|70 Palestinians from Bedouin communities displaced
This week, 68 people, including 32 children, were forcibly displaced in the context of home demolitions, and another 42 were otherwise affected. All of the incidents occurred on 24 December, when the Israeli authorities demolished 28 structures in three Bedouin communities in Area C on grounds that they lacked Israeli-issued building permits. The humanitarian impact of the recent demolitions is of a particular concern given the low temperatures at this time of the year.
Twenty-one (21) of the demolished structures, including 14 residential structures, belonged to the Ein Ayoub community in the Ramallah governorate. The demolition resulted in the displacement of
the entire community, comprising 61 individuals, almost half of them children. The community, which belongs to the Jahalin tribe, was established on this site in 1980, following an agreement with the land owner, a resident of Deir 'Ammar village. This is the fourth Bedouin or herding community displaced in its entirety since August 2013.
The other seven demolished structures belonged to two other Bedouin communities in the Jericho governorate: six structures, including two residential structures, belonged to Fasayil Al Wusta community; and one animal barracks belonged to An Nuweima Al Fauqa community.
The Israeli authorities also issued at least 17 demolition orders this week, mainly against residential structures, in East Jerusalem and in Area C, placing nine Palestinian families at-risk of displacement.
This week's demolitions bring the total number of Palestinian structures demolished by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank in 2013 to 662 and the number of people displaced to 1,100, a 10 per cent and 24 per cent increase, respectively, over the equivalent figures during 2012 (604 and 886 respectively).