Israel, end unlawful demolitions West Bank

In a statement published today, 36 NGOs call on the Israeli government to immediately end the unlawful demolition of Palestinian private property and homes in the occupied West Bank. The statement is made after recent demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

The recent Israeli demolitions took place in the Palestinian town of Auja. In total, 13 structures were demolished, of which 3 were houses. As a result 6 adults and 13 children were displaced and 20 adults and 39 children were affected. The event does not stand alone, as becomes clear from the statement and visual issued today.

The statement reads:

Since the resumption of the peace process in July, Israel has destroyed 207 Palestinian homes and property in the occupied West Bank, displacing 311 Palestinians, over half of whom are children.  These demolitions, in areas under Israeli control, have driven Palestinian families from their communities and their land, increasing poverty and the need for humanitarian assistance.

 

Such demolition of civilian property is in direct violation of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, which prohibits demolitions carried out without military necessity. Demolitions often occur to facilitate the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, with 60% of demolitions occurring in Palestinian communities close to settlement zones.”

The signatories

In total, 36 NGOs undersign the call for an immediate end to these Israeli demolitions. Cordaid, who has been actively involved in contributing to sustainable and just peace in Israel and occupied Palestine for many years, signed the call alongside:

  1. Action Against Hunger (ACF)
  2. ActionAid
  3. Amnesty International
  4. American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  5. CARE International
  6. The Carter Center
  7. CCFD – Terre Solidaire
  8. Christian Aid
  9. Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)
  10. Cordaid
  11. DanChurchAid
  12. Diakonia
  13. Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network
    (EMHRN)
  14. Heinrich Böll Stiftung
  15. Help Age
  16. Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  17. ICCO
  18. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
    (IDMC)
  19. International Federation for Human Rights
    (FIDH)
  20. Islamic Relief World Wide
  21. Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
  22. Kvinna til Kvinna
  23. The Lutheran World Federation
  24. Medical Aid for Palestinians – MAP UK
  25. medico international
  26. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
  27. Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)
  28. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  29. Oxfam
  30. Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH)
  31. Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW)
  32. Save the Children
  33. Secours Islamique France
  34. Terre des hommes Italy
  35. Terre des hommes CH (Switzerland)
  36. World Vision Jerusalem-West Bank- Gaza

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