Israel hands eviction notices to 4 Palestinian families in Jordan Valley

Palestinians can be seen inside a tent after they were evicted from their homes in the Jordan valley by Israeli forces due to military training [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Palestinians can be seen inside a tent after they were evicted from their homes in the Jordan valley by Israeli forces due to military training

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday delivered eviction notices to four Palestinian families near the village of Khirbet Al-Yirza, east of Tubas in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank, under the pretext of conducting military operations.

According to human rights activist, Aref Daraghmeh, Israeli authorities handed over eviction notices to Faysal Masaid, Ismail Masaid, Jamal Daraghmeh and Muhammad Daraghmeh, ordering them to leave their tents and homes.

The notices had a schedule of the planned times Israeli forces would conduct military operations in the area; Monday from 4pm to 6am, Thursday from 4pm to 6am, and Tuesday 14 August from 4pm until 6am on Thursday 15 August.

Daraghmeh mentioned that Israeli forces had demolished the homes of the four Palestinian families several years ago.

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Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley regularly face evacuations due to Israeli military exercises on or near their land.

The district of Tubas is one of the occupied West Bank’s most important agricultural centres.

The majority of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control, despite being within the occupied West Bank. At least 44 per cent of the total area of the Jordan Valley has been reappropriated by Israeli occupation forces for military purposes and training exercises.

According to the Palestinian nonprofit the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ), more than 400,000 dunams (98,842 acres) of the 720,000 dunams (177,916 acres) that make up the total area of the Jordan Valley has been transformed into closed military and firing zones, with at least 27,000 dunams (6,672 acres) confiscated for illegal Israeli settlement building.

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The Israeli rights group B’Tselem has emphasized the detrimental effects such training exercises have on communities that are dependent on farming and shepherding. “B’Tselem’s research has found that over the course of the military manoeuvre, ten sheep and goats died in the evacuated communities. In addition, ammunition remnants from the military training caused fires.”

Israeli military training exercises in the Jordan Valley have increased dramatically since 2012 and are one of many tools used to forcibly displace rural Palestinian communities, NGO Jordan Valley Solidarity says, part of an historic process of creeping annexation of the valley by Israel’s military.

(Source / 03.08.2018)

155 Palestinians killed in Great March of Return

Palestinian medical staff carry a wounded woman during a protest within the "Great March of Return" demonstrations near Israel-Gaza border in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 July, 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian medical staff carry a wounded protester during the ‘Great March of Return’ near the Israel-Gaza border in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 July, 2018

Some 155 Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces as they took part in the “Great March of Return” protests in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Health has revealed.

Twenty-three of those killed were minors under the age of 18 and three were women.

In addition to those killed, 17,259 Palestinians were injured in  the protests; 3,279 of whom were children and 1,553 women.

Of those injured, the ministry said, 4,348 were struck with live ammunition, 430 with rubber-coated steel bullets, and a1,593 suffered severe gas suffocation cases.

Sixty-eight cases of amputations were reported, most in the lower extremities, two in the upper extremities and six Palestinians lost one or more fingers.

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Two medics were killed and another 360 were injured with live bullets and tear-gas suffocation and 69 ambulances were damaged as a result of Israel’s heavy-handed response to unarmed Palestinian protesters.

On 30 March, Palestinians launched a protest movement dubbed “The Great March of Return” to demand their right to return to the homes their families were forced out of during the Nakbaand an end to Israel’s stifling siege on the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 03.08.2018)