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Israel Angered by Netflix Film Depicting Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

5 Dec

The film ‘Farha’, by Jordanian director Darine Sallam, has begun airing on Netflix. (VIDEO TRAILER)

Palestine Chronicle, 2 December 2022

A Netflix film depicting Zionist militias killing or displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during The Nakba (“The Catastrophe”) has caused outrage in Israel, The New Arab reported.

The film ‘Farha’, by Jordanian director Darine Sallam, has begun airing on Netflix on Thursday despite attacks from Israeli politicians.

[The full movie ‘Farha’ is now also available with English subtitles on YouTube – to view it click on image below. Ed]

The film is based on a true story, which depicts a 14-year-old girl witnessing the killing of her family through a hole in the wall of her home after her father hid her from a rampaging Zionist militia.

In interviews, Sallam has said she made the movie to shed light on the root cause of the conflict and occupation of Palestinian territories.

“The story traveled over the years to reach me. It stayed with me. When I was a child, I had this fear of closed, dark places and I kept thinking of this girl and what happened to her,” Sallam told Arab News.

The Nakba saw 750,000 Palestinians expelled from their homes by Zionist militias in a campaign that included murder, rape, and death threats.

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Palestinian executed at point-blank range by Israeli border police

3 Dec

The harrowing video capturing the Israeli border police officer shooting a Palestinian in Huwwara has circulated widely on social media and sparked outrage among Palestinians. (Video published by Middle East Eye, 3 December 2022)

BY YUMNA PATEL , Mondoweiss, 3 December 2022

STILLS OF THE EXECUTION OF AMMAR MEFLEH IN HUWWARA, JUST SOUTH OF NABLUS., DECEMBER 2, 2022. (PHOTO: SOCIAL MEDIA/MONDOWEISS) 

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by an Israeli border police officer at point blank range on Friday evening in the northern occupied West Bank town of Huwwara in what is being described as an “execution” on social media.

The execution was captured on video and has circulated widely on social media. The incident occurred shortly before 5pm on Huwwara’s main road — a major throughway that connects dozens of villages with the city of Nablus to the north, and is used by both Palestinians and Israeli settlers. 

Earlier this year, the main road of Huwwara was the site of a days-long Israeli settler rampage targeting Palestinians and their businesses with rocks, guns, axes, and other weapons.

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Amid Israeli Blockade on Gaza, a Fishing Fleet Limps Along

30 Nov

An Israeli blockade that restricts the movement of Gazans out of the strip and limits imports — or bans them completely — has been devastating for the enclave’s fishing industry.

A Palestinian fisherman carrying his bounty after a trip out to the sea along the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian fisherman carrying his bounty after a trip out to the sea along the Gaza Strip.Credit…Samar Abu Elouf for The New York Times
Raja Abdulrahim

By Raja Abdulrahim, Gaza City, New York Times, 27 November 2022

GAZA CITY, Gaza — Not far from the edge of the port in the Gaza Strip lies its boat cemetery: two rows of beached fishing vessels that even Gazan ingenuity cannot salvage.

Motors and propellers have been stripped. The once-bright blue, green and yellow paint on more than two dozen fishing boats is peeling. The fiberglass on some looks as if it has been eaten away.

The boats began piling up in Gaza 15 years ago after Israel, aided by Egypt, imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the small Palestinian coastal enclave in 2007. The blockade severely restricts the movement of Gazans out of the strip and limits imports or bans them completely, including medical equipment and construction material.

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Gaza: The longest siege in modern history

28 Nov

VIDEO: Panel discussion produced by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, 15 October 2022 (Duration 1:48)

In 1948, the tiny Gaza Strip was cut off from the rest of historic Palestine, absorbing a huge number of Palestinian refugees who were ethnically cleansed from their ancestral lands. In 1967, it was militarily occupied by Israeli forces, its inhabitants suffering from a plethora of colonial domination techniques and movement restrictions over the subsequent decades. An unprecedented land, air, and sea blockade was imposed on Gaza since June 2007, constituting the longest siege in modern history. As the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 has noted in her latest report: “Israel’s apparent strategy is the indefinite warehousing of an unwanted population of two million Palestinians, whom it has confined to a narrow strip of land through its comprehensive 15-year-old air, land and sea blockade.”

The outcome has been a harrowing process of de-development resulting, as the UN Special Rapporteur notes, “in a 45 percent unemployment rate, a 60 percent poverty rate and with 80 percent of the population dependent on some form of international assistance, in significant part because of the hermetic sealing of Gaza’s access to the outside world”. 

