L’ONU mette in guardia sui rischi dovuti ai trasferimenti forzati di Beduini in Cisgiordania

Betlemme-Ma’an. In un rapporto, il coordinatore umanitario dell’ONU per la Palestina ha lanciato l’allarme, martedì 23 agosto, su un probabile incremento dei rischi dovuti al trasferimento forzato di beduini in Cisgiordania.
Robert Piper ha avvertito a proposito di tali rischi dopo aver visitato la comunità beduina di Abu Nuwwar, nel governatorato di Gerusalemme, che si trova a sud-ovest della colonia illegale israeliana di Maale Adumim.
Abu Nuwwar è uno dei tanti villaggi beduini che hanno subito il trasferimento forzato previsto dai progetti delle autorità israeliane per la costruzione di migliaia di abitazioni per le colonie destinate unicamente agli ebrei, nella zona del corridoio E1.

Il rapporto ha sottolineato che, la scorsa settimana, le autorità israeliane avevano dislocato 64 Palestinesi, compresi 24 bambini, dopo la demolizione di 29 strutture in otto zone, aggiungendo che le forze israeliane hanno anche distrutto o confiscato 85 costruzioni civili in 28 comunità della Cisgiordania dall’inizio di questo mese, lasciando senza casa 129 Palestinesi ed impattando negativamente sulla vita quotidiana di almeno 2.100 Palestinesi.

“Tra le 85 strutture distrutte recentemente o confiscate, 24 erano state fornite da donatori come aiuti, compresi rifugi di emergenza a seguito delle demolizioni di abitazioni avvenute in precedenza, ricoveri per animali, bagni, un centro sociale ed una nuova rete idrica di acqua potabile, quest’ultima supportata dall’UNICEF”, si legge nel rapporto.

Le demolizioni hanno inoltre colpito quasi 1000 comunità di Beduini palestinesi nella Valle del Giordano che, come evidenzia la relazione, soffrono già a causa dell’estrema scarsità di acqua. La relazione esprime preoccupazione anche per la situazione di Susiya, nella parte meridionale della Cisgiordania, dove le autorità israeliane hanno compiuto azioni volte alla distruzione dell’intero villaggio.

“Serie ripetute di demolizioni, restrizioni sull’accesso ai servizi basilari e visite regolari da parte del personale di sicurezza israeliano che promuovono ‘progetti di delocalizzazione’ fanno tutti parte di una situazione coercitiva che coinvolge attualmente queste famiglie palestinesi particolarmente vulnerabili”, ha affermato Piper secondo quanto riportato nel rapporto.
“La crescente pressione per spostarsi in altre zone della Cisgiordania continua ormai inarrestabile; in questa situazione non possiamo aspettarci che la gente prenda decisioni sulla base di un reale consenso cosicché il rischio di trasferimenti forzati resta alto”.

La relazione ha richiamato l’attenzione sui doveri legali di Israele come forza occupante in base al diritto internazionale, tra i quali, il provvedere ai bisogni primari dei Palestinesi garantendo un “sistema di progettazione e suddivisione in zone” equo.
Nel 2016 vi è stata un’ondata di demolizioni e confische lungo tutta la Cisgiordania con 786 strutture di proprietà palestinese distrutte fino ad oggi. Queste demolizioni hanno provocato complessivamente la dislocazione di 1.197 persone, compresi 558 bambini. Oltre 200 delle strutture abbattute erano state fornite come soccorso umanitario.

“Dkaika, Khan al Ahmar, Umm al-Kheir, Abu Nuwwar, Susiya… queste sono soltanto alcune delle comunità estremamente vulnerabili nelle quali famiglie, molte delle quali costituite da rifugiati Palestinesi, vivono nel timore continuo di rimanere senza casa ed i bambini si chiedono se avranno ancora una scuola da frequentare domani”, ha aggiunto Piper.

La costruzione della colonia nella zona E1 dividerebbe effettivamente la Cisgiordania e renderebbe la creazione di uno stato palestinese contiguo – come previsto dalla soluzione dei due stati per il conflitto israelo-palestinese appoggiata a livello internazionale – pressoché impossibile.
L’attività israeliana nella zona E1 ha attirato molte critiche a livello internazionale ed il presidente palestinese Mahmoud Abbas aveva già dichiarato in passato che “E1 è una linea rossa che non può essere oltrepassata”.
Anche il primo ministro palestinese Rami Hamdallah ha denunciato mercoledì scorso il trasferimento forzato dei Beduini, dicendo che “le sistematiche violazioni israeliane del diritto internazionale non sono più accettabili da parte della comunità internazionale”.

