Human Rights Intuitions Association – HRIA expressed its condemnation of the policy of demolition and displacement that Khirbet al-Hamsa and its surrounding areas are subjected to by the Israeli occupation authorities. The association also urged the United Nations and the international community to intervene and to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to stop the displacement of its residents and to allow them to rebuild their homes and agricultural facilities. The association considered that the failure of the international community and the United Nations to fulfill their responsibilities in stopping these crimes provides a cover for the occupation authorities to continue their aggressive policies against the Palestinians.
The association said in its letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and international personalities and bodies that it addresses their human conscience, international responsibility, and the power of international law that granted the Palestinians their rights to defend their land and enabled them to their right to life, housing and movement, without being subjected to expulsion or forced displacement. It also urged them to take urgent measures to stop the racist practices of the Israeli occupation authorities, and to empower the people of the region in order to exercise their guaranteed rights and secure housing and a decent life for them.
The occupation authorities completely demolished about 70 homes and facilities in the area, and moved their residents to the areas of Furush Beit Dajan and Ain Shibli south of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, which are areas surrounded by Israeli settlements in order to displace them from the region.
Homs al-Fawqa, inhabited by about 80 Palestinians, was completely demolished at the beginning of last November. The Israeli occupation demolished 73 homes and facilities, all are made of tin, as stone construction in the Jordan Valley was prohibited. The people rebuilt their homes but the occupation demolished them again on Wednesday.
After the evacuation of Humsat al-Fawqa, the occupation authorities are preparing to implement the threat to evacuate the nearby villages of Makhoul and al-Hadidiya, as part of a plan to empty the Triangle, which has an area of 200,000 dunams, from the Palestinian presence, including the Baqi’a Plain, which is the most important plain in the West Bank. According to human rights sources, in just one month, the Israeli occupation delivered notices to demolish 150 residential and agricultural facilities in the Jordan Valley, while more than 10,000 forest trees were uprooted east of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley.