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Urgent Message tomorrows action (25.9) at Khirbet Makhoul canceled
Urgent Message tomorrows action (25.9) at Khirbet Makhoul canceled

Following an appeal lodged by the attorney acting for inhabitants of Khirbet
Makhoul, a temporary judicial injunction allowing villagers to return to their
village and re-build their homes.
We have no details of the injunction and what conditions are set in it, when we
get such details we will publish them.

The court did clearly stipulate that during the villagers return there should
be be no disturbance of public order and security.

Thus, in concurrence with the residents we agreed to cancel our intended visit.

We will follow events and decide on our further steps accordingly.

We hope the villagers to re-build their homes and live there securely for all
time.

Yaakov Manor
50-57332760+972-



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Solidarity visit and direct action in the village of Khirbet Makhoul in the
Jordan Valley

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Transportation:

Tel Aviv: Arlozorov train station, Sixt car park at 8.00 a.m.
(registration: Yaakov Manor, 050-5733276, manor12@zahav.net.il)

Jerusalem: Liberty Bell Park, 8.30 a.m. (registration: Connie Hackbarth, 052
6375033, conniehackbarth@hotmail.com)



On Monday 16 September, the Israeli army completely demolished the village of
Khirbet Makhoul in the northern Jordan Valley. Subsequent attempts by the Red
Cross to bring humanitarian aid were prevented through the use of stun grenades.
Consular staff from the European Union were removed from the area in violation
of their diplomatic immunity. Village residents remained without shelter and
means of livelihood, exposed to the blazing sun and night-time cold.

We call on all activists, women and men, to join this important visit, during
which we will erect a shelter in protest of the demolitions and neglect of
residents in the area.

Background:

The village of Khirbet Makhoul was settled by Palestinians prior to 1948.
Following Israel`s occupation in 1967, the army demolished the entire village
and its stone homes without any reason. Since then, village residents have
resided in temporary structures - tin shacks and tents.

Some 120 residents live in the village, where the percentage of old and the
elderly is high.

According to the Oslo Agreements, Khirbet Makhoul, like most of the territory of
the Palestinian Jordan Valley, is defined as Area C. Over the years, the state
of Israel has conducted a policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian
residents of Area C. For this goal it enlists all means prohibited by
international conventions - transferring the occupying population to occupied
territories - settlements, land confiscations, taking over natural resources -
water and minerals, home demolitions, water deprivation, limiting movement and
innumerable harassments to disrupt daily life.

The Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills are two prominent examples of this
policy.



We call for an end to the ethnic cleansing!

Partner organisations: Gush Shalom, Civil Disobedience, Coalition of Women for
Peace, Hithabrut-Tarabut, Machsom Watch, Public Committee against Torture in
Israel, Ta`ayush: Arab-Jewish Partnership, the Alternative Information Center,
Yesh Gvul
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