Brief an den israelischen Verteidigungsminister Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak
Ministry of Defence
37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya,
Tel Aviv 61909, ISRAEL

palestinian properties demolished

Dear Minister,

according to reports from Amnesty International, the Israeli army destroyed four domestic structures in al-Farisiya and Tell al-Himma, in the Tubas district in the occupied West Bank. This has affected three Palestinian Bedouin families of at least 19 people, including at least 11 children.

The Israeli military demolished Saleh Abu Amer‘s animal shelter in al-Farasiya village. About half an hour later, and an animal shelter and a residential structure belonging to Mahmoud Ayoub was destroyed in the nearby village of Tell al-Himma. Ghaleb Fuqha, also of Tell al-Himma, told, that the army bulldozed the cement foundation of his animal shelter and destroyed the metal poles used to support the structure in order to prevent him from re-building. The properties in Tell al-Himma had been donated to the village in 2008 by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

It has come to our attention too that under Israeli military law, evicted families are not entitled to alternative housing or compensation, meaning many would face homelessness and destitution were it not for relatives, friends and charities.

We are deeply concerned that no demolition orders were presented to the residents in advance of the destruction;

We deplore the demolitions in Tell al-Himma and al-Farisiya, which pose a serious threat to the livelihoods and well-being of the families.

We condemn the demolition of the structures in al-Farisiya and Tell al-Himma and we therefore urge you to cancel all demolition and eviction orders against Palestinians here and in the occupied West Bank.

Yours sincerely,

European Jews for a Just Peace, Germany

S.E.Herrn Yoram Ben Zeev
Auguste-Viktoria-Straße 74-76

14193 Berlin
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