Created: Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:36
Written by FRFI
Palestinian homes are being demolished on an ever-increasing scale. Construction of Israeli settlements is accelerating in key strategic parts of the West Bank. The occupation is being expanded and strengthened, violating international law - yet the imperialist powers continue to fund Israel.
Each individual demolition is an example of the violence and destruction imposed upon the whole Palestinian people. Salim Shawamreh and his family have already lost their home four times. Four times their belongings have been bulldozed, and the entire family made homeless. Arabiya, Salim's wife, suffered extreme stress, unable to speak after the first demolition. Their children have all shown signs of trauma. This, of course, is not an isolated incident. Rather, house demolition is a daily issue in Palestine and increasingly so for Palestinians living within Israel itself. The Shawamrehs were unable to move into their home the fourth time it was rebuilt, with its memories of destruction and violence. They decided to dedicate the house to the community - 'Beit Arabiya' (the house of Arabiya) became a hub of resistance, education and solidarity. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) had rebuilt the house alongside the family each time - in summer, rebuilding participants stayed in the house with Salim and Arabiya. On 23rd January 2012, this was bulldozed for the fifth time. ICAHD members were instantly at the scene, only to be beaten by the army and police. Women came under particular attack, with sexualised taunts. The bulldozers didn't stop there, but carried on to destroy the Jahalin Bedouin enclave close by; six homes were destroyed and most of the animal pens.
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