VP-Displacement-Policy-EN-20120901The Middle East

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the demolition of Palestinian “terrorist” homes late on Monday and “the conflict runs the risk of deteriorating into purely atavistic revenge”

Israel is fond of presenting itself as a liberal Western democracy, in fact the only democracy in the Middle East. What defines a democracy, however, is the rule of law, and this is routinely denied to millions of Palestinians living under Israeli control these past 47 years and counting. Israel’s policy of home demolitions – some 48,000 Palestinian homes demolished since the start of the Occupation in 1967 – represents the cynical distortion of the law for political ends. Israel’s “Civil” Administration, the term it disingenuously gives its military government in thActiveStills1372849985g5ae3e Occupied Territory so as to give the impression of normal, proper, a-political administration, routinely sends out demolition orders that themselves constitute violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and while Palestinians may appeal them in Israeli courts, they never succeed in overturning them.”
Jeff Halper, Director, ICAHD The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions – Read the full article in Middle East Eye –       Artwork from VisualizingPalestine – “A policy of displacement – Israeli house demolitions in Gaza and the West Bank”


The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is an anti-settlement, peace group that describes itself as “an Israeli peace and human rights organization dedicated to ending the occupation of the Palestinian territories and achieving a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” ICAHD says it uses non-violent, direct-action means of resistance to end Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied territories.” Wikipedia