“Over 500 Palestinians, Israelis and internationals protested the demolition order on the village of Susya on June 22, 2012
Last week, demolition orders for approximately fifty dwellings were handed out. In addition, the Civil Administration has announced to the residents of Susya that it intends to implement six demolition orders issued in the 1990s and 2001. From past experience, such notices are only given when there is genuine intention to go through with demolitions.
The demolition orders cover most of Palestinian Susya. Not only dwelling structures but also animal pens, water cisterns, the solar-powered electricity system – everything.
After their village will be demolished, the residents of Palestinian Susya will simply be driven into the desert, and not for the first time. Since the establishment of the nearby Israeli settlement of Susya, the residents of Palestinian Susya were evicted from their lands four times.”
Photoset, top to bottom: 1) Palestinian girls chant slogans at the protest against the demolition of their village. 2) Hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists march into the Palestinian village of Susya, demanding that Israel not demolish it. 3) Activists hang a massive sign on the main road leading to the former site of the village, to ensure that Israeli settlers see it. 4) A view of the tents that comprise most of Susya. Israeli authorities reject 90 percent of Palestinian planning requests, which means that almost all new Palestinian homes in the area are built without permits, putting them at risk of demolition. Susya, South Hebron, West Bank. 24 July 2015. Activestills.
“We strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative.” -US Secretary of State John Kerry
“[The EU] calls on Israeli authorities to halt plans for forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure in the Susya and Abu Nwar communities.” -Council of the European Union
“[Forced transfer of Susya residents] would be contrary to Israel’s obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention, International Humanitarian Law and human rights law obligations.” -UN Humanitarian Coordinator Daniela Owen
Our village resides in our memory, and I want it to be in our children’s memory, the memory of the children of Susya. This is their village, their real village, from which they were expelled in 1986. They have to see it, feel it, remember it, know its features. This is our heritage.