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I have set up this fundraising page on behalf of my friends in Palestine, (in conjunction with HIRN) since recent house demolitions of 6 families in a Bedouin community, we are trying to raise money to rebuild their homes More ...
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In the aftermath of the disappearance of three Israeli settlers from the area of Gush Etzion on June 12, 2014, the Governorate of Hebron was subjected to an intense Israeli military campaign that spared none. Men, women, girls, boys and the elderly were all targeted as Israel turned over every plant, every stone, every branch and every leaf to look for clues for the missing settlers.

Repeated house searches, property damage, physical and psychological violence, water theft, un-asphalting of streets, the prevention of reaching the northern governorates and the inability of any male between the age of 20 and 50 to leave Palestine, as the Allenby Bridge would not allow them to cross.

These actions (constituting collective punishment) were made even worse as Israeli occupation forces carried out two massive demolitions of houses that led to 50 Palestinians becoming homeless.

The targeted communities have faced demolition before and have exerted the efforts needed to stop the last demolition from taking place. The communities are Khallat Al Furn (in Hebron Governorate) and Al Khader (in Bethlehem Governorate).

Khallet Al Furn:

The Bedouin community of Khallet Al Furn is located opposite to the entrance of the city of Bani Naeim in Hebron Governorate.

The community is made entirely of Bedouin refugees who were forced in 1948 to leave their original homes near the current city of Arad. These refugees were living in very modest strctures due to the fact that they work only odd jobs as well as in herding.

Israeli occupation forces issued demolition orders against 6 of their houses back in 2010. Residents of the community did not know how to move forward with the demolition orders. HIRN was instrumental in getting all of the needed documents (fees, maps, CDs, pictures, etc) to freeze the demolition process.

However, it seems that occupation forces took advantage of the state of unrest in Hebron and sent a big blow to the mere existence of this community; On Thursday June 19, 2014, Israeli occupation forces surrounded the community and demolished 6 houses in which more than 30 Palestinians used to live. Of these Palestinians, 20 were children. In terms of response, the families received some less-than-adequate tents from the Red Cross. Such tents are designed ONLY to provide a place to sit. BY NO MEANS DESIGNED FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE !!!. 

HIRN went back to the location three days after the demolition and the only request by the families was to REBUILD. The following pictures display the misery the population lives under in the aftermath of the merciless demolition. 

The large military force used in the demolition.

what is left of the homes...

only trees stand as witnesses to the demolition

Misery abound as the community suffers Nakba for the second time.

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