Record number of Palestinians displaced by demolitions

By suzanna
December 23, 2011

(December 13, 2011) - Israeli authorities have stepped up unlawful demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem over the past year, displacing a record number of Palestinian families from their homes, an international coalition of 20 leading aid agencies and human rights groups said today. The statement comes as the Middle East Quartet meets in Jerusalem in its latest effort to revive peace talks.

The sharp rise in demolitions in 2011 has been accompanied by accelerated expansion of Israeli settlements and an escalation of violence perpetrated by settlers, the groups said.

The humanitarian and human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam International, are calling for the Quartet to hold all parties to the conflict to their international law obligations. The Quartet must, therefore, press the Israeli government to immediately reverse its settlement policies and freeze all demolitions that violate international law.

Amnesty International; Avaaz; Broederlijk Delen; CCFD-Terre Solidaire; Church of Sweden; CNCD - 11.11.11; Christian Aid; DanChurchAid; Diakonia; Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network; FIDH; FinnChurchAid; GVC Italia; Human Rights Watch; Medical Aid for Palestinians; medico international; Norwegian People's Aid; Oxfam International; Polish Humanitarian Action; Trócaire

The evidence of rapidly deteriorating situation on the ground includes:

· Doubling the number of people displaced by demolitions: Since the beginning of the year more than 500 Palestinian homes, wells, rainwater harvesting cisterns, and other essential structures have been destroyed in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, displacing more than 1,000 Palestinians, UN figures show. This is more than double the number of people displaced over the same period in 2010, and the highest figure since at least 2005.[1] More than half of those displaced have been children for whom the loss of their home is particularly devastating.

· Accelerating settlement expansion: Plans for around 4,000 new settler housing units have been approved in East Jerusalem over the past 12 months - the highest number since at least 2006, according to Peace Now.[2] In November, moreover, Israel announced plans to speed up construction of 2,000 new units in the West Bank including East Jerusalem.

· Sharp increase in settler violence: violent attacks by settlers against Palestinians have escalated by over 50% in 2011 compared to 2010, and by over 160% compared to 2009, the UN reports. 2011 has seen by far the most settler violence since at least 2005. Settlers have also destroyed or damaged nearly 10,000 Palestinian olive and other trees during this year, undermining the livelihoods of hundreds of families.[3] The perpetrators act with virtual impunity, with over 90% of complaints of settler violence closed by the Israeli police without indictment in 2005-2010.[4]



Fri, 12/23/2011 - 12:27

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Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam International who are nowhere in sight when thousands are being killed in Syria etc now why do you think that is? Silly me the Jews aren't involved.


Fri, 12/23/2011 - 12:33

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Jose, I can't see what the point you make is. Just because Syria is bad that doesn’t prevent these international organisations from highlighting the crimes (and there are many) committed by Israel, now does it?

You can't obfuscate the issue by bringing other countries in to the equation. This isn't about Syria - this is about Israel's brutality against Palestinians.


Fri, 12/23/2011 - 12:45

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Another troll (or maybe it's the same one suffering a split personality syndrome) who cannot tell a jose from an advis3r - when you address me properly then just maybe I will respond until then psychotic you can talk to yourself.


Fri, 12/23/2011 - 12:46

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er, you just have responded to him.


Fri, 12/23/2011 - 14:45

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One can only speculate where the Palestinians would be today had they declared statehood at any time between 1948 and 1967 . A time when there was no so called occupation or settlements . Actually no need to speculate . Factually the Palestinians were too busy plotting nation destruction rather than nation building . So down the slippery snake ,twenty steps back and an expectation now , that Israel should take at face value their insincere demands for a state within 67 borders and an end to the conflict . Sure ,especially when you read the PA small print which maintains so called ROR as outside any peace deal . Then again Hamas reject it anyway so what's the point .
The Palestinians have been denied by their corrupt leaders and the wider Arab world for 60 years and counting . Just try to imagine where they would be today had they opted for peace with Israel in the first place !


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