Posted on January 3, 2023, by & filed under Latest News, News.

Despite international outrage following the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision in May 2022 to forcibly transfer Palestinians from their homes and lands in Masafer Yatta (the South Hebron Hills), Israeli authorities began a programme of displacement with a few homes and structures vital for living demolished every month within that locality. The more recent demolitions happened on Monday, 2nd January when the Israeli army invaded the Shu’ab Al-Batim area in Masafer Yatta and demolished four homes, each of about 80 square meters. Also on 2nd January, Israel’s new extreme right-wing government announced that it will imminently forcibly transfer eight of the twenty-eight communities so that the area can be used for military training. This means that within days hundreds of Palestinians, including children, will be evicted and their homes will be demolished.

Israel announced that the Palestinians will be provided with another location in which to live. Nevertheless, forcible transfer is a war crime and one which the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) along with other Israeli, Palestinian and international human rights organizations condemn. Read ICAHD’s statement from May 2022 here.

ICAHD UK and ICAHD USA have also highlighted the situation in Masafer Yatta in our webinars which provide background information about these communities that have lived in this location for centuries herehere and here.

Israel’s governments have not respected international law as it applies to occupation, apartheid and Palestinian rights. Instead, it has pursued its settler colonialism agenda of land expropriation, displacement and the annexation, de facto or de jure, of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

ICAHD calls on the international community to act immediately in calling Israel to account. Raise awareness of Isarel’s actions where you live and contact your political representative now because Israel’s blatant violations must end.

Join Twitter Storm organised by the European Citizen Initiative (ECI) to highlight the situation in Masafer Yatta within the wider Palestinian struggle on 9 February.

Details to follow.