Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where Can This Baby Sleep?

Where Can This Baby Sleep?:

Read Amnesty International Report on the Israeli threat against Al-Aqabah Village

via Download Documents from Amnesty International by Amnesty International on 7/13/08
The future of a small village, ‘Aqaba is under threat. The Israeli army considers the homes and virtually every structure in the village as ‘illegal’. In this document Amnesty International calls on the Israeli government to: rescind all demolition orders in ‘Aqaba and of unlicensed houses in Area C

UN Report: 3,000 Palestinian homes under threat of demolition
May 28, 2008
Source: IMEMC
A report by the United Nations released on Wednesday revealed that 3,000 homes in the West Bank are under the imminent threat of destruction by Israeli forces. The homes in question were built by indigenous Palestinians without Israeli permits – according to the UN report, 94% of permit applications by Palestinians since 2000 have been denied.

Palestinians, indigenous to the land now occupied by Israel, have to apply for permits in order to build on their own land. This situation has become increasingly difficult since 1967, when the state of Israel began to occupy all parts of what was once Palestine, and move hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants to settle on land seized from Palestinians.

The most recent count by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs shows that the Israeli government’s plan to take over more than 60% of the West Bank (one of two Palestinian territories, where most Palestinians now live) is well underway. Since 1990, more than 500,000 Israelis have been transferred to live on illegally-seized Palestinian land.

According to the new report, the 3,000 homes to be demolished include ten whole villages which will be completely displaced from their ancestral land and turned into refugees, as Israeli settlements are constructed on their land.

The homes in question are located in ‘Area C’, which was left under Israeli control during the Oslo Peace Agreement of 1993, to be renegotiated within five years. The Palestinian Authority agreed to the conditions of the Oslo Agreement under the presumption that the land, which constitutes 60% of the West Bank, would be returned to Palestinian control after five years. This re-negotiation never happened, and the areas remain under total Israeli control. Most Israeli settlements that have been constructed on Palestinian land in the last ten years have been constructed on ‘Area C’ land.

The UN Report stated that in the first quarter of 2008, Israeli authorities demolished 124 structures as compared with 107 for the whole of 2007, leading to the displacement of 435 Palestinians, 135 of them children. The Agency voiced concern that the upcoming 3,000 demolitions would disproportionately impact children, who make up more than 15% of the Palestinian population in the West Bank.

"A man from the village of Al-Aqabah in the West Bank contemplates the injustice of the Israeli Supreme Court ruling that his home should be destroyed. There are just 45 buildings in his village. 35 have demolition orders.
For more details go to The Rebuilding Alliance"

A woman from the village of Al-Aqabah in the West Bank wonders why the Israeli army wants to demolish her meagre, one-room shack. There are just 45 buildings in her village. 35 have demolition orders. For more details go to The Rebuilding Alliance

House Demolition Video by B'Tselem

“The Kindergarten in Al Aqabah” — a 14 min film by Amir Terkel

“.. After the army base was removed from the village a few months, we started helping the people to return to their homes. The first thing we did was to start fixing the kindergarten... Through the work of the Rebuilding Alliance, the kindergarten opened in May 2004, with an enrollment of 80 children. ”

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