UPDATE : military trainings damaged Palestinian harvest in Jinba, South Hebron Hills.

maggio 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm

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On May 14, an Israeli military training took place on a Palestinian- owned fields, near to the Palestinian Village of Jinba, on Masafer Yatta, in Firing Zone 918.

During the training, Palestinian inhabitants suffered destruction of their owned fields and a restriction on freedom of movement. A part of their cultivated fields were damaged by military activities and the shepherds had to herd their flock in a limited area. Because of this, Palestinians suffered the consequences of a loss in their familiar economy.

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According to the international law, Israeli Army violated the rights of the population of the occupied territory:

– Article 46 of Huauge Declaration states that the private property must be respected and can’t be confiscated;

– Article 53 of IVth Geneva Convention asserts that the destruction of private property is forbidden except where it “is rendered absolutely necessary by military operation”. This necessity clearly refers to combat situation. So a military training cannot be justified because it does not constituted a military need and for that reason the destruction of the fields is unlawful.

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UPDATE : Trainings militari danneggiano il raccolto nel villaggio plaestinese di Jinba, South Hebron Hills

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Il 14 Maggio, su campi palestinesi vicino al villaggio di Jimba, Masafer Yatta, Firing Zone 918, si è svolta un’esercitazione militare dell’esercito israeliano.

Durante l’esercitazione, gli abitanti del villaggio hanno subito danni alle loro terre e limitazioni alla loro libertà di movimento. Infatti una parte dei campi coltivati è stata danneggiata e i pastori sono stati costretti a far pascolare i loro greggi in aree limitate. Questo rappresenta per i palestinesi una perdita nella loro economia di sussistenza familiare.

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Secondo la legge internazionale, l’esercito israeliano ha violato i diritti delle popolazioni dei territori occupati:

-Art. 46 della Convenzione dell’Aia, dichiara che la proprietà privata deve essere rispettata e non può essere confiscata;

– Art. 53 della IV Convenzione di Ginevra, afferma che la distruzione della proprietà privata è vietata tranne in caso in cui è assolutamente necessaria per operazioni militari. Questa necessità fa chiaramente riferimento ad un contesto di guerra. Le esercitazioni militari non sono quindi giustificate e non costituiscono una necessità militare e per questa ragione la distruzione delle terre è illegale.

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VIDEO : Demonstration in Susiya on May 16, 2015

maggio 17, 2015 at 11:25 am

 

On May 16, Palestinians from South Hebron Hills and from different popular Struggle Committee of all West Bank, Israeli an international activists, gathered in Susiya village (that is suffering for the imminent eviction’s threat) in order to demonstrate their solidarity with the villagers.

The demonstration was also to remember the Nakba of 1948, when an estimated 700,000 Palestinians were expelled  from their own land and hundreds of Palestinians town and villages were destroyed.

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Il 16 maggio i palestinesi delle Colline a Sud di Hebron e di vari Comitati di Resistenza Popolare da tutta la Cisgiordania, assieme ad attivisti israeliani e internazionali, si sono radunati a Susiya (che è sotto minaccia di demolizione) per manifestare la loro solidarietà verso gli abitanti di questo villaggio.

La manifestazione è stata fatta anche in ricorrenza del memoriale della Nakba del 1948, quando circa 700,000 Palestinesi furono espulsi dalla propria terra e molte delle loro città e villaggi distrutti.

 

UPDATE : two demolition orders delivered in Susiya

maggio 11, 2015 at 12:35 pm

 

On May 10, at 10:40 am, DCO, accompanied by Israeli Army, delivered the demolition orders for two animal shelters in the Palestinian village of Susiya. The officer also pictured structures belonging to the village as houses,  the school and the recreation ground.

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In 1986 the village of Susiya was declared archeological site, its land expropriated and inhabitants were evicted and forced to move in their nearby agricultural land where on 2012, Israel’s Civil Administration distributed demolition orders to over 50 temporary structures.

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In 2014 the residents of Susiya, represented by Rabbi for Human Rights, sued for a request to freeze the demolition order’s implementation. In 2015, on May 5,  the Israeli High Court rejected that request, allowing the demolition of the village.

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Now the threat to be evicted and deported again, becomes more imminent for the inhabitants  of Susiya.

