Demolitions in the West Bank soar
The West Bank has endured an unprecedented number of demolitions during the first part of 2016, leaving an average of 45 Palestinian every week homeless.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the OPT at the end of March the total number of demolitions this year equaled 465, which is only marginally less than the total for the whole of 2015 (521) (OCHA Protection of Civilians report March 28th). In the last week of March 95 Palestinians were left homeless due to demolitions in Khirbet Tana and Hebron.
On Monday 4th April 7 homes were destroyed in 24 hours, 3 of them belonging to the families of 3 Palestinian men who were gunned down after they killed an Israeli soldier near Damascus gate in February. In a move dubbed as ‘collective punishment’ by Palestinian leaders the families were left homeless and clashes broke out in Qabatiya in response. 5 Palestinians were injured after being shot by rubber-coated steel bullets, and rushed to hospital in Jenin.
Take Action Now!
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions has put together a template letter for you to use to write to your MP about the demolitions in the West Bank. Demolitions have included not only homes, but a school for Bedouin children and structures vital to the income of Palestinians. Please write to your MP and highlight this illegal act now.
There is also a petition you can sign to campaign against the destruction of two unrecognised Bedouin villages, Um al-Hiran and Atir, which if destroyed will be used for a new Jewish community, called Hiran in it’s place. The 1200 Palestinians inhabitants will be forcibly moved to the over-crowded town of Hura.