bulldozers ravage Palestinian land in Tubas
Wednesday September 17,
2008 17:39 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
This week, Israeli
occupation forces armored bulldozers have begun tearing up the land of
Palestinian villagers in the town of Tubas, after having issued
'military demolition orders' on the homes of two dozen families.
The Israeli military commonly issues demolition orders for the
Palestinian homes that stand in the way of areas they wish to expand the
illegal Israeli colonies. Tubas, located in the northeastern West
Bank, is a village that has faced hundreds of such orders in the past
several years, as Israeli officials have publicly stated that they wish
to empty the village to expand their bases onto that land.
The land is strategically located in the Jordan Valley, an area that
Israel is currently closing off to the Palestinian residents, and
constructing settlements and military bases that will result in the
complete encirclement of the West Bank, and control of the Jordan River
for Israel. Currently, the West Bank (one of two Palestinian
territories that together constitute 27% of the original land of
Palestine, and are all the land the Palestinians have left after Israel
was created and expanded over the last 60 years) borders the Jordan
River, but Israel is attempting to change that reality with new
so-called 'facts on the ground' that they hope will be irreversible in
any peace negotiations that may take place in the future.
The people of Tubas, meanwhile, have, since Monday, watched helplessly
as Israeli bulldozers began tearing up their land. Twenty days
ago, twenty-six families received demolition orders for their homes from
the ruling Israeli military authorities. The reason given for the
demolitions was 'security reasons'.
According to Aref Daraghmeh, the Head of Regional Affairs for the
village, “Israeli military vehicles and soldiers are flooding the area
and have threatened some residents there with home and barn demolition.
Also the sheep grazing lands on farms throughout the region are under
threat.” Daraghmeh told the Palestine News Network, "Eighty-five
percent of the pasture is closed. Farmers and other residents can’t
access their land. The area under threat holds wealth of
archeological treasures, animal life, and is a tourist destination. The
construction of military roads will ruin the area.”
The Israeli forces are using the land as a path to transport tanks from
one base to another.
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