Besides this siege imposed by the Israeli state with Egyptian state collusion, the Palestinian people living in Gaza have been assaulted and bombarded by Israeli forces from land, sea, and air on a regular basis. Their cities, villages, and refugee camps have suffered from several Israeli military invasions, which have led to the killing of thousands and the maiming of tens of thousands of Palestinians.

Centering the voices of Palestinian scholars and intellectuals from Gaza, this panel examines the political and historic context of this process, accounting for its enormous human toll but also highlighting the ongoing will to resist this oppressive colonial present.

Center for Middle East Studies
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Co-Sponsors: The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston and The Jerusalem Fund

Hosted by Darwish Visiting Professor in Palestinian Studies, Abdel Razzaq Takriti

Panelists:

Jehad Abusalim, PhD candidate, History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies Joint Program, New York University
Aya Al-Ghazzawi , Writer, English language teacher, Palestinian Ministry of Education
Swee Chai Ang , Orthopedic surgeon, Author, and participant on Freedom Flotilla to Gaza 2018.
Hadeel Assali, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
Fady Joudah, Physician, Poet, Translator

UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

27 Nov

Palestinian Youth Aotearoa invites supporters to join them commemorating the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people on Saturday 3 December.

Seats are limited so book through http://www.pya.org.nz

The PYA website is here and the PYA Facebook event is here.

ALSO in Auckland: Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa supporters will gather at 2:00 pm on Saturday 3rd December for a rally and distribution of leaflets at Britomart, downtown Auckland CBD as usual.

Solidarity events have also taken place in other cities this weekend.

Wellington event

26 Nov

Auckland soccer tournament raising awareness for Palestine

25 Nov

Israel’s relentless war against the children of Palestine

22 Nov

The funeral of 5-year-old Alaa Qaddum, killed by an Israeli airstrike in besieged Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Ilan Pappe, Palestine Chronicle, 18 November 2022

“Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.” Preamble, UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959)

More than half of the population living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are below 18; in fact, one can confidently say that half of the people of the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip are children. Anyone who wages a war against these two territories, through house demolition, arrests without trial, shoot-to-kill policy, and humiliation, is waging war against children.

At times, whole military brigades of the Israeli army, accompanied by elite units, border police, and police chase a boy and, in most cases, kill him or at best arrest him.

If there is anything that changed in the last few years in what finally the United Nations was willing to call the colonization of Palestine, it is the intensification of the Israeli shoot-to-kill policy. And although so many of us understand that the new Israeli government will not change the policies the previous governments pursued, one can expect further brutalization in the war against the children of Palestine.

As I write this column, the news has reached us of the murder by Israeli soldiers of Fulla Rasmi Abd al-Aziz al-Musalamah. She was on her way to celebrating her 16thbirthday. She was with others in a car near Beitunia, when the soldiers, without any reason, opened fire on the car and killed her. Needless to say, the Israeli newspaper reporting the “incident” blamed the driver and did not even bother to mention her name.

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Israeli forces have arrested hundreds of Palestinian children this year

21 Nov

VIDEO: Al Mayadeen news network, 21 November 2022

One of the deadliest years for Palestinians

20 Nov
Palestinians in Masafer Yatta demonstrate against the eviction of villagers to make way for a military zone (Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images)

By Leslie Bravery, The Daily Blog, 19 November 2022

On 28 October this year, Tor Wennesland, Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told a United Nations Security Council quarterly meeting that 2022 is on course to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the systematic tracking of Palestinian fatalities began in 2005. Increasing illegal settler violence and sabotage, noted during the reporting period, 17 June to 20 September 2022, is reinforcing Israeli military aggression and population-control. For Palestinians, the deaths, injuries and dispossession are creating mounting hopelessness, anger and appeals for justice.

During the period, a total of 32 Palestinians, including six children, were killed by Israeli security forces during protests, home invasions and searches, while 311 of them, including one woman and eight children, were injured. Israeli settlers and their supporters perpetrated 106 attacks against Palestinians, resulting in 63 injuries and damage to Palestinian property.

Tor Wennesland, Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
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UN committee approves resolution affirming Right of Palestinians to Self-Determination

19 Nov

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution affirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. (Photo: via Human Rights Now TW Page)

Palestine Chronicle, 19 November 2022

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution affirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination by an overwhelming majority, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

167 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 5 countries voted against it, and 7 countries abstained.

The draft resolution was submitted by Egypt on behalf of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The decision is scheduled to be submitted for approval by the General Assembly in mid-December.

The resolution affirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and freedom, as guaranteed by all international laws, and considers this right a prerequisite for achieving a just and comprehensive solution to the Question of Palestine.