Traduzione di Aisha T. Bravi

Sorgente: L’ONU mette in guardia sui rischi dovuti ai trasferimenti forzati di Beduini in Cisgiordania | Infopal

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Raid israeliano nel villaggio beduino della “Scuola di Gomma”

Tre giorni fa le forze armate israeliane hanno fatto irruzione nel villaggio beduino di al-Khan al-Ahmar e, secondo un ufficiale di Fatah, avrebbero sequestrato 12 pannelli solari portatili donati agli abitanti dall’Istituto di Ricerca Applicata di Gerusalemme. Nel corso del raid militare un bambino è stato aggredito ed è stato portato all’ospedale di Gerico in stato di incoscienza.

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42 ONG esortano i leader mondiali a bloccare i piani israeliani di pulizia etnica in Cisgiordania

Memo42 organizzazioni palestinesi, israeliane e internazionali hanno rivolto un appello urgente alla comunità internazionale affinché blocchi i piani israeliani volti a “trasferire con la forza” migliaia di palestinesi in Cisgiordania dalle loro comunità verso “una zona designata”.

L’appello comune costituisce la risposta ai piani del governo israeliano di “rimuovere i beduini palestinesi dalle rispettive comunità nei pressi di Gerico, Ramallah e Gerusalemme”, oltre che nella cosiddetta “E1”, area che rappresenta un tradizionale obiettivo di espansione e di insediamento illegale.

Le ONG rilevano che negli ultimi mesi le autorità israeliane hanno “messo in atto tattiche coercitive per aumentare la pressione sulle comunità di beduini palestinesi, emettendo ingiunzioni di sfratto e demolendo case e strutture di sussistenza”, oltre che “ostacolando l’azione degli enti assistenziali”.

A gruppi palestinesi quali Al Haq, Badil e PNGO si sono unite organizzazioni analoghe come Christian Aid, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Oxfam, Save the Children e World Vision. Tutti sottolineano che “la comunità internazionale deve adottare ogni misura possibile affinché il trasferimento forzato individuale e di massa, che è una grave violazione della Quarta Convenzione di Ginevra, non abbia luogo”.

I piani israeliani resi noti questa settimana sono stati condannati anche dal ministro palestinese dell’agricoltura Shawqi al-Ayasa, il quale ha affermato che Israele vuole “creare zone di segregazione” e ostacolare “la sovranità palestinese su tutti i territori occupati nel 1967”.

Traduzione di Lorenzo Emanuel

 

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IL CUORE IN MANO:STOP THE PRAWER PLAN

Come annunciato nei giorni precedenti, oggi, era la giornata delle manifestazioni contro il Prawer Plan. Un piano razzista e di apartheid che prevede l’eliminazione di 40,000 beduini nel Negev. La pulizia etnica della Palestina.

La manifestazione più grande nella West Bank è a Ramallah…..ma anche no. Arriviamo a Ramallah e troviamo degli autobus pronti per partire, per dove non si sa. Dopo 40 minuti di strada, arriviamo al check point di Hizme, siamo nel Negev. Sorpresa!

Quando scendiamo dagli autobus i soldati e la border police stanno già sparando ai palestinesi presenti. Ma il gioco cambia, perchè è aumentato il numero dei manifestanti e perchè moltissimi sono internazionali. Così, pisciano subito fuori dal vaso arrestando un palestinese. La manifestazione continua nonostante l’accaduto e le sound bomb. Poi, dopo averci circondati, iniziano a stringere il cerchio e a spingere (in nessuna direzione). Colpiscono due colleghe dell’ISM: ad una spingono la faccia contro a qualcosa di metallico (eravamo schiacciati nelle prossimità di un’autofficina), alla seconda invece sferrano un pugno nello stomaco.

Ogni tanto si fanno le solite risate…Ma, ecco, la bellezza che vince all’improvviso. Alle nostre spalle c’è il check point con la sua barriera di rete metallica. Dietro alla rete metallica ci sono dei bambini. Sono di là, aldilà. Iniziano ad intonare lo slogan della manifestazione e catturano l’attenzione di tutti. Ci dimentichiamo dei soldati, della border police e della sua violenza. Qualcuno lancia due bandiere palestinesi a quei bambini e la loro immagine, dietro alla barriera, che urlano gli slogan, cantano, ridono e si arrampicano su quell’orrore per sventolare le bandiere; è di una bellezza sconvolgente. E’ la Palestina che ti prende il cuore in mano e lo avvolge di lacrime, sangue e sorrisi.

Questi sono i bambini che il Prawer Plan e il silenzio dell’occidente faranno sparire. Urlatelo a tutti, non siate complici. Loro, oggi, hanno urlato su una barriera dove non ci si può arrampicare. E sono bambini.

viasamantha comizzoli: IL CUORE IN MANO:STOP THE PRAWER PLAN.

NEGARE L’ACQUA..

Oggi sono stata ad Huwarta, Nablus, per parlare con due famiglie di beduini accampate qui da poco. Solitamente sono accampati vicino ad Hebron o nel Negev, ma per il periodo estivo vengono qui perchè gli animali devono avere spazio per muoversi. Ricordiamoci, comunque, che sul Negev sta per piovere il Prawer Plan che intende mandar via da quell azona 70,000 beduini…

Due famiglie con molti bambini. Nessun attacco di coloni per il momento… Gli altri beduini di Huwarta sono stati meno fortunati: i coloni li avevano attaccati e gli avevano rubato una pecora.

Queste due famiglie, però , ci raccontano che Israele gli ha negato l’acqua per vivere. Non hanno acqua da bere, nè per loro nè per gli animali. Così, ogni tanto, devono fare dei km con la tanica a rimorchio, attraversare la collina e andare a comperare l’acqua. “Costa molto l’acqua”, ci dicono. Questo è un altro metodo di Israele: se togli l’acqua agli esseri viventi, gli togli la vita. Quindi, oltre al Prawer Plan che incombe, i beduini devono fare anche i conti con i soliti metodi.

Come si fa a negare un bicchiere d’acqua ad un bambino?

viasamantha comizzoli: NEGARE L’ACQUA...

Israel: Demolitions of Bedouin homes in the Negev desert must end immediately | Amnesty International

Israel must immediately halt all demolitions of Arab Bedouin homes in communities in the Negev/Naqab desert which the government has refused to recognize officially, Amnesty International said, following news that the village of al-‘Araqib was once again razed by land authorities.

“The Israeli authorities must halt demolitions in these communities and change course completely to guarantee all citizens’ right to adequate housing,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“The Israeli government’s Prawer-Begin plan would lead to the forced eviction of tens of thousands of Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel. The plan is inherently discriminatory, flies in the face of Israel’s international obligations and cannot be accepted in any circumstances.”

Bulldozers from the Israel Land Administration, accompanied by a large and heavily-armed police force in more than 60 vehicles, arrived in al-‘Araqib early on Tuesday morning and began to destroy 15 shacks, effectively flattening the village and displacing 22 families.

The village, which has never been officially recognized by the Israeli authorities despite the residents’ longstanding claims to their lands, has been demolished more than 50 times in the past three years. Each time, residents have tried to rebuild their homes, constructing makeshift shelters on the same land.

“We have the right to remain here; our struggle has continued for generations and we will persevere,” said Aziz al-Turi, a resident from the village. “Our grandfathers are buried on this land. We will continue to rebuild and demonstrate to defend our right to live here.”

The latest demolition came a day after mass protests were staged across Israel, the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, against the proposed “Law for Regularizing Bedouin Habitation in the Negev”. This law would provide for the forced eviction of more than 30,000 residents from 35 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Negev desert. In some areas, including Be’er Sheva and Sakhnin, Israeli police used excessive force against peaceful demonstrators opposing the plan.

All construction in these villages is considered illegal by the Israeli authorities, and their 70,000 residents lack basic services, including water and electricity.

Amnesty International is urging the Israeli authorities to scrap the draft law, which is expected to lead to a massive increase in home demolitions in these communities. Although the draft has only passed its first reading in the Knesset (parliament), the Israel Land Administration regularly demolishes homes and other structures in these villages unhindered. More than 120 homes and other structures in these villages have been demolished over the last five months.

“The repeated demolitions in al-‘Araqib and other villages show that the Prawer-Begin plan is being implemented on the ground, despite the fact that the bill is still pending in the Knesset and that the communities which will be affected still have not been genuinely consulted,” said Philip Luther.

“The Prawer-Begin plan discriminates against Arab Bedouin by providing less protection for their land and housing rights compared to other Israeli citizens. The international community must pressure the Israeli government to respect its human rights obligations within its borders, as well as in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

Further information:

Protests on 15 July and responses of the authorities

Protests against the Prawer-Begin plan and the draft Israeli law took place on 15 July in Palestinian communities throughout Israel, as well as in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel also called for a general strike.

Israeli security forces and police used excessive force against demonstrators in Be’er Sheva and Sakhnin, while the Hamas de facto administration prevented a demonstration by youth activists in Gaza City and the Palestinian Authority prevented protesters from marching from Ramallah towards the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El.

In Be’er Sheva, the largest city in Israel’s southern Negev region, Israeli police and special police forces arrested 14 demonstrators, including two women and two children. Delegates from Amnesty International Israel observed the protest. Demonstrators were peaceful, but Israeli police charged into the crowds on horseback and used force during the arrests. The demonstrators have been charged with “assaulting a police officer.”

In Sakhnin, in the north of Israel, Israeli forces arrested some 14 demonstrators, including three women and a child. One of the women arrested was Fathiya Hussein, a human rights activist who works at Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Israeli police forces charged into the demonstrators on horseback and fired tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets at demonstrators.

In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrested at least 10 protesters, some of whom were children. Approximately 12 protesters were injured when Israeli forces, including men in civilian clothing, attacked the demonstrators and bystanders.

viaIsrael: Demolitions of Bedouin homes in the Negev desert must end immediately | Amnesty International.

Negev Bedouins mobilise against displacement

Monday, 17 June 2013

4,000 people gathered in Beer Sheva Thursday to protest a government bill that would forcibly displace at least 40,000 Bedouin in Israel’s southern Negev desert. The demonstration was organized by Bedouin community leaders, and the High Follow-Up Commitee for Arab Citizens of Israel called for a general strike that day. Protestors marched through Beer Sheva’s central shopping street to municipal government buildings.

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Bedouin citizens of Israel protest the plan which would forcibly displace and urbanise them (Photo: Mona Niebuhr, AIC)

 

Demonstrators sought to express their deep dissatisfaction with the so-called Prawer-Begin Plan. The bill proposes land expropriation and resettlement of large parts of the Bedouin community in the Negev. It is backed by the government and currently pending its first reading in the Knesset, which was postponed last week until further notice. Human rights organizations and local committees note that the plan was drafted without consultation and input from the Bedouins themselves, a violation of international norms, and tramples traditional land ownership claims and the community’s agricultural lifestyle.

Thursday’s march was the biggest demonstration against Bedouin displacement since the Prawer-Begin Plan was first proposed in 2011. The vast majority of demonstrators were Bedouin-Palestinian citizens of Israel with a handful Jewish activists attending on the weekday to express their support. While the communities’ senior leadership gathered to hear their speakers, hundreds of youth voiced their opposition and anger, chanting slogans reminiscent of the Arab revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. “This is our Tahrir Square!” ran through the crowd.

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Young Bedouins protest: “no justice, the police threaten, not help” (Photo: Mona Niebuhr, AIC)

 

The divide between young and old visible at the Beer Sheva demonstration seems to reflect growing inter-generational conflict within Bedouin society more widely. “The old generation is completely disconnected from our youth nowadays,” says Ala’ Abu Abeyyed, a 26 year old engineer from Laqia village. “You can see it right here: While the old men gather making speeches and seeking outside attention, the youth focus their anger against the government. They work for real change on the ground.” In Laqia and other Negev villages, youth initiatives for community development have sprung up in recent years. While they do not actively challenge elders’ authority, they seek to pave the way for a better future through practical action where formal politics fail.

Living conditions in all rural Bedouin villages in the Negev are substandard, lacking basic infrastructure such as water, electricity, and sewage. Only eleven of 46 villages are recognized by the state, and all others are considered illegal settlements. In both cases, the state fails to provide services. On a weekly basis, state authorities demolish what they consider illegally constructed houses, commonly simple tin shack homes.

Thursday’s protest gathered an exceptionally large and very active group of women participating. “We all came here today because we will be the ones affected most strongly by what the government plans,” explained Fatma Aborkeek from the state-installed Bedouin town of Tel Sheva. “When they demolish our homes, bring us to artificial towns, we as women lose our sphere, the home, our work in the fields and our social networks. Look at me: My family moved to the town when the government talked of great development plans and now all of us are unemployed and hopeless.”

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Bedouin women came out strong in the demonstrating, highlighting that they will be most impacted by Israel’s planned forced displacement (Photo: Mona Niebuhr, AIC)

 

As part of traditional Bedouin society strongly shaped by patriarchal structures, women are facing a double challenge today, says Hanan Alsanah, a female Bedouin activist seeking to advance women’s rights: “We as women bear twofold pressures. First inside the community and second through living the limbo of unrecognised villages and disregard for our rights as citizens of this state.” Alsanah’s organization Sidreh recently found that only 10% of women from Bedouin villages are employed in the workforce today. While the authorities neglect the matter, local groups are working to provide new economic opportunities for Bedouin women.

For decades, the state has withheld services and recognition from rural Bedouin communities to pressure Bedouin citizens into giving up land rights and subscribing to an urbanised lifestyle. If passed, the Prawer-Begin Plan will reinforce this pressure, foreseeing the destruction of all unrecognized villages and resettlement of their inhabitants to hastily constructed towns as well as the annulment of all land rights unless cheaply sold to the state. According to residents, local communities were at no point consulted in this planning process.

The government plan has been met with strong criticism from the international community. In March 2012, the UN Committee on the Elimination for Racial Discrimination condemned the proposed legislation as discriminatory and demanded the government to withdraw the bill. The European Parliament in July 2012 passed a similar resolution. Considering the current makeup of the Israeli Knesset, however, the bill will likely be passed nonetheless. In that case, a female protestor stated firmly on Thursday, “we will stay, we will resist, and we will act collectively against the racist government.”

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“From al-Araqib to Susiya” documentary encourages new framework of resistance

May 12, 2013

On April 26, the documentary by legal workers at the Adalah Legal Center “From al-Araqib to Susiya” featuring testimonies from the residents was screened in both of the villages. 

al-Araqib is located roughly eight kilometers north of Beersheba in the Naqab desert, whereas Susiya lies within the 1949 Armistice “Green Line,” six kilometers south-east of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills.

The 20-minute short film delved into the causes and thus the similarities between the forced displacement in each village in an attempt to encourage the understanding of a long-held fact: there is only one system of apartheid and only one occupation.

Audience members, roughly numbering around 100 and comprising of Palestinians from both territories amidst a smattering of Jewish-Israelis and internationals, had travelled by a prearranged bus from al-Araqib through a checkpoint in the South Hebron Hills, and stopped to watch the film in Susiya. The concept and impetus for the documentary came from the employees at Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, with the help of many civil society organizations, and some notable academics including Oren Yiftachel.

“There are some legal differences [between the demolitions and confiscation of land in both villages], but the responsible authorities represent the same power and use similar methods,” Yiftachel explained.

“The Bedouins in the Negev [Naqab] have [Israeli] citizenship, but it hasn’t prevented the state from gravely abusing their rights. In Susiya, the village is in a prime area designated to be Judaized as part of Area C. Both are key sites for resisting the colonial push.”

The film is a radical attempt, albeit within a pseudo-legal framework, to express and illuminate a growing feeling among many Palestinians that the occupation is no longer as ambiguously and shrewdly divided between the 48 and 67 territories as it has formerly been. Many have expressed this before, and the knowledge of “one occupation” has been there since its existence. Yet as Israeli national dialogue towards Palestinians becomes ever more genocidal, and eliminates Palestinians (whether citizens or not) from the history books, a consensus has developed within pockets of Palestinian society that the fight needs to be taken as a unified whole.

The Prawer Plan and Judaization

A little over two weeks ago at the end of April, the Israeli civilian police force Yassam destroyed al-Araqib for the forty-ninth time.

The Arab Bedouin are indigenous to the Naqab desert, having lived there since the seventh century. Yet under Israeli law they have no recognized inhabitations. The law specifies that uncultivated land can be transferred to state land if required, so the transitory lifestyle of the Bedouin does not equate with a right to the land. Yet Bedouin communities have been fixed and stabilised since the 16th century, with travel limited to privately owned plots of land and collectively held pasture lands that have been historically established.