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Il 10 maggio, alle 10:40 del mattino, la DCO (District Coordination Office), accompagnata dall’esercito israeliano, ha consegnato l’ordine di demolizione a due ricoveri per animali, nel villaggio palestinese di Susiya. L’ufficiale della DCO ha inoltre fotografato doverse strutture del villaggio, come la scuola, il parco giochi e le case.

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Nel 1986 il villaggio di Susiya fu dichiarato sito di interesse archeologico. Gli abitanti di conseguenza furono evacuati, le loro terre espropriate, e furono obbligati a ricollocarsi nei propri terreni agricoli limitrofi, dove, nel 2012, l’amministrazione civile israeliana consegnò 50 nuovi ordini di demolizione alle strutture abitative temporanee.

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Nel 2014, i palestinesi residenti di Susiya, rappresentati in sede legale dai Rabbini per i Diritti Umani, hanno consegnato una petizione per congelare l’implementazione degli ordini di demolizione. Il 5 maggio 2015, l’alta corte israeliana ha rifiutato questa richiesta, permettendo così la distruzione del villaggio palestinese.

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Attualmente, per gli abitanti di Susiya,  la minaccia di essere sgomberati e deportati nuovamente sta diventando ogni giorno più incombente.

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VIDEO : Settler’s harassment in Umm Al Arayes

maggio 10, 2015 at 10:56 am

RHR/Press Release : Israeli State pushes court to take unusual step threatening immediate demolition of entire Palestinian village.

maggio 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

PRESS RELEASE | MAY 5 2015

Israeli state pushes court to take unusual step threatening immediate demolition of entire Palestinian village 

The entire Palestinian village of Susya is in danger of demolition and expulsion. By refusing to issue an interim order preventing preemptive demolitions before their case is heard, the Israeli High Court is allowing for the demolition of the entire Palestinian village of Susya and subsequent expulsion of its 340 residents. The refusal of the State to commit to not demolishing before the conclusion of proceedings suggests it has plans to destroy the village in the near future.  

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On one hand, the High Court of Justice is willing to hear the village’s petition to legitimize its status, but on the other hand, the court allows the village to be destroyed before even deciding on the case. 

On May 5 2015, High Court Judge Noam Solberg rejected the request for an interim order by the Palestinian village of Susya, represented by Rabbis for Human Rights, in a petition against the Civil Administration’s decision to reject the master plan prepared by the village and subsequent demolition of the entire village. 

The village argued that their plan was rejected for non-professional reasons and that the village should be legalized due to its unique history.  The residents sought an interim order to freeze the implementation of the demolitions until the petition is heard, as is standard practice in these sort of cases.It was against this request for an interim order that Justice Solberg, without even conducting a hearing on the request, made the unusual move of granting the state’s request not to freeze the orders. This decision means that the Civil Administration can now destroy Susya at any time. The demolition of the village will lead to hundreds of residents living in the desert with no roof over their heads and may result in their displacement. The state’s refusal to commit to waiting for a conclusion to the court proceedings raises great alarm that it intends to implement the demolition order in the near future; tragically, it seems the villagers are in real danger.

In the petition, Susya’s residents claimed that the army is obliged to legalize their village as it was the one to confiscate their land and their caves in 1986, leaving them without a housing solution and forcing them to move to their adjacent agricultural lands. As evidence to the life in the village prior to the expropriation, various testimonials and photographs of life in caves were presented to the judge. Among other things, there were documented photos of a visit by the US Consulate to the village at the beginning of 1986. The photos and testimony clearly shows that the Palestinian village of Susya is an old village formed prior to the Israeli occupation and the declaration of the area as an archaeological site.

Among the evidence was the opinion of the late governmental legal adviser Plia Albeck (considered to be very pro-settlement and who wrote in her memoirs that she tried to find legal ways to declare Palestinian land as State land), indicating the existence of a Palestinian village in 1982 where today the archaeological site stands.

Despite the evidence presented before him, revealing the many injustices done to the villagers – from the expropriation and dispossession of their lands, to the refusal by the state to recognize the status of the village in its new location –  Judge Sohlberg did not  agree to  hear the case before allowing the demolishment the village and setting the fate of its inhabitants.

Attached to the petition, inter alia, was an expert opinion by Prof. Eyal Benvenisti, a renowned expert in international law, stipulating that the demolition of the village of Susya constitutes a war crime.

