HRW raps Israel for Bedouins' forceful displacement

HRW raps Israel for Bedouins' forceful displacement
Thu Sep 26, 2013 22:52:55

Human Rights Watch has blasted Israeli regime for mandatory transfer of Bedouins in the West Bank, calling it as a “prosecutable war crime.”

Joe Stork, the rights organization’s Middle East director said "The Israeli military should end its unjustified attempts to forcibly remove a decades-old community."

On September 16, Israeli forces destroyed properties built by the Palestinian Bedouin in the village of Khirbet al-Makhul, in the Jordan Valley.

According to UN sources, the move forced out 10 Bedouin families, including women and 16 children.

On September 20, the Israeli forces manhandled a group of European diplomats trying to hand out tents to the families whose homes had been demolished.

Diplomats from France, Britain, Greece, Ireland, Spain, and Sweden were accompanying aid workers.

The troops threw sound grenades at the group and pulled a French woman diplomat out of an aid truck before it drove away.

Three Palestinians were also reportedly arrested for throwing stones.

Khirbet al-Makhul is said to be home to about 120 people. The Israeli military destroyed their houses on September 16 after a court ruled that they had been constructed without building permits and declared the area a “closed military zone.”

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the Israeli regime has destroyed over 500 properties belonging to Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the West Bank since the beginning of this year. The regime has also displaced 862 people.



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