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UN Statement 18 November 2022 (Section related to Palestine)

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved 12 draft resolutions as it concluded its work today, including texts addressing the right of peoples to self-determination, racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, and the world drug problem.

A draft on the right of Palestinian people to self-determination was approved in a recorded vote of 167 in favour to 5 against (Nauru, Marshall Islands, United States, Israel, Micronesia), with 7 abstentions (Cameroon, Kiribati, Guatemala, Palau, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Togo).

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The ‘Principal Threat’: Time to talk about the Palestinian class struggle

15 Nov

Palestinians in Gaza launched a general strike in solidarity with the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo, Palestine Chronicle, 15 November 2022

On Monday, October 31, Palestinians in the town of Al-Eizariya, east of Occupied East Jerusalem, observed a general strike. The strike was declared to be part of the community’s mourning of 49-year-old Barakat Moussa Odeh, who was killed by Israeli forces in Jericho a day earlier.

This is not an isolated case. General strikes were observed throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories in recent weeks as a form of civil disobedience, and protest of the Israeli attacks on the cities of Nablus, Jerusalem, Jenin, and Hebron, as well as to mourn Palestinian fighters who were killed, following shooting operations against Israeli soldiers of illegal Jewish settlers.

Historically, general strikes have been declared and observed by working-class Palestinians. This form of protest often represents the backbone of popular, grassroots resistance in Palestine, starting many years before the establishment of Israel on the ruins of the historic Palestinian homeland.

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Freedom Flotilla – sailing for the children of Gaza

7 Nov

Some of the international delegates at the Freedom Flotilla Coalition meeting in London last weekend

After the global pandemic pause, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is now set to resume our sailing to challenge the illegal, immoral and inhuman blockade of Gaza. We met in London between 4-6 November with representatives of our member campaigns from different countries (Norway, Malaysia, US, Sweden, Canada, France, New Zealand, Turkey and the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza), and with British and international pro-Palestine solidarity organizations (including Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), popular conference for Palestinians Abroad, Miles of Smiles), to discuss plans to reactivate and expand our work. Our goals remain full human rights for all Palestinians, and in particular, freedom of movement within historic Palestine and the right of return.

In light of the worsening political situation in apartheid Israel and the increasingly brutal repression in occupied Palestine, we are reaching out to other parts of the solidarity movement to work together towards our common goals. This work includes amplifying Palestinian voices, especially those from Gaza, and supporting our civil society partners, like the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, which represents farmers and fishers in Gaza. The UAWC, along with other Palestinian civil society organizations, has been unjustly smeared and designated by the Israeli occupation in an attempt to undermine their important role in documenting human rights violations and building resilience in Palestine. While some of our partner organizations are actively involved with important programs addressing the most urgent needs of Palestinian children traumatized by the blockade and murderous Israeli attacks on Gaza, we recognize that a lasting solution requires an end to the blockade.

Solidarity movements are under attack in Palestine and around the world. Our response must reflect and amplify the urgent pleas from our civil society partners to end the blockade of Gaza. At the same time, we also work to end the media blockade by exposing the brutal reality of occupation and apartheid.

As our predecessors in the Free Gaza Movement said when they began these challenging voyages in 2008, we sail until Gaza and Palestine are free!

November 6, 2022

Some of the FFC conference delegates with a screen image of Kia Ora Gaza representative Roger Fowler who was one of the delegates who Zoomed into the London meeting.

Coalition statements, Featured

Covid-19, Freedom Flotilla, Freedom of movement, Gaza, Gaza blockade, MAB, Miles of Smiles, Muslim Association of Britain, Palestinian Forum in Britain, PFB, Popular conference for Palestinians Abroad, PSC, UAWC

Israel’s illegal occupation MUST END for Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination, says UN expert

29 Oct
The separation wall in occupied Palestinian territory. (UN News/Shirin Yaseen).

UN News, 27 October 2022

NEW YORK (27 October 2022) – Israel’s occupation is illegal and indistinguishable from settler-colonialism, which must end as a pre-condition for the Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination, the UN’s independent expert on the occupied Palestinian territory said today.

“For over 55 years, the Israeli military occupation has prevented the realisation of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people, violating each component of that right and wilfully pursuing the “de-Palestinianisation” of the occupied territory,” said Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, in a report to the General Assembly.

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Amnesty calls for investigation of possible war crimes in Gaza

26 Oct

So far this year, at least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Palestinian children salvage belongings from the rubble of their house which was destroyed during Israel’s attack on Gaza in August 2022 [File: Said Khatib/AFP]

AlJazeera, 25 October 2022

Amnesty International has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate possible war crimes following the “unlawful attacks” committed during Israel’s deadly assault on the Gaza Strip in August.

