At least 65 people, including 35 children, were displaced after Israeli forces demolished the Palestinian Bedouin community of Humsa al-Baqai’a in the Jordan Valley yesterday, including living and farming structures provided by the international community.
Christopher Holt of the West Bank Protection Consortium, a group of international aid agencies supported by the European Union that is assisting the residents, said the demolitions left the villagers, who earn their livelihood primarily by herding some 4,000 sheep, homeless again.
“We understand what happened this morning is that the Israeli military entered the community at around 9am and they demolished everything in the community, including eight residential structures, shelters for animals, as well as agricultural structures,” he was quoted by Al Jazeera.
“Israeli forces tried to forcibly transfer the families, which is illegal because this is occupied territory and the families have refused to leave…it’s a very serious escalation.”
The Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military and civil control. Some of the makeshift homes and farm facilities there were provided by the European Union.
This community is one of the most vulnerable in the occupied West Bank, with limited access to basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, education and health services.
Israel launched several air raids on the Gaza Strip in May, during the holy fasting month of Ramadhan, which killed at least 256 Palestinians, including 66 children, and destroyed buildings and infrastructure facilities while rockets launched by Palestinian groups killed at least 12 people, including two children. The escalation ended after 11 days with an internationally brokered ceasefire.
Israel’s 11-day bombardment of Gaza in May drew condemnation and anger all over the world. Israeli government claimed its aircraft were attacking only Hamas group.
Hamas spokesman told Reuters news agency that Palestinians would continue to pursue their “brave resistance and defend their rights and sacred sites” in Jerusalem.
Even after cease fire, on June 15, Israel launched air raids on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian groups in the besieged enclave sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel. No reports of casualties on either side.
The Israeli raids come two days after the new Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, took power.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as Prime Minister has ended but the occupation and oppression of the Palestinians is still going on which shows that nothing has changed despite the new leadership.
Palestinian Ambassador to Malaysia Mr Walid Abu Ali told Big Blue TV in an exclusive interview on Monday that no matter which new Israeli government took over the power, the situation in Palestine would not change.
“Israeli’s occupation, atrocity, oppression and aggression against the Palestinians will continue. They are all united and (all) the same,” he said.
The new government on Monday approved a racist, provocative demonstration by Israeli far-right nationalists and pro-settler groups through occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of people, waving flags with some chanting “death to Arabs” paraded in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, drawing anger and condemnation from Palestinians, international media reported.