Published: 2018-03-23 13:22
Last Updated: 2018-03-23 13:41
Israeli police forces entered the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran on Wednesday and posted eviction notices on homes and mosques in preparation for demolishing it in April, according to the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Adalah Center.
The notices specified that demolitions will be carried out by the Israeli authorities at some point in the period between April 15-29.
In response, Adalah Center sent an urgent letter to the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and the Israeli Land Authority urging them to postpone the eviction of residents and demolition of their homes as it would leave 350 residents, including many women and children, homeless,.
The Israeli government had promised earlier that “Anyone who wishes to live in Hiran is entitled to do so” and that establishing a new town on the ruins of Umm al-Hiran will not prevent its original residents from living in the new town.
"Despite the state's obligations and promises to the Supreme Court, these notices have been delivered before a just arrangement has been reached with residents and before they have been ensured an adequate and available housing solution,” the human rights center wrote in its letter.
It added: “All of this is taking place in the shadow of the racist and discriminatory aims of the Hiran settlement association which will, apparently, be involved in allocating land plots in [the new town of] Hiran.”
Israeli authorities demolish houses as a method of collective punishment against Palestinians by forcing them to leave their homes.
According to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), only in 2017, more than 350 structures belonging to Palestinians were demolished which caused the displacement of 528 people.