For the last month our TV screens and newspapers have been filled with reports of Israel’s massacre of the people of Gaza. The bloodshed and brutality have caused outrage across the world and calls for international actions to hold Israel to account are growing. Whilst this is going on, the people on the other side of Palestine continue their struggle in relative silence against the gradual ethnic cleansing of their land.
House demolitions and ethnic cleansing in the Jordan Valley
On 31st May of this year, the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank delivered 32 demolition orders to families in the Jordan Valley ordering them to remove their homes or they will be bulldozed. Up to 304 people will become homeless as a result of the demolitions, 201 of which were only given 48 hours to evacuate with few being given the opportunity to appeal.
The very existence of the Palestinian communities in Al Hadidiya and Khirbet Ar Ras Al Ahmar has been threatened once again by the Israeli occupation authority. On 31st May 09 thirty two families were threatened with eviction or the demolition of their homes. The following details have been published by the United Nations.