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38% increase in Palestinians displaced by Israel in 2012
Ibrahim Mubarak Yousef Bsharat, al-Jiftlik (Photo: Marta Fortunato, AIC)
By: Alternative Information Center
29 April 2012
Israel has forcibly displaced at least 487 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2012, a 38% increase over the same period in 2011.
According to the United Nations Displaced Working Group, 258 of those displaced are children, while an additional 1,000 others have been directly affected. Israel has demolished 266 structures since the beginning of 2012, of which 83 were homes.
Israel demolished numerous homes and structures directly related to livelihood in the Jordan Valley. On 14 March, for example, 3 homes were demolished in the al-Jiftlik community, displacing 22 people. And on the eve of Palestinian Land Day, homes and animal shelters in three Bedouin-Palestinian communities - El Hemmi, Al Farisiya and Khirbet Homse.
The Southern Hebron Hills communities have also been affected by increasing demolitions this year. In February Israel destroyed five buildings in the village of Saadet Tha`lah, further demolishing a water tank and tearing down 50 trees. Israel has further issued stop work orders solar panel and wind turbine systems in six separate communities in the South Hebron Hills.
In April alone, 129 Palestinians were displaced and over 500 affected. In April, two Palestinian families were forcibly displaced in an eviction in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, the homes reportedly taken over by Israeli settlers. gm
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