This week, a report by radical right-wing NGO “Regavim” (which has close ties to the settlement enterprise) was exposed indicating that in the nearby Jewish settlement, also called Susia, there are 23 illegal homes built on private Palestinian land. We have no indication of any attempt by the state to demolish these illegal structures in the settlement Sussia or in its nearby outposts. We see in this current situation that this Jewish settlement, whose very existence is prohibited by international law, and where some of its homes are sitting on private Palestinian land, is prosperous, while the Palestinian village of Susya, whose inhabitants are on their own private land, is at risk of displacement and  loss of their entire village.

Background:

In 1986 the village of Susya was declared an archaeological site, its land expropriated, and its inhabitants, who lived in caves, were deported. While the Palestinians were told that they could not reside in an archeological site, Israeli settlers live in an illegal outpost located inside the archeological site.

After the expulsion, villagers were forced to move to their neighboring agricultural plots. Because there was no willingness to grant a zoning plan, they involuntarily became illegal builders. Dozens of villagers followed procedures in attempts to obtain building permits, but those attempts were rejected. In 2012 the villagers raised funds and submitted a proposed master plan, drawn up by Professor Rassem Khamaiseh, for the Civil Administration for review.  The plan would authorize construction in the village according to accepted standards of professional planning.

The plan was rejected in 2013 on very questionable grounds, indicating a double standard in planning, and blatant discrimination against the Palestinian population. For example, it was argued that the number of residents in the village, which is a few hundred people, is not substantial enough to grant it independent planning as its own entity.  On the other hand, dozens of unauthorized outposts which are built housing only a handful of residents are approved by the Civil Administration’s planning body. In addition, it was argued that the plan will prevent the population from properly developing and moving out of poverty, and therefore, they should be moved to an adjacent city. It should be noted that the city is, of course, in Area A, and what actually prevents the progress of Susya is the lack of infrastructure which they are prevented from building. Also important to note is that Israelis are permitted to choose their preferred way of life – be it urban or rural, and are not forced by the state into one or the other.

In 2014, Rabbis for Human Rights petitioned the High Court on behalf of the Susya village council and its residents against the decision to reject the village master plan (HCJ 1420/14). As mentioned, on May 5th the court rejected the request for an interim injunction, leaving the whole village vulnerable to imminent demolition.

The big picture:

The danger of demolishing and expropriating the village of Susya reflects the systemic problem of planning for Palestinian villages located in Area C; in these villages, planning is done by military planning committees, without representation of Palestinians, with the intent of preventing residents from building on their own land based on reasonable and professional planning standards. A recent High Court petition, submitted by the village council Dirat, Rabbis for Human Rights, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Society, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and St. Yves – Catholic Human Rights Center, demands  planning authority be returned to Palestinian villages for their own communities in order to prevent the tragic demolitions of hundreds of homes every year due to the impossibility of obtaining building permits.

 

Link to the article : Rabbis for Human Rights

To build R-existance

aprile 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

 

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Although they suffered by the 1999 eviction, during which the population of 15 villages was deported (and villages demolished) , although they suffered by several and continuous house demolitions, Palestinian from South Hebron Hills never gave up.
In this area where Israeli Army and settlers try to make the life impossible for Palestinians, resistance means existence.

Today, as in the previous two years, Palestinians continue to rebuild the demolished houses and structures like mosque, school and ovens.
Several families have been returning in their villages and the community is getting bigger.
The struggle of Palestinians from South Hebron Hills is successful as they inverted the strategy of Israeli occupation, that wants to evict Palestinian communities living in Area C (under under full Israeli administrative and military control, according Oslo Accords).

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Sebbene abbiano sofferto l’evacuazione del 1999, durante la quale la popolazione di 15 villaggi fu deportata (e i villaggi demoliti), sebbene abbiano subìto numerose e continue demolizioni, i palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron non si sono mai arresi.In quest’area in cui l’esercito israeliano e i coloni tentano di rendere la vita impossibile ai palestinesi, resistenza significa esistenza.

Oggi, così come negli ultimi due anni, i palestinesi hanno continuato a ricostruire le case demolite e le strutture come moschee, scuola e forni.Numerose famiglie stanno ritornando ai loro villaggi e la comunità si sta allargando sempre più.La lotta dei palestinesi delle South Hebron Hills è efficace perché è riuscita a invertire l’obiettivo della strategia dell’occupazione israeliana, che vorrebbe evacuare tutti i palestinesi delle comunità che vivono in area C (sotto il completo controllo amministrativo e militare, stando agli accordi di Oslo).

