, on the basis of which building permits can be issued (as can be done today with the plan that the State has proposed for the transfer of the Khan al Ahmar compound to Jahalin West [Jabal West]), he may submit such a plan to the Court within one week”.


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