Israeli forces “boasted” of the precision of their attacks on Gaza in August, said Amnesty International in a new report released on Tuesday that investigates the circumstances around three specific attacks on civilians.

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The Palestinians in Gaza must watch in silence as their natural resources are stolen

22 Oct
A Palestinian girl uses a gas lamp during a power cut in Gaza on August 18, 2020 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images]

By Motasem A Dalloul, Gaza, Middle East Monitor, 22 October 2022

Since the beginning of October, news reports have mentioned a tripartite agreement between Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and Israel to develop a natural gas field off the shores of the besieged Gaza Strip. As recently as Monday, Wafa news agency reported PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh as saying that the PA had selected a group of ministers to discuss the issue of Palestinian gas with Egypt and follow up the issue with the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF).

On Tuesday, the Israeli public broadcaster Kan revealed that this trilateral agreement had been reached between Egypt, the PA and Israel, but no details were provided.

Gas exploration off the Gaza coast started in 1999. A year later, the British Gas Company (now the BG Group) discovered gas in a field known as Gaza Marine. It is about 30 kilometres west of the Gaza Strip and is estimated to contain more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Natural gas field off Gaza (Palestine Chronicle, file map)

The cost of development of the field is estimated at about $1.2 billion. It has remained untapped because the PIF, which is responsible for its development, has been unable to do anything due to restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation. Even the BG Group was obliged to terminate its contract with the PIF due to the Israeli obstacles.

A number of reports since Tuesday have claimed that Israel, the PA and Egypt will benefit from the natural gas taken from Gaza Marine. However, on the same day, Anadolu reported an unnamed Palestinian source as saying that the reports about the tripartite agreement are “inaccurate”. The source said that Israel will not get anything from “our” gas. “This is unacceptable,” he insisted. “Israel is just required not to obstruct the work.”

That is not what one Israeli journalist has told me. According to Baruch Yedid, Israel will indeed have a major share of the revenues from Gaza Marine.

READ: The West faces an energy crisis but still backs Israel as it imposes an energy crisis on Gaza

Other sources reported by Al Araby Al Jadeed said that an Egyptian economic and security delegation has discussed the issue of developing Gaza Marine with Israel. A member of the PLO Executive Committee told Al Monitor that Egypt had informed the PA about Israel’s approval to start developing the Palestinian gas field off the Gaza coast. Egypt, said Al Araby Al Jadeed, held several “secret meetings” with Israeli officials to get the occupation state’s agreement to start developing Gaza Marine jointly with the PA.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid flies over the Karish gas rig off the coast of Lebanon (AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

Egyptian efforts to get a share of the gas started last year when, according to Egypt Independent, the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) began talks with the PIF and the Consolidated Contractors Company for Oil and Gas (CCC), the parties licensed to develop the field. The PIF owns 27.5 per cent of the field’s shares; the CCC owns 27.5 per cent; and 45 per cent will be for the operating company. EGAS hopes to be the developer.

A senior PA official, who asked to remain anonymous, told me that an initial agreement had been reached, but a final deal has yet to be signed. He did not mention any timeline, but reports claim that it could be by the end of this year. The official also said that Israel agreed to get involved in serious talks about the gas at the request of the EU, “hoping that this gas would end up in European storage tanks.”

The official explained that under the initial agreement Egypt and Israel will monitor operations in the gas field, with Egypt taking some of the gas by 2025, assuming everything goes smoothly. Most of the gas will be sent to Europe by Israel, which will share the resultant revenues with the PA.

Video report by TRT World, 7 August 2022
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UN Special Rapporteur new report calls for ‘dismantling of Israeli settler-colonial occupation’

19 Oct

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Palestine, Francesca Albanese. (Photo: Hatim Kaghat, via Le Soir, Supplied)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff, 19 October 2022

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese, has submitted her much-anticipated report to the UN General Assembly, concluding that the realization of the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination requires dismantling Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid regime.

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Strangers behind the trees: On the death of Rayan Suliman and his fear of monsters

17 Oct

7-year-old Palestinian boy Rayan Suliman. (Photo: via Social Media)

By Ramzy Baroud, the Palestine Chronicle, 13 October 2022

Children of my Gaza refugee camp were rarely afraid of monsters but of Israeli soldiers. This is all that we talked about before going to bed. Unlike imaginary monsters in the closet or under the bed, Israeli soldiers are real, and they could show up any minute – at the door, on the roof or, as was often the case, right in the middle of the house.

