As Safe as Houses (A Report from Gill from Hares, West Bank)

You might have read yesterday’s Guardian article:

Israel says it is pushing forward with the construction of more than 1,200 new homes in Jewish settlements, in an apparent warning to the Palestinians to rethink their plan to ask the United Nations to recognise an independent state of Palestine.”

So it is safe to build if you are an Israeli, but not so for the Palestinians.

Our group of the International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS)were called to our neighbouring village of Hares yesterday because the Israeli army and two bulldozers had appeared,  to knock down three homes. The families had built houses on land they owned and needed to build for their growing families. (Traditionally village families are large and live in extended homes).

Palestinian house being demolished by Israeli forces

The whole village was distraught, large crowds protested and were met with tear gas, sound bombs and eventually live ammunition.

A gathers at the site of the house demolition

Tear gas and shell casings

I will write more about this situation – just off to meet with lawyers, families and another demonstration.

The rubble from a house demolished by Israeli forces

A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”

Other reports:

http://www.imemc.org/article/64526

http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/westbankunderattack-clashes-take-place-in-hares-village-near-salfit-army-demolishes-homes/

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