On Wednesday, April 25 2013, the zionist occupation informed more than 100 Bedouin families living at Wadi Al-Maleh in the occupied Jordan Valley that they have until Monday to evacuate their belongings and move somewhere else out of their homeland.
Mr. Aref Daraghme, head of the Al-Maleh local council, stated that the zionist occupation military had informed the residents of the area to evacuate their shacks and tents for military training, which will force them to eventually leave their homes. Mr. Daraghme said that this is not the first time Israeli soldiers have forced residents to evacuate their homes in order to conduct war exercises.
The israeli colonial occupation is moving forward with their expansionist practices and ethnic cleansing plans in the Jordan Valley with the aim of eventually cleansing the area from its indigenous Palestinian residents.
According to POICA, on March 26, 2012, the Israeli occupation Army bulldozers demolished 12 Palestinian structures in Al-Malih, Al-Faressiyya and Khirbet Humsa Bedouin communities in the northern parts of the Jordan Valley.
Al Malih is a Palestinian communities located east of Tubas Governorate in the northern parts of the West Bank. It is bordered by Bardala community to the north, Khirbet Al-Hadidieyyeh to the south, Al-Farisiyeh as well as the Illegal Israeli settlement of Rotem to the east, Al -‘Aqaba and Tayaseer villages to the west.
The area of Al-Malih holds seven Bedouin communities, Al-Hadidiya, Khallet Makhoul, Samra, Al-Hilwa, Wadi Al-Malih, and Al-Himma. The whole area has a total population of around 430 people (PCBS 2012). The area is classified as ‘Area C’ according to Oslo II Interim Agreement of 1995 and falls under full Israeli control. Furthermore, the area holds a mass number of water springs, which are controlled by the Israeli occupation authorities and Israeli settlers, who prevent Palestinian Communities in the Jordan valley area from benefiting from these springs.
Al-Farisiyeh is a Bedouin Palestinian community located to the far east of Tubas Governorate in the northern parts of the Jordan Valley. It is bordered by Mekhola settlement from the north, Rotem and Masskiyot settlements from the south, Al-Malih from the west and Shedmat Mekhola settlement from the east. Al-Farisiyeh is populated by 176 residents (PCBS 2012).
Khirbet Humsa is a Bedouin Palestinian community located to the far east of Tubas Governorate in the northern parts of the Jordan Valley. It is bordered by Khirbet Ras Al-Ahmar community from the north, Beqa’ot settlement from the south, Khirbet ‘Atouf community from the west, Al-Hadidiya community as well as the Israeli settlements of Ro’i and Hemdat from the east. It is a house of 155 residents (PCBS 2012).
The Israeli unjustified demolitions of the Palestinian houses and properties conducted by the Israeli Occupation Army clearly violate the International law rules, conventions and covenants as well as the rules of International Humanitarian Law:
Articles 53 & 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention indicated that: Extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly. Is a grave breach of the Convention
Hague Convention IV (18 October 1907): Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land: Article (23): ‘To destroy or seize the enemy’s property, unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war;’
Article 3 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads that: states that ‘everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person’.
Article 25 states that ‘(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.’
Also Article XXXI, Oslo II, 1995 provides: “Neither side shall take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip”. Prepared by: The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem