Palestinian protest Israeli attacks on their homes

1500 palestinian arestIsraeli regime has attacked some 1500 Palestinian protesters with tear gas as hundreds of them gathered to protest a new wave of building demolitions in the village of Barta’a.

Luba Samri, the Israeli police spokeswoman said “Some of them (protesters) threw stones at police and blocked the main road for a time. Police dispersed them with tear gas and made two arrests,” she added.

Israeli army has started a new wave of demolitions, attacking buildings which they say were built without permits.

On Wednesday 12th June, Israeli bulldozers demolished two homes, a barracks and a room under construction and announced it a closed military area.

Ahmed Omar Qabha, the owner of the two houses, said that forces from the Israeli Army raided the village, announced it a closed military area and started demolishing the houses totaling 170 square meters, which reside 7 members.

Since 2005 Israel has restricted issuing construction permits to Palestinians in the village, sometimes giving no license at all for a whole year.

Despite increase in the population, villagers have to use older buildings and sometimes 2 or 3 families share a house.
Israeli army sometimes gives only 15 minutes to the residents to leave a building before destroying it.

Israeli bulldozers have demolished 11 commercial facilities during May, including a laundry and a car wash facility and handed demolition notices to eight other owners under the pretext their shops were built without a license.

Barta’a has been constantly losing its lands and resources to the Israeli occupation since 1948.

70 % of its original lands were lost in 1948 while hundreds of its residents were dismissed eastward in the West Bank and started a new village under the name of Barta’a al-Sharqiyeh.

As a result of the 1948 occupation, the village was divided into two parts, the west Barta’a (Barta’a al-Gharbiya) and east Barta’a (Barta’a al-Sharqiyeh) separated by the truce lien (armistice line).


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