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92 Families At Risk of Home Demolition



Ninety-two people from the Palestinian village of Hmayyir, in the al-Farisiya area of theoccupied West Bank, have had their homes demolished as the Israeli authorities continue with large-scale destruction there. On 5 August, 27 tents that people were living in and 10 other properties used for agricultural purposes were demolished. People are at risk across the West Bank.

Israel military officials returned to Hmayyir at around 7.30am on 5 August, using two bulldozers to flatten the area. The 27 tents destroyed were newly erected tents and had been donated to families by the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Local Government as an emergency measure, after the Israeli army destroyed 74 properties, including family homes, on 19 July, affecting over 100 people, including 52 children. The destruction yesterday displaced a further 22 people, of whom 11 are children. 

According to the latest figures from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 135 people in total were affected by the demolitions on 19 July and 5 August. 

Hmayyir lies within the 60 per cent of the West Bank designated as “Area C”, which is completely under Israeli control; Palestinians living there face destruction of their property and severe restrictions on building . The latest demolitions reflect an extremely worrying trend in the Israeli government’s apparent policy to increase the destruction of property. According to OCHA, 550 Palestinians have lost their homes or sources of livelihood in recent weeks. More than two thirds of demolitions carried out in 2010 occurred in July alone. Between the beginning of the year and end of July, according to UN statistics, 230 structures were demolished, affecting 1,122 people, of whom 410 are children. Only two days ago, the Israeli army demolished two brick structures used for livestock in ‘Azzun ‘Atma, in Qalqiliya, on grounds the family did not have permission to build. 

On 29 July, the UN Human Rights Committee expressed concern at Israel’s “frequent administrative demolition of property, homes, as well as schools in the West Bank and East Jerusalem…” and called on Israel to “review its housing policy and issuance of construction permits with a view to implementing the principle of non-discrimination regarding minorities, in particular Palestinians…” 

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Calling on the authorities to place an immediate moratorium on house demolitions and forced evictions in the West Bank and to “review its housing policy and issuance of construction permits” in accordance with the UN Human Rights Committee’s recommendations; 

Condemning the demolition of the homes in al-Farisiya and urging them to cease further destruction; 

Calling for responsibility for planning and building regulations in the Jordan Valley to be placed solely with the local Palestinian communities. 


Minister of Defence 

Ehud Barak         

37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya 

Tel Aviv 61909, Israel         

Fax: +972 3 691 6940/696 2757 

Email:         minister@mod. gov.il   

Salutation: Dear Minister 

Military Judge Advocate General 

Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit         

David Elazar Street 

Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel         

Fax: +972 3 569 4526/608 0366 

Email:         avimn@idf.gov. il 

Salutation: Judge Advocate General 




Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the first update of UA 163/10 (MDE 15/015/2010) 

ADditional Information
On 29 July, the UN Human Rights Committee issued its observations following its consideration of Israel’s report on its implementation of its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it is a state party. The Committee expressed concern at Israel’s “frequent administrative demolition of property, homes, as well as schools in the West Bank and East Jerusalem due to the absence of construction permits, their issuance being frequently denied to Palestinians… [and] discriminatory municipal planning systems, in particular in “area C” of the West Bank, as well as East Jerusalem, disproportionately favouring the Jewish population of these areas”. It called on Israel to “further review its housing policy and issuance of construction permits with a view to implementing the principle of non-discrimination regarding minorities, in particular Palestinians” (see http://www2. ohchr.org/ english/bodies/ hrc/docs/ CCPR.C.ISR. CO.3.doc). 

Attempts by the authorities to remove the Palestinian population from Area C of the West Bank appear to be escalating. Israel maintains complete control in terms of planning and construction over Area C of the West Bank, where approximately 150,000 Palestinians live without representation at any level of the Israeli military planning system, leaving them constantly vulnerable to forced eviction and house demolition. 

FU on UA: 163/10 Index: MDE 15/018/2010 Issue Date: 6 August 2010 

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