Israel demolishes homes in Bedouin village

2012-01-24 16:47

Jerusalem - Israeli forces overnight demolished the home of a Bedouin family near Jerusalem for the fifth time, along with four other structures in an unrecognised Bedouin village, an Israeli NGO said on Tuesday.

Israel's Civil Administration, the military body that oversees the West Bank, confirmed the demolitions.

"During the night, there were five demolitions of illegal structures that were occupied by Bedouin populations. We're talking about illegal structures that were built without the permission needed," Civil Administration spokesperson Guy Inbar told AFP.

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) said Israeli forces had demolished Beit Arabiya, a family home and "peace centre" that has now been demolished five times since 1994.

20 people displaced

"Beit Arabiya was issued a demolition order by Israeli authorities back in 1994, following their failure to grant a building permit. It has since been demolished four times, to be rebuilt by ICAHD activists," the group said.

Other structures demolished included three homes, along with structures for housing animals.

"Twenty people, including young children, were displaced, left exposed to the harsh desert environment," ICAHD said.

The group said its co-director Itay Epshtain was "beaten and sustained minor injuries" during the demolitions. The Israeli military said it was looking into the allegations.

The demolitions took place in the Anata Hills, near Jerusalem, in an area of the West Bank that is under full Israeli civil and military control, where residents must obtain Israeli construction permits before building homes.

Israel says it only demolishes structures that have been built without the required permission, but Palestinians say they are rarely granted permits.

Demolitions in the dead of night

Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, condemned the demolitions in a statement.

"These demolitions happened in the dead of night, it was freezing cold, in a community without electricity," he said.

"Israel, as the occupying power, has an obligation to deliver services, not as in this case, to demolish them," he added.

Last year, a coalition of international rights groups and aid organisations said Israel's demolition of homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem had displaced more than 1 000 people in 2011, twice that of the previous year and the highest number since 2005.

  • Jerzy - 2012-01-24 17:01

    Apartheid Israel. Enough said.

      Dirk - 2012-01-24 18:08

      "Bedouin village" or terrorist camp. Strange that you should mention apartheid. true, like they were trying to gain entry INTO SA under apartheid, so too the arabs are trying to get INTO Israel . Strange- they must know the real truth.

      Warwick - 2012-01-25 08:21

      Must be similar to the threat againts East Gremany that forced them to build a wall across Berlin and then murder anyone trying to cross it, and what about the great wall of China that cut people and family off so they could not freely move in that area and then there was Hadrians wall that also cut thousands off from freely moving around. What about the wall around our homes? Does this ot stop the free movement of people to wander in and out of our properties. Today Isreal faces an enemy hell bent on its total destruction. This enemy is more vile than the nazis could ever be. They admit in public for all the world to here that they seek to kill every Israeli man, woman and child.

      MiriamBawden - 2012-01-25 12:26

      Oh please!! Do you know the meaning of apartheid? Chop.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-25 12:32

      @Warwick What Israel needs is a wall on wheels so they can move it every time they steal another bit of land.

      Jameel - 2012-03-18 21:40

      Dont they have enough land already, stealing is bad but whats worse is stealing from someone who doesnt have, that's preposterous..

      Fred - 2012-03-18 21:49

      The Israelites were in the area as long as the other tribes. This is recorded fact. You're being taken in by the unelected dictators of the region who are abusing the Palestinians in their attempts to hold on to power, by giving their populations an external enemy (Israel) to focus on Why haven't these unelected dictators given the Palestinians the few neighborhoods they need, out of the vast land they control, but instead have funneled billions of dollars worth of arms over decades to them and incited them to violence?

  • James - 2012-01-24 17:12

    Apartheid provided alternative land

      Jameel - 2012-03-18 21:42

      All we hear is Israel wants to be left alone and live in peace, what do you call this ?

  • Barry - 2012-01-24 17:40

    During the night of all times. Disgusting.

  • Hussain Hasib Adam - 2012-01-24 17:59

    no wonder the recent rocket fire from Gaza which resulted in an Apartheid Israel air raid ... not that i'm saying its the same place, but this is the result if you imprison an entire population and demolish their dignity...

      Fred - 2012-03-18 21:50

      You too have been taken in by the unelected dictators of the region. You must look deeper to see what is really happening. You're being played like a patsy.

  • Rafick - 2012-01-24 20:42

    Since 1997 ICAD ( has recorded over 24,000 demolitions of palestinian homes by Israel. This is oppression & terrorism at its worst! Yet, the world leaders & nations remain largely silent and up to this day allow Israel to continue the demolitions and illegal settlement expansion without even a slap on the wrist. Have you heard of any of the world's leaders talk about imposing sanctions on the Israeli regime for their atrocities & terrorism on the palestinians or for their huge stock pile of nuclear weapons ?!?? Nope, they rather ignore the guilty murderous thugs and go for Iran who they **think** are building nuclear weapons. Hypocrisy at its finest!

  • mhlengwem - 2012-01-24 21:53

    Israel is a weapon of mass destruction in this world. Very soon it will be the source of world war 3. Watch this space

      Fred - 2012-03-18 21:51

      Why would you support the abuse of the Palestinians?

  • faerrab - 2012-01-25 08:49

    Most people giving negative votes are most probably not well informed in regard to Wetsern atrocities as well as Israeli Atrocities - Blacks in the US are starving while their governmanet is providing Billions of dollars in Aid to Israel and Arab cronies. I still take my hat off to the US -Led West as there are no Brics or non - aligned states can take them on they are simply too smart for the rest.

      Fred - 2012-03-18 21:54

      Clearly you're not well informed about what is really going on in the Middle East. For tribal reasons you're ironically supporting the abuse of millions of Muslims, especially women, by unelected dictators who are using the Palestinians for their own selfish aims. Plus, you say nothing about the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilians being maimed and killed INTENTIONALLY by Jihadist suicide and car bombers in their attempts to take the world back 2,500 years. So there's really no moral or sensible backdrop to your statement.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-18 21:19

    What more proof do we need to show Abraham/moses...blah blah that his other beloved spoilt kids are now turning into chuckys and tinsels?

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