The South Hebron Hills Popular Committee calls for you to participate in a march through the so called “Firing Zone 918”. These 30.000 acres of private and agricultural land claimed as a training military area by the Israeli occupation forces risk to be evacuated since next 1st of November.
The march will start at 10am in the village of Tuwani and will continue through the villages of Mufaqarah, Maghayir al Abeed and Isfey. The march will end around 4 pm in the village of Tuba, where Palestinian representatives, Israeli peace activists and international volunteers will hold speeches. There will also be a show of Palestinian traditional music and dabke dance.
The purpose of the march is to support the steadfastness of the inhabitants of the area, facing soldiers’ harassment, movements’ restrictions, house demolitions and a pending threat of a second evacuation. These communities are also frequently exposed to settlers’ attacks as the so proclaimed closed area is surrounded by the four illegal settlements of Ma’on, Karmil, Susya and Metzadot Yehuda, established at the beginning of the 80’s. Settlers’ violence targets people, in particular the local shepherds and their flocks, as well as Palestinian crops and wheels.
For the last months, physical assaults and properties’ vandalism increased in the whole area.
The Israeli policies in this area clearly testify to Israeli’s attempts to isolate and to ethnically clean it in order to expand its illegal settlements and annex more territory.
PLEASE COME AND STAND BESIDE THE PALESTINIAN COMMUNITIES OF SOUTH HEBRON HILLS. SUPPORT THEIR RIGHT TO RESIST TO THE ISRAELI POLICIES OF EVICTION AND DISPLACEMENT.
This area of the South Hebron Hills was proclaimed a closed military area in the 70s. In 1999, the 700 inhabitants of the area were forcibly deported and their villages were destroyed. Following a petition, the Israeli High Court of Justice ordered to allow the people to return to their land and forbade their expulsion pending a final decision. Since that moment, the Palestinian families of these hamlets have been living under threat and in a constant state of incertitude. Recently, Israel Defense Ministry Ehud Barak announced the evacuation of eight of these twelve villages -al Majaz, a-Tabban, a-Sfay, al-Fakhit, al-Halaweh, al-Mirkez, Jinba, and al-Kharuba-, while the other four – al-Mufaqarah, at-Tuba, Maghayir al-Abeed and as-Sarura – will be spared. The eviction’s cause is that the land is needed for military training.
In the case the eight hamlets are displaced,around 1500 persons will be left homeless and will be forced to move to the close city of Yatta. Also the fateof the four spared hamlets, systematically targeted with demolition orders and exposed to settlers’ attacks, will be already determined, as they will find themselves isolated and cut off from the vital center of Yatta.
According to Barak’s declaration, the villagers will be allowed to access their land for farming on weekends and Jewish holidays, and during two one-month periods each year, when the Israeli army is not training.
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