Wednesday, June 06, 2012

“Pull down your house, now!”

Imagine that a foreign country has conquered Britain, and one day an army unit arrives and orders you to demolish your house with your own hands, so that they can build a settlement for their people there.

In the real world, this action – building on the occupied territory of another country - is against international law, but the Israelis do it all the time in Palestine. Not only that, we in the EU, along with the USA, continue to support Israel with money and arms, while turning a blind eye to the way they treat Palestinians – ordinary Palestinians, quietly trying to get on with their lives. People just like you and me.

Here’s a report from Today in Palestine via Mondelweiss -

Yesterday [June 5th] the Israeli authorities forced four Palestinian families to demolish with their own hands their homes in Wadi al-Maleh area in the northern part of the occupied Jordan Valley as a prelude to evacuating the area from its Palestinian residents…

Aref Daraghme, head of Wadi al-Maleh village council, said the Israeli authorities gave the families, which live in one area of the village, 24 hours to leave their homes and move somewhere else. However, Israeli army units arrived at the area before the expiry of the warning period and forced the families to demolish their homes with their own hands. He said the Israeli authorities had previously demolished a large number of Palestinian houses in the same area and prevented residents from working on their land. All of this is done for the benefit of illegal settlements in the Jordan valley, he said.

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The picture I have used above is a photo of another one of four houses destroyed – this time by Israeli “army tractors” in April this year.

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