After the Nakba in 1948, 81,000 Bedouin were forcefully displaced from the desert, with 11,000 being forced into what is known as the “Siyag” (or “fence” in Arabic), a restricted zone in the northern Naqab. Inside this area live two groups; the internally displaced Bedouin from elsewhere in the Naqab, and the original Bedouin residents inside the newly-designated Siyag. They lived in 35 unrecognized villages and the seven townships that were created by the state of Israel since 1969. There is only one Bedouin village left elsewhere in the Naqab.

al-Araqib is one of the 35 unrecognized villages in the Siyag. The police have continually destroyed al-Araqib since July 2010 in an attempt to coerce the population to move into the townships. After every destruction, the residents who number over 300 build temporary structures in the village cemetery, the only plot of land left untouched by the Israeli soldiers. Since then, the villagers have proudly rebuilt their homes out of the rubble left behind.

“First of all the soldiers asked us to get out of the houses,” said Aziz al-Tori, the son of al-Araqib’s Sheikh Siyakh al-Tori. “They ask us if we want to fight them, to make a conflict with [the police] and our people. But we know this is in their interests. They want to start something, in order to make us put our hands up and leave our houses.”

“Still they pushed and pulled us outside,” he continued, speaking about the most recent demolition. “They asked us for our [Israeli] passports. They pushed us into the cemetery, and then they came with their bulldozers and destroyed everything.”

The demolitions are conducted under the remit of the Prawer Plan, an ambiguous piece of legislation that connects the web of structures that aim to force the Bedouin from their ancestral homes. At its core it is attempting to “recognize as many villages as possible” by demolishing the unrecognized villages. The Prawer Plan Law, an extension of the original Plan, is the mechanical arm of Prawer, and aims to solve the Bedouin “problem” within the next five years.

“The Prawer Plan is vague,” states Oren Yiftachel. “The bill is very regressive and should be stopped. The UN and EU have spoken against it. The government must come up with a plan based on equality and recognition. Only then will the Negev begin to prosper.”

On the ground, the demolitions are ordered and coordinated by the Israel Land Administration (ILA), which has control over 93% of the land inside Israel. The ILA has harmonized its efforts with the Jewish National Fund, a quasi-governmental organization that has been acquiring Palestinian land for Jewish settlement projects since 1901, under the guise of forestation and land management projects. The JNF has fifty percent of the representation within the ILA, so while it technically owns 13% of the land in Israel, it has de facto control over much more. To summarise, the ILA is a governmental body, working for Israelis. The JNF is a quasi-governmental body working to secure a Jewish-only land, thus making the link between race and citizenship even more pronounced in the state of Israel.

Therefore, aside from demolishing their homes, not recognizing their existence, and denying their right to state services, the Israeli state has also confiscated sixty-six percent of the lands of al-Araqib for the creation of two large forests.

Susiya has a wholly similar history. The 350 residents live in Area C, next to the thirty-year-old site of Suseya, a Jewish-only settlement. Seventy percent of Susiya’s land has been confiscated, with another seventy percent of its structures slated for demolition for being located on what the Israeli authorities believe is an archaeological site. Settlers frequently carry out acts of physical and psychological violence on the villagers with complete impunity.

Displacement in separated territories by same political power

With 70,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel to be forcibly displaced under the Prawer Plan and 5,000 West Bank residents facing displacement from Area C, it is obvious to many that these two forced displacement cases are linked. However, the growing consensus at Adalah, as with other legal organizations, is that the link needs to become part of Palestinian dialogue and exist within the public domain.

 “We launched a campaign to stop the Prawer Plan. After this we came across a similar campaign in the West Bank called ‘Stand With Susiya.� We thought this was very interesting, especially because they are only 15 kilometers away from each other,” explains Nadia Ben-Youssef, the consultant for Adalah at its Naqab office. “We started looking at things differently. Prawer was suspending constitutional principles, but there was also the suspension of International Humanitarian Law behind the Green Line. Then we said, well both are part of the suspension of International Human Rights that protects everyone anywhere.”

At first Adalah attempted to bridge the gap between current dialogue and the potential for a new framework of linked narratives by holding a roundtable discussion with civil society organization representatives in September 2012. The speeches conducted before and after the documentary worked with the meta-narrative between Palestinians in the 1967 and 1948 territories, and the idea of collaborative action was even floated, but the general atmosphere lacked a clear understanding of the fundamental shift that this partnership could unlock.

 “It is the same group that destroys Susiya and al-Araqib,” Aziz al-Tori stated. “It is the same political idea. Everything is the same.”

thanks to: Felix Black

                      Palestine Monitor