Posted by: noticeable | February 14, 2007

AP: Israel razes Bedouin huts in West Bank; 75 Palestinians displaced

The following piece briefly describes an operation conducted by the Israeli occupiers against Palestinians.  75 are reported to be left homeless.  75 people!  Where will these people go?  Who must care for their needs?

Acts such as these are routine for Israel yet these crimes go unpunished.

Israel razes Bedouin huts in West Bank

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HATHALEEN, West Bank — The Israeli army on Wednesday demolished seven huts and tents belonging to Bedouin Arabs who live near Jewish settlements in the southern West Bank, residents and the army said.

Several of the Palestinian men displaced by the demolition in the Hathaleen area southeast of Hebron scuffled with soldiers as the forces removed mattresses and other belongings from the homes before two bulldozers knocked them down.

Some of the women threw stones at the soldiers while others fell to the ground, sobbing.

Four Palestinians were detained by the soldiers, according to witnesses.

A total of 75 Palestinians were displaced by the demolition, residents said. The army said the structures did not have building permits and the Palestinians had been warned to take them down.

“We went to court to try to stop the demolitions but we didn’t succeed,” said resident Mahmud Abu Aram.

The army’s Civil Administration, which issues demolition orders, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why the huts were knocked down.

Israel often demolishes Palestinian structures built without permission in the areas of the West Bank that it controls. Palestinians hope to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

After sundown Wednesday, Israeli forces removed about 20 Jewish settlers from an empty house in the divided West Bank city of Hebron, a few hours after the Israelis entered the structure, Israeli media reported.

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