[News] Israeli Court Authorizes Forcible Expulsion of Masafer Yatta Hamlets

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Israeli Court Authorizes Forcible Expulsion of Masafer Yatta Hamlets
May 5, 2022
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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian structures in Masafer Yatta. (Photo:
via ActiveStills)

Israel’s top court authorized the army on Wednesday to forcibly expel the
residents of Masafer Yatta communities in the southern West Bank district
of Hebron (Al-Khalil), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Israel’s High Court ruled in favor of the forcible displacement of some
1,300 Palestinians living in twelve villages or hamlets making up the
Masafer Yatta area, which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main
source of livelihood, marking one of the largest expulsions carried out by
the State of Israel in recent decades.

The court published the ruling on Wednesday overnight, just ahead of
Israel’s so-called “Independence Day”, which saw the ethnic cleansing of
750,000 to one million Palestinians 74 years ago and turning them into
refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine, striking down
the petition submitted by Masafer Yatta families against a 1981 military
order designating the area Firing Zone 918.

The court’s move effectively leads to the confiscation of over 35,000 dunes
of land, where agricultural communities have lived for generations, to
consolidate colonial settlement construction in the area.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and
military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli
violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living –
livestock.

The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem slammed the court ruling as
being intended to forcibly transfer hundreds of Palestinians from their
homes and destroy their communities with “the clear purpose of taking over
their lands in the service of Jewish interests”

It urged the international community to prevent Israel from forcibly
transferring the communities and “make sure, should this crime be
committed, that those responsible for it – including government ministers,
the military top echelons, and the supreme court justices – will be held
accountable.”

*(WAFA, PC, Social Media)*


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