Palestinians face repeated house demolitions in the Jordan Valley; al-Araqib
March 19, 2012
Last week, Israeli bulldozers razed homes and livestock pens in a wave of demolitions in the occupied Jordan Valley in the West Bank. And on 6 March, the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Naqab was destroyed for the 33rd time since July 2010. Because of the rampant demolitions, the residents of al-Araqib have now been forced to live in the village’s cemetery.
Demolitions in the Jordan ValleyAccording to reports by the Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Israeli forces invaded the village of Fasayil al-Wusta on 13 March, declaring the village a "closed military zone" and giving the residents 15 minutes to remove their belongings before their homes were demolished.
JVSC’s report adds:
The next day, 14 March, Israeli bulldozers raided the village of Jiftlik and demolished several homes. JVSC reports that 22 persons were made homeless.
The report adds:
Several days earlier, on 8 March, Israeli forces destroyed farmland in the Jordan Valley village of Al Farisiya. JVSC stated:
As women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the women of this community had their livelihoods destroyed. This was not an isolated incident - during the last week Israeli soldiers have been training extensively with tanks and armored vehicles in the northern Jordan Valley.JVSC has uploaded more photographs of the recent demolitions to their account on Flickr.
Chronic demolitions continue in al-Araqib (Naqab)Meanwhile, at noon on 6 March in the "unrecognized village" of al-Araqib in the Naqab (Negev), residential structures were destroyed for the 33rd time since July 2010 by Israeli bulldozers. The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been a key player in organizing the demolitions and "clearing land" to make way for a forest on al-Araqib’s land.
Rotem added: "The residents had a few shacks outside [the parameters of the cemetery], including the hospitality tent, where people go to drink tea and welcome visitors – these were all demolished. The [Israeli forces] got into the area and within a few minutes they were finished. During the first few demolitions, [the structures] were all cement, but now when we’re talking about a couple of shacks, it only takes a few minutes to finish."
Following the demolition, DuKium tweeted:
Last month, DuKium photographed a bulldozer razing soil on al-Araqib land. The bulldozer was emblazoned with a JNF logo (pictured below).