Israel wants to own all of the land in Area C (60% of the West Bank territory). They want Palestinians to move into disconnected enclaves which are easy to control. Israel does not issue permits to Palestinians to be able to build any structures on their land. And when the Palestinians then build a home anyway,Israel bulldozes it. By this process Israel is creating a situation in which the Palestinians are forced to move off their land into the areas Israel is concentrating them in.
But Jewish settlements get permits to build in Area C - even when settlers also build illegally,Israel legalizes the settlements after the fact.
And lately,Israel has been pushing this effort at a frenetic pace as though the window to obtain their goal might close before they accomplish them.
The majority of the West Bank’s land reserves and natural resources lie in Area C so that making use of them ¬– for expanding Palestinian communities or building factories, for agriculture, for laying water pipes or paving roads – is subject to Israeli approval, and such authorization is rarely granted.
In Jan.-June 2016, Israeli authorities demolished 168 dwellings in Palestinian communities in the West Bank, making 740 people homeless (incl. 384 minors), more than in any one year in the past decade (except 2013).
These demolitions were carried out only in Area C, which comprises about 60% of the West Bank and which Israel views as primarily meant to serve its own needs.
Demolitions play a key role in Israeli policy in the West Bank to displace Palestinians and take over their land.
Demolitions and devastating communities do not fulfill “the rule of law”.
Rather, they are a longstanding, systematic dispossession to which all Israeli authorities are party.
The Jordan Valley has farm lands which Israel wants. But there are Palestinian villages on that land that Israel wants. So Israel declares the land "state land" and then gives it to the settlers to expand on.
Israeli agrarian reforms:
Argaman settlement - 1,929 dunams for 130
Marj Ghazal + Az Zubeidat - 309 dunms for 1,800
Guess which villages are Palestinian.
"EU assistance is provided in situations where Israel is not fulfilling its duty as the occupying power. That is according to the international law, universal norms and the Oslo accords," Faabourg-Andersen(EU Ambassador to Israel) told the conference initiated by lawmakers Dov Henin of the Joint List, Michal Rozin of Meretz and Ksenia Svetlova of the Zionist Union.
"Some 70% of Area C has been taken for exclusive Israeli use. Near all of the remain 30% is private Palestinian property, but is effectively off limits for Palestinian development, he said.
2009 to 2013 Israel had provided only 44 building permits to Palestinians in response to about 2,000 requests.
We have 13 children who are all grown up and married. Only one of them, Safi, who is 24, lives with us. When he got married three years ago, we converted part of a shack we were using as a pen into a room for him, and he lives there with his wife and his three-year-old son. We did this because we aren’t allowed to build. If we build, the authorities immediately issue a demolition order on the pretext of building without a permit, even though this is our land. My husband inherited it from his father, who inherited it from his father before him. Israel doesn’t give anyone permits. In 2011 we built a room of light concrete blocks and a corrugated metal roof, and applied for a permit. I was really happy with that room, which had two windows and was much better than the light shelters we live in. But a few months later they demolished the room.
After the demolition we moved back into a small tent. I felt suffocated. The tent was low – you couldn’t even stand up in it for prays. In winter, water seeped in and you couldn’t sleep there or be in the tent at all, day or night. We had to put up a lightweight shed that I made myself, sewing together empty rice and sugar sacks with plastic sheeting that we bought. The shed improved matters, but we are still afraid that they will demolish it too. At night we listen all the time for the sound of military vehicles that could come at any moment – not only to demolish our home, but the homes of everyone who lives in this area. That makes it hard to sleep. In 2014 they demolished our power grid, and we haven’t restored it since, because we’re afraid that soldiers will just come and tear it down again.
We have a married daughter and four sons – the youngest is eight and the oldest is 16. We live in the cave where I was born and which had been home to my parents. Early on the morning on 7 April 2016, while I was milking the sheep, I heard soldiers reach our community. I was terrified, because this means demolition and devastation. The Israeli military has been demolishing buildings in Khirbet Tana for years. One of the bulldozers started demolition work and moved closer to our area. It demolished our livestock pens and the entrance to our cave. I felt that my heart would burst. It’s the fourth time this year that they’ve demolished our pens and the entrance to the cave.
I feel sorry for my children who work day and night to clear the debris and rebuild. We have to build pens quickly so that we don’t lose our sheep; if they’re left without shelter they may get lost or else fall prey to wolves and foxes. So instead of playing and doing their homework, my children now spend their time building and sorting things out. But the hardest thing for me is that my youngest son Yusef, who is eight and in second grade, has to move to Beit Furik to go to school. The military demolished the only school we had. It had taught children up to the fourth grade. Now Yusef lives with his married sister in Beit Furik. He spends the week there, and comes home to us on Thursday afternoons. On Saturdays, at the end of the day, he returns to Beit Furik with his older brothers, who also had to move in with relatives in Beit Furik once they reached the fifth grade. I cry when my sons go off to school, especially the little one, who filled my life and brought me joy. He was taken from me. Now he’s far away because of the military.
We’ve been living in a cave since the military demolished our home in 2014. The house was made from light concrete blocks and had a corrugated metal roof. We used to use the cave as a sheep pen, but we had to move in ourselves because of the rain. My husband and I sleep in the cave. Our three sons are grown men so they cannot sleep together with their parents. Instead, they sleep in the tractor’s tarp-covered wagon. Our daughter is married and doesn’t live with us. We’re in a really bad state – we don’t have anything apart from a shack that we use as a sheep pen, and we’ve been served a demolition order for that, too. We have 120 sheep, and that’s our only source of income. We’re very worried that they’ll demolish the pen. We used to have over 200 animals, but we had to cut down our flock because the military restricts our grazing areas and we can’t afford to buy feed year round.
Where can we go? We don’t have anywhere else. The nearest village, ‘Aqraba, is overcrowded and there is no pasture land for the flocks and nowhere to build pens for them. Our difficult living conditions combined with concerns about the future are killing us a little bit each day
United States government on recent Israeli settlement acceleration and demolition of Palestinian homes. The EU has come out with similar statements. No one wants to be the one that history says colluded with Israel to institute apartheid policy and Jim Crow era laws on Israel's vulnerable populations.