Villagers watch as Israel destroys homes in two south Hebron hills villages

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On November 6th the Israeli army demolished one house and a stumble in the Palestinian village of Derath; afterward it demolished a house and a water cistern in the Palestinian village of Jawaya, South Hebron Hills, West Bank.

Around 6.45 am three DCO (District Coordination Office) cars, two demolition machines and one bulldozer broke in Derath village escorted by four Border Police jeeps and one army vehicle. First it was demolished a two floors house still under construction owned by Mohammad Musa Mohammad Abu Aram, then they moved to demolish a metal sheep’s stumble.

At about 9 am the vehicles proceeded to Jawaya village, demolished a house and destroyed a water cistern, used to collect rain water; both owned by Mahmud Ahmed Nasser Nawaja. In the South Hebron Hills area water supply is particularly critical. According to the owner, in 2011 the DCO delivered only a stop working order for those two structures.
The two Palestinian villages are located in Area C, under Israeli military and civil administration. According to OCHA oPt (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in occupied Palestinian territory) construction is prohibited for Palestinians in some 70% of Area C, while in the remaining 30%, a range of restrictions eliminate the possibility of obtaining a building permit.

The policies enforced by the Israeli authorities in Area C restrict the possibility to access to basic needs for the residents and prevent environment and development of Palestinian communities. An OCHA Opt research shows that in some communities families are being forced to move as a result of Israeli policies applied in Area C

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Analysis / Op-ed / Human Interest

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Israeli impunity vs UN membership with leverage.

Bring it on.

A Turkish colleague of mine commented that “the Arabs are builders.” Thank you for showing that these are not aborigines in caves. That beautiful house was built with generations in mind. The film almost says ‘how dare they aspire to such a graceful, idiosyncratic home’. No shoddy drywall, no cookie cutter mass-produced ugliness. It required such a big war machine to take it down.

The video is sickening. The Palestinian family probably worked 20 years to get the money to build their own home in their own place and the bots destroy it.
The system is rotten to the core.

And the machine drivers celebrate Sukkot but never think of what it means.

It reminds me of the children’s book “La maison de barbapapa” with the evil machines tearing down buildings.

Can somebody please send this video to Romney? Perhaps he can comment on how superior Hyundai and Caterpillar demolition tractors are to plain old Palestinian brick and mortar homes.