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The Judaization of Palestine_2011 Displacement Trends

The Judaization of Palestine_2011 Displacement Trends

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The Judaizationof Palestine:
2011 Displacement Trends
© Ben Guss
This publication provides a political analysisof the root causes and consequences of Israel’shouse demolition policy, focusing on thedemolition of Palestinian homes and otherstructures in the Occupied West Bank. Allrecorded incidents have been verified anddocumented by partners in the Displacement Working Group (an inter-agency group underthe auspices of the Office of the UN HighCommissioner for Human Rights ProtectionCluster, and chaired by the UN Office for theCoordination of Humanitarian Affairs. theDWG includes over one hundred members,such as UN agencies, international and local
ICAHD is an Israeli peace and human rights organizationdedicated to ending the Occupation and achieving a just peacebetween Israelis and Palestinians. In particular, ICAHD resistsIsrael‘s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the OccupiedTerritory – more than 26,000 since 1967.
Israeli and Palestinian
s, and donors.
has been an active member of the groupever since it was established in 2008).
House demolitions and orced evictions areamong Israel’s most heinous practices in theOccupied Palestinian erritory (OP). In2011, a record year o displacement, a total o 622 Palestinian structures were demolished byIsraeli authorities, o which 36% (or 222) wereamily homes; the remainder were livelihood-related (including water storage and agriculturalstructures), resulting in 1,094 people displaced,almost double the number or 2010.
Te Jordan Valley sustained the largest number o demolitions (32% o total structures demolished,40% o residential structures demolished, 37% o  people displaced), with 199 structures demolishedand 401 people displaced.For a viable Palestinian state to be established, the Jordan Valley represents an essential land reserve,agricultural hinterland and strategic economicinrastructure. Not only that, the area providesthe potential state’s sole land entrance. However,since 1967, Israel has coveted the Jordan Valleyboth or its economic potential and its strategicimportance in orestalling the creation o a viablePalestinian state. Israel justies its presence in thearea as necessary or security. For example, in hisMay 2011 address to the US Congress, IsraeliPM Netanyahu asserted that “Israel will nevercede the Jordan Valley. Israel would never agree to withdraw rom the Jordan Valley under any peace
“Palestinians are utterly frustrated by the impact of Israeli policies on their lives.They can’t move freely aroundtheir territory. They can’t plan theircommunities. They are evicted fromtheir homes. Their homes are regularly demolished. I don’t believe that most people in Israel have any idea of the way  planning policies are used to divide andharass communities and families. They  would not themselves like to be subjectedto such behavior.”
United Nations Under-Secretary-General orHumanitarian Aairs,
Baroness Valerie Amos,May 2011.

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