Press Release: Israeli Army and Border Police destroy 6 housetents and a outside toilet at the Palestinian village of Bir – Al ‘Idd in the South Hebron Hills | Operation Dove

Press Release | June 21, 2011

Israeli Army and Border Police destroy 6 housetents and a outside toilet at the Palestinian village of Bir – Al ‘Idd in the South Hebron Hills

South Hebron Hills, June 20th 2011

On the morning of June 20th 2011 Israeli Army and Border Police destroyed 6 housetents, and a cinderblock outside toilet at the palestinian village of Bir – Al ‘Idd in the South Hebron Hills. The families directly affected are Rab’ai, Abu ‘Ram, Abu Junis and ‘Adara.  According to villagers Israeli officials arrived in the early morning with heavy equipment, and quickly destroyed the tents and cinderblock construction.  Internationals and other national allies arrived in the village only to be told that the area was a closed military zone and that all who refused to leave would be arrested.

The village of Bir Al ‘Idd is based between two Israeli ideological outposts, Mitzpe Yair and Nof Nesher. After years of threats, harassments and aggresions inflicted by settlers, some Palestinian families had to leave the village moving to others locations. Last year in 2010 the Palestinian families decided to return to the area, after a legal proceeding in which the Israeli High Court recognized their right to access of their land surrounding Bir Al ‘Idd, therby the right to live in the village.

What happened today, is one of many cases of political displacement continually carried out by the Israeli army in the South Hebron Hills. The last demolition in the area was on the 5th of May 2011 in the village of Al Aminiyr where the entire village was destroyed leaving the families homeless.

Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Picture of the incident: http://snipurl.com/20bpkh

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

 

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