On 10 and 21 June, the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) carried out two demolitions in the Bedouin community of Al Hadidiya (Tubas), displacing 37 people including 17 children. A further 15 people were affected, including 10 children. Among the demolished structures were eight residential tents, 21 animal barracks and pens and four outdoor kitchens. Several families were prevented from removing their belongings before the demolition. Al Hadidiya is a herding community of some 230 residents, half of whom live in the community on a seasonal basis, and is located next to the Israeli settlement of Ro’i in the northern Jordan Valley. Some community members report having born in this location in the 1950s. The community representative estimates that dozens of families have been permanently displaced since 1997, due to a combination of factors, primarily demolitions (1997, 2005-2007, 2008, and 2011), confiscation of water-related equipment (2000) and movement and access restrictions (increasing since 2000).
While the Israeli authorities have, in the past, claimed that some incidents of demolition and other activity in Al Hadidiya were due to the community’s location in a closed military zone, according to the community representative, all households displaced on 21 June live outside the boundaries of the closed military zone. They reportedly received demolition orders in 2008, but did not take legal action. In 2009, a further round of stop-work/evacuation orders for different structures was delivered and an Israeli High Court injunction was obtained to freeze the orders from 2009 (but not those from 2008). On 16 June 2011, orders were again distributed, giving residents three days to object to the demolition orders from 2008. An appeal was filed with the ICA on 19 June and rejected on the same day; the demolitions took place while the legal representative of the community was at the Israeli High Court to submit a petition.
Thus far, support provided to the community includes basic hygiene kits, residential tents, animal shelters and psycho-social counseling for residents.
These were the first demolitions in the community since 2008 and have created an urgent need for residential tents, animal shelter, psycho-social support, as well as food, water, hygiene and education kits. As a result, coping mechanisms in this community have been further eroded and the residents will likely be pushed deeper into a cycle of debt and poverty.