This blog shares the recent history of a small Bedouin Hamlet, Al Hadidya, in the northern Jordan Valley. The majority of the Jordan Valley is in Area C, and the Israeli government has both civil and security authority over the 60,000 Palestinians living there. Al Hadidya is located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ro’i and is built on land leased from the residents of Tamoun and Tubas. However,while Ro’i thrives, Al Hadidya’s residents struggles to meet even their most basic needs. The story of this village, like so many other Area C communities, is one of demolitions and displacement.
12.10.15. Jordan Valley, Humsa. Mahmod with the stop work orders issued to him by the Israeli authorities. Photo EAPPI/J. Puukki
This is Mahmod. He lives in a herding community in the north of the Jordan Valley. Mahmod lives with his family of eight, this includes two sons, two daughters, his daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. The family earns their livelihood by herding sheep and keeping other animals, such as chickens. They used to live in a concrete house, which provided a living space for the family and a shelter for their animals. In October 2014 the family received a “stop work order” from the Israeli authorities despite having finished their home three years before. Because they failed to “stop the construction” on a home that was already completed, their home was demolished in August 2015 by the Israeli military.
From the 3rd to the 7th of May, large-scale military training took place across the Jordan Valley, greatly affecting the everyday life of the Palestinian inhabitants. Significantly, 56% of the Jordan Valley is now a designated military zone and Israeli military train here regularly throughout the year – despite the fact that about 2700 people live in these areas.
“Where is the UN? Where is France, Germany and the UK? Where are all the journalists? The whole world should be here to see this!”