of Khirbat Yarza, Tubas, yesterday morning (deep inside the West Bank).
Over 60% of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank is under “Israeli control”, though
in practise, all of the Palestinian territories are.
But in this case, it means, Palestinians cannot build or repair houses without
Israeli permission. In 95%, however, Palestinians do not get permission to
build or repair,and in the few cases they do get permission, they have to wait
for years. According to the Israeli NGO Brimkon, the Israeli Civil Administr-
ation grants only 12 permitsa year.
Over a three day period, Israeli authorities demolished a mind-blowing
amount of Palestinian structures:
Tuesday: a mosque and seven buildings in the Jordan valley and a house that
is home to 18 people in Yatta, Southern West Bank.
The day before: seven businesses near Hizme, a large family home in the
At-Thuri neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, a newly built road and a
green-house in the Salfit region in the North of the West Bank, six structures
in Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley, and the day before that: more buildings in
East Jerusalem. Earlier this week,Israeli demolished the Bedouin village
of Arakeeb in the Negev (today’s Israel) for the seventh time since July
For more info on this week’s wave of demolitions, see Popular Struggle’s
Supporters of Israel should worry less about the construction of mosques in the
United States, and more about their destruction in the West Bank, which is a much
greater affront to our values.
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