Waiting in a dangerous place

aprile 16, 2015 at 8:27 am

My name is Jaber. Yesterday I waited 1 hour in a dangerous place near an Israeli illegal  outpost. The Israeli military escort, supposed to protect me from the settlers of Havat Ma’on, was late. In the last two week the escort delay exposed me to the settler’s violence for a total of 4 hours and 40 minutes.

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Jaber, 10 years old (photo by Cristiano Freschi)

Il mio nome è Jaber. Ieri ho aspettato per un ora, in un posto pericoloso accanto all’avamposto, la scorta militare israeliana che in teoria dovrebbe proteggermi dai coloni di Havat Ma’on. Nelle ultime due settimane sono stato esposto per 4 ore e 40 minuti alla violenza dei coloni, a causa dei ritardi della scorta.

Excursion in South Hebron Hills

aprile 15, 2015 at 8:02 am

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On April 14, a group of Israeli people arrived in the South Hebron Hills area in order to make a naturalist research. They spent the day looking for flowers, butterflies, insects, behaving like they were in a normal area and not in a military occupied zone.

Actually, they were escorted all the time by a dozen of Israeli soldiers, patrolling the area from the early morning until late afternoon.

The excursion had negative impacts on the Palestinians daily life, as several shepherds had to move away from the area where they were grazing their flocks and some Palestinian properties has been damaged.

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Gita nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Il 14 aprile, un gruppo di israeliani si è recato nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron per effettuare una ricerca naturalistica, trascorrendo l’intera giornata alla ricerca di fiori, farfalle e insetti e comportandosi come se si trovassero in un luogo qualunque e non in territori occupati militarmente.

Di fatto, però, i ricercatori israeliani sono stati scortati per tutto il tempo da una dozzina di soldati, che hanno pattugliato l’aerea dalla prima mattina fino al tardo pomeriggio.

Questa escursione ha avuto impatti negativi sulle attività giornaliere dei palestinesi, poiché molti pastori si sono dovuti spostare in altre aree per pascolare i loro greggi e alcuni proprietà palestinesi sono state danneggiate.

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Harvesting is popular nonviolent resistance

aprile 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm

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Harvesting is popular nonviolent resistance

During this week Palestinians from South Hebron Hills started the harvest. Harvesting crops close an illegal Israeli outpost is popular nonviolent resistance.

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Durante questa settimana i Palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron hanno iniziato il raccolto. Lavorare la propria terra davanti ad un avamposto illegale israeliano è resistenza popolare nonviolenta.

UPDATE: Israeli activists attacked by masked settlers in Havat Ma’on

marzo 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm

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Israeli activists attacked by masked settlers in Havat Ma’on

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March 28, 2015
At Tuwani – South Hebron Hills, West Bank

On March 28, some Israeli activists from Ta’ayush have organized an action in order to protest against the attack of masked settlers to a six years old child, that was injured last saturday. This afternoon, they were walking near the Israeli illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on when some masked settlers came out from the outpost and start throwing stones toward them with slingshots. No activists were injured. When the Israeli police arrived a Ta’ayush activist filed a complaint against the settlers. In the last few weeks the settlers from the same illegal outpost harassed and attacked Palestinian people many times.

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Coloni mascherati di Havat Ma’on attaccano attivisti israeliani

28 marzo, 2015
At Tuwani – Colline a sud di Hebron, Cisgiordania

Oggi, 28 marzo, alcuni attivisti israeliani di Ta’ayush hanno organizzato un’azione per protestare contro l’attacco subito lo scorso sabato da una bambina palestinese di soli sei anni. Questo pomeriggio, mentre gli attivisti stavano camminando nei pressi dell’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on alcuni ragazzi coloni, mascherati, sono usciti dai boschi e hanno iniziato a lanciare pietre contro di loro con le fionde. Nessun attivista è stato ferito. All’arrivo della polizia israeliana uno degli attivisti ha sporto denuncia. I coloni dello stesso avamposto illegale sono stati protagonisti nelle ultime settimane di diversi attacchi contro adulti e bambini palestinesi.

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