By: Amira Hass on: 23.07.2010 [05:44 ] (117 reads) (2869 bytes) [nc]
IDF destroys West Bank village after declaring it military zone
Since 1967, Israel has prevented the growth of Palestinian
communities in the Jordan Valley by cutting off their water supply or
declaring large areas as live fire zones.
By Amira Hass
The IDF’s Civil Administration destroyed a Palestinian village
Monday morning that had earlier been cleared out when its water supply
was cut off.
The IDF demolished about 55 structures in the West Bank village of
Farasiya, including tents, tin shacks, plastic and straw huts, clay
ovens, sheep pens and bathrooms. These structures served the 120
farmers, hired workers and their families who lived in the Jordan Valley
The Civil Administration said they had declared the area a live fire
zone and posted eviction orders for 10 families in tents on June 27.
“Since no appeal was filed in the following three weeks, and given
the danger posed by the location of the tents, they were removed,” they
said in response.
The villagers made a living by sheep farming and working land owned