Israel and Palestinia

Trip Start Jul 13, 2009
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Trip End Sep 26, 2010


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South Hebron Hills

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

After two weeks in Israel and Palestinia, I got a little bit closer to the conflict. I met wonderful people form both sides, Jews and Arabs. I cannot generalize and say that some are good and some are bad, but i cannot hide the fact that I have seen the worst scenarios and the unfairest treatments to people in a discriminatory way. I will share the latrst text written by Ehud Krinis about the last demolition that took place in the S. Hebron Hills. This is just a portrait of many years happengin the same.

The demolitions that the Israeli Occupation forces carried out in the the same day in South Hebron Hills (Thursday, 24.11.11) show that the duration of the bureaucracy leading up to the demolition itself changes from case to case: in the instance of Muhammad Mussa Mu'ghanem from Susya it was over within a few weeks. Without legal defense , no more than two months passed from the date the orders were issued to stop the works until hursday, 24.11 when the bulldozer, escorted by army and police forces, arrived and demolished the two temporary structures that had served the Mughanem family in the past months.
On the other hand, in the case of the cave dwellers hamlet of Umm Fakra, the same bureaucratic process leading up to the demolition has lasted much longer: in spring 2000, the inhabitants returned to their hamlet from which they had been expelled in winter 1999. According to a High Court of Justice ruling enabling their return, they were prevented from any construction work until the final ruling in their case. The years went by and the final ruling was not given. The freeze preventing any possible development at Umm Fakra (including the forbidden connection to the power grid -see http://villagesgroup.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/south-hebron-hills-update) became a permanent fact. About 4 years ago, the inhabitants of Umm Fakra began to breach this freezing order and dared build a small stone mosque for their own use. At the same time, the village elder, Mahmoud Hamamde, put up a structure with two dwelling rooms on top of his cave, for the use of his growing family. The following years saw some more structures built in Umm Fakra. The Civil  Administration has issued work cessation orders against all of these additions, shortly after their construction. The lawyers hired by the owners managed to delay the Occupation bureaucracy's inevitable action for several years, until last Thursday (24.11.11): two bulldozers arrived at the hamlet, escorted by CA agents, soldiers and policemen, and completely demolished the village mosque and the living structure of the Hamamde family that served as a rabbit pen. Only one of the two rabbits at the time survived, the other died in the process. While demolishing at Umm Fakra, the Occupation forces arrested two young women of the hamlet - the mukhtar's daughter, Sausan Hamamda, a 21-year old student, and her 17-year old relative, Amal Hamamda. The two were taken to Tel Mond prison inside Israel. From the little information we have at this point, apparently the Israeli police intends to accuse these two young women (whose professional and academic studies we have been supporting) of serious offenses, as might cause their relatively long incarceration.
 
Ehud Krinis
The Villages Group
http://villagesgroup.wordpress.com
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