The Violation: A decision issued by the Israeli â��High Court of Justiceâ�� to demolish 47 Palestinian homes in the village of Al Sawiya and 13 Palestinian houses in the nearby village of Yatma.
The Affected: The Palestinian population of both Al Sawiya and Al Yatma villages in Nablus Governorate.
The Violator: â��Committee of Building and Organizationâ�� in the Israeli â��Civil Administrationâ��
Date of Violation: 9th of September, 2009.
Details of the Violation:
The Israeli â��High Court of Justiceâ�� issued on the said date a decision asking the Israeli occupation army to demolish 47 houses in Al Sawiy and 13 in Yatma. The houses have received previously Stop Work Orders under the pretext that they were built in Area C without an authorization from the occupation authorities. The decision requested a speedy demolition in response to a petition filed by a colonial organization.
The targeted houses in Al Sawiya are located in the vicinity of the village and not, by any means, near any colony or by-pass roads. As such, the demolition decision has no security dimension to it especially in light of the on-going and continuous expansion of the nearby colony of Eili (located 2 kilometers away from the village). The expansion of this colony has been non-stop in the past few years given the fact that its colonists have established six satellite outposts while Palestinians are not allowed such a â��luxury.â��
The 3,000 Palestinians of Al Sawiya live atop the small area of no more than 340 dunums that is classified as Area B according to the Oslo Accords. They are not allowed to build beyond these dunums as the rest of the area of the village is classified as Area C. Olive trees and almonds form the main source of income for a large number of Al Sawiya residents. In comparison, the colony of Eili rests atop 4,000 dunums of Al Sawiya lands along with two additional colonies, namely Maâ��ale Labouna and Raheil.
The 41-years old Mr. Jumaâ��a Saleh from Al Sawiya commented the following to Land Research Center (LRC)â��s filed researcher: ' I sold my wifeâ��s gold and added it to my lifetime savings to build my house. I have been living there for the past 7 years with my wife and four children. I wonâ��t let anyone demolish it. I had no other choice but to build it here as I inherited the land from my late father. They are demolishing our houses while they continue to build in the colonies. They did not even receive a Stop Work Order despite the fact that they donâ��t own the land to begin with. It is our land. '
It has to be mentioned that a number of human rights organizations have appealed to the same court to get an injunction preventing the Israeli forces from carrying out the demolitions. Below are the names of Owners whose houses are threatened of demolition in Al Sawiyya Village