The recent tragic death of a 7-year-old, Rayan Suliman, a Palestinian boy from the village of Tuqu near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, stirred up so many memories. The little boy with olive skin, innocent face and bright eyes fell on the ground while being chased by Israeli soldiers, who accused him and his peers of throwing stones. He fell unconscious, blood poured out of his mouth and, despite efforts to revive him, he ceased to breathe.

This was the abrupt and tragic end of Rayan’s life. All the things that could have been, all the experiences that he could have lived, and all the love that he could have imparted or received, all ended suddenly, as the boy lay face down on the pavement of a dusty road, in a poor village, without ever experiencing a single moment of being truly free, or even safe.

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Jerusalem refugee camp under siege as Israel hunts shooter

11 Oct

Residents of Shuafat prevented from receiving critical healthcare and basic supplies after camp blockaded amid search for man who killed Israeli soldier

Palestinian protesters stand behind burning tyres in a waste container during an Israeli raid on Shuafat refugee camp on 10 October (AFP)

By Lubna Masarwa, Jerusalem, Middle East Eye, 11 October 2022

Residents of occupied East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp have been trapped in the neighbourhood for three days, with some unable to leave to receive critical health treatments and many basic supplies running low, as Israeli forces enforce a strict blockade.

Israeli troops locked down the camp, located just two kilometres from the Old City, after an Israeli soldier was killed on Saturday by a man who approached a checkpoint leading to the camp and opened fire.

Israeli police identified the suspect, who is still at large, as Udi Tamimi, a 22-year-old Palestinian resident of Shuafat.

Describing the situation within Shuafat as “tragic” ,Thaer al-Fasfos, an activist and member of the camp’s popular committee, said: “Many patients need to go to hospitals in Jerusalem but have been unable to do so.

“There are a lot of cases who need dialysis, as well as cancer patients who are unable to get access to treatment or chemotherapy in Hadassa and Ein Karam.”

Israeli police patrol the outskirts of Shuafat refugee camp as part of a manhunt on 9 October (Reuters)
Israeli police patrol the outskirts of Shuafat refugee camp as part of a manhunt on 9 October (Reuters)

Education within the camp, which is home to around 140,000 people, has been suspended and shops are now dealing with a lack of supplies. 

“There’s been a shortage of products on the shelves, including flour which people need to make bread and other basic meals,” Fasfos told Middle East Eye.

“This is the first time we’ve had a siege like this. This is an area inside the city of Jerusalem, this will cause a major catastrophe for us, something we don’t have capacity to deal with.”

‘All of the checkpoints are locked and we are now in a large prison’

– Thaer al-Fasfos, activist, Shuafat refugee camp

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‘Every day is worse than the one before’

30 Sep

– a Palestinian community fights for survival

Zaynab Mohammed Ayoub plays next to the rubble of her demolished home. [Quique Kiersenbaum/Guardian]

One of the biggest expulsion decisions since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories began in 1967 has left an entire community at risk.

By Bethan McKernan and Quique Kierszenbaum in Masafer Yatta, West Bank, the Guardian, 29 September 2022

The new school year has started and harvest season is just around the corner, but some of the men and boys of Masafer Yatta are busy working on a different project – moving into a cave.

In Khribet al-Fakhiet, a remote village deep in the occupied West Bank, residents were using an improvised winch mounted on a pickup truck to help clear out a cavern housing sheep and goats. Buckets lowered through the entrance and a hole in the ceiling came back out filled with straw and dung; the dusty, hot interior was lit by lamps powered by a generator. Faced with the demolition of their home, livestock pens and other structures, one family is preparing to relocate into the cave before winter comes.

Mohammed Ayoub, 46. Photograph: Quique Kierszenbaum/The Guardian

“We have no choice,” said Mohammed Ayoub, the head of an extended family of 17. “We have been sleeping in the village clinic since our home was destroyed, but we have to find an alternative.”

The Guardian met the family in May, just after the Israeli supreme court decision that has turned life upside down for the 1,000 or so Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta’s collection of hamlets. The Ayoub house was demolished by bulldozers in an operation supervised by the Israel Defence Forces a few weeks after the ruling, leaving them living in a tent all summer.

Israel designated this 3,000ha (7,410 acre) area of the barren south Hebron hills as a military training zone – Firing Zone 918 – in the 1980s. After decades of legal battles, however, four months ago the supreme court finally agreed with the IDF’s argument that the people living in Masafer Yatta could not prove they were residents before the firing zone was established.

The ruling, which contravenes international law, was one of the single biggest expulsion decisions since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories began in 1967. Now, the homes and livelihoods of the entire community are at risk, and the army, together with illegal Israeli settlers, is increasing the pressure to try to get the Palestinians to leave.

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