According to latest UN report on Israel, 390 shacks & other unsafe or illegal structures in the Jordan Valley were demolished in 2013, displacing roughly 600 Palestinians, twice as many as 2012.
Israel demolished 390 shacks and other structures in the West Bank’s strategic Jordan Valley in 2013, displacing nearly 600 Palestinians, twice as many as the year before, a UN agency said Thursday.
A destroyed structure at Twail Abu Jarwal. – Photo: Yeela Raanan
The fate of the valley is a sticking point in US-led negotiations that seek to produce a deal on setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Continue Reading »
According to a Red Cross official, Israeli military & civil officials took down tents it provided to residents after Israeli court ordered IDF to demolish illegal structures.
By Elior Levy
The International Committee of the Red Cross has stopped providing tents for Palestinian residents in the Jordan Valley whose houses were demolished by the IDF after the Israeli military destroyed them too.
ICRC Tents Destroyed by IDF in makeshift camps on public land in the Jordan Valley – Photo: YouTube screenshot
The decision came after the IDF tore down the tents and also prevented the organization from taking tents into villages in the area, as part of a humanitarian aid supply. Continue Reading »
Illegal Arab construction on open state land is part of a deliberate strategic takeover with orders from Palestinian Authority, Civil Administration official warns.
By Maayana Miskin
There is an ongoing coordinated effort among Palestinian Arabs to take over Israeli-owned land in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), a senior Civil Authority official warned Tuesday.
“Over the past two to three years, there’s been a battle for Area C,” said Marco Ben-Shabbat. “It’s not like what we saw before, with a single Palestinian building a private home illegally. It is much more organized.”
Ben-Shabbat indicated that those establishing illegal communities in Area C are receiving orders from above, but declined to say who was behind the campaign. Continue Reading »