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What is affected
Housing Private
Type of violation Demolition/destruction
Date 25 November 2015
Region MENA
Country Palestine
City al-Hadidiya, Jordan Valley

Affected persons (number & composition)

Total 48
Men 0
Women 0
Children 4
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Housing losses
- Number of homes 10
- Total value

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Military occupation
Brief narrative

At 7:30am, on 25 November 2015, in the al-Hadidiya community the Israeli army demolished the houses and animal shelters of three families. The army hit a pregnant woman, who had to be taken to hospital as she was bleeding.


 The Israeli courts had not issued a decision to allow the demolition to go ahead. The army came as they have come many times before without legal orders and this can be seen as punishment against Abu Saka who is part of the Jordan Valley Solidarity and the Popular Resistance campaigns in the al-Hadidiya community. A project to fix the road started one month ago, and he was responsible for liaising with the international organisations who funded the projects. The work to be carried out in the project would ensure that the road remained open in winter when conditions prevent anyone entering or leaving the village for weeks at a time. This would mean that children could continue to go to school without interruption.


The Israeli army kept watch after the demolition to see that the house was not rebuilt. They later returned in the afternoon and told Rashid al Kadiriy to go with them to his truck. They told him to inform the family that they cannot build legally here. He told them that the court had not made a decision regarding the legality. The army then asked for his and Abu Saka’s ID. He was informed that his JVS truck and Abu Saka’s tractor would be confiscated, if the rebuilt animal pens were not destroyed within one hour. The army said that it is not legal for the family to stay here and they should move elsewhere. Those affected are Ali Mohammad Ibsharat’s family- 4 people, including  2 children. Rasi Ibsharat’s family also 4 people, including 2 children. Abu Sakar’s family 11 people and 29 other family members from the nearby village. The families must sleep outside tonight including the women and children and also the animals.


After the demolition Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign started to rebuild one of the animal shelters, then the army came back and took the Palestinian ID of some of the activists and the truck of Jordan Valley  Solidarity Coordinator Rasheed Sawaftah  and the army threatened the community that they must take down the work they had done.





Hadidiya - Israel tears blankets from people


Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign


Tuesday, 1 December 2015


After the punitive demolitions on Thursday, 25 November that affected some 50 people of al Hadidiya and their livestock, until today Israel is prohibiting and destroying any shelter for people or animals. Last night, the military tore away a plastic blanket people had put over their bodies to protect them from the rain. 


The policies of the Israeli military against the community of al Hadidiya are brutal, ilegal and aimed at the forced transfer of the population from their lands.  


The day after the demolitions the community started to rebuild their homes and animal shelters. However, already the day after the military came to destroy all that had been re-built. 


On 28 November, the Red Crescent brought barracks for the animals and two tents for the families to take cover. However, already on the following day Israeli military came and destroyed and confiscated as well the structures offered by the Red Crescent. 


The people and their livestock are now forced to sleep in the open fields.


On November 30, the community members of al Hadidiya have been sleeping outside in the rain but were using a plastic sheet to cover themselves and the little bit of furniture or property they have been able to rescue. At around 9pm, Israeli military showed up again and tore away the plastic sheet from over the bodies of the people. The community relates that they have been warned that they were not allowed to use plastic sheets.  


All the while the solar panels have been kept intact by the Israeli military anxious not to destroy aid projects.


In front of the dramatic escalation of cruelty and insanity of Israeli military policies, international action is urgently needed. 



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