[News] Jordan Valley Villagers Call for International Help

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Wed May 6 11:03:49 EDT 2015


  Jordan Valley Villagers Call for International Help

author Wednesday May 06, 2015 12:39author by Alternative Information 
Center (AIC)
*http://www.imemc.org/article/71482*

    Besieged Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank's Jordan
    Valley
    <http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=jordan+valley&button=Search+%3E%3E>
    have called on the international community to immediately intervene
    to halt Israeli military training in the area, which has already
    resulted in the temporary deportation of residents from four
    villages from their homes and threatens the future livelihood of
    these communities.

Massive Israeli military training in the northern Jordan Valley began on 
Sunday, with forces using live ammunition around the homes and farms of 
Palestinian communities. The army ordered residents from four villages 
to leave their homes for the duration of the training (until Thursday): 
18 families from Humsa, 30 families from Hammamaat al Maleh, 5 families 
from Frush Beit Dejan and 13 families from Ibziq.

The families have not been given anywhere to stay, nor have they been 
given any type of support. Most of the deported families have babies and 
small children.

Families in the village of Al Hadidiya were told that they may have to 
move for some of this period, although they were given no official 
documents.

“One of the greatest fears of local Palestinians is that land in the 
area will be set fire to - many of them have fields of wheat that are 
just due to be harvested, and this could destroy their entire crops”, 
says Rashid Sawafta, coordinator of the local group Jordan Valley 
Solidarity. “If scrub land is burnt by the army it will devastate the 
grazing land of cow, sheep and goat farmers”, Sawafta added.

“These are very real fears. On 28 April a similar military exercise in 
the same area of Humsa Fouqa...resulted in the destruction of 3,000 to 
4,000 dunams of crops and trees after the shootings and ammunitions of 
the Israeli army started fire on the land and Palestinian firefighter 
crews were prevented from reaching the area.”

Deported residents, almost all of whom make a living from farming and 
livestock, will further be unable to provide food and ensure adequate 
shelter for their sheep, goats and other animals.

Jordan Valley Solidarity has called on the international community to 
take immediate action to protect the affected communities. In its 
appeal, JVS notes that the Israeli military actions are “tantamount to 
ethnic cleansing in that it directly puts pressure on Palestinian 
families to leave the area and not return.”

/*More photos 
<http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/special-reports/area-c/736-xxx> 
from Jordan Valley Solidarity at AIC.*/

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