Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Israel continues to rob Palestinian land a la Nazi Anschluss


Palestinian family living in cave faces Israeli eviction

By AFP - August 10, 2020 @ 9:55pm

Ahmed Amarneh (left), and family members share a meal at his home built in cave in the village of Farasin, west of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank. AFP photoPreviousNext

FARASIN, Palestinian Territories: Ahmed Amarneh's home, with a wooden door opening onto cushion-lined rooms, is not the first Palestinian residence in the occupied West Bank to receive a demolition notice from Israel.

But it may be the first built inside a cave which the Jewish state has threatened to destroy.

Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer, lives with his family in the northern West Bank village of Farasin, where Israel insists it must approve any new residential construction and can tear down homes built without permits.

"I tried twice to build (a house), but the occupation authorities told me it was forbidden to build in the area," Amarneh told AFP, using a term for Israel used by some Palestinians.

Ahmed Amarneh throws his daughter beneath a skylight hole as they play together at his home. AFP photo

The Oslo peace accords of the 1990s gave the Palestinians self-rule in parts of the West Bank.

However, some 60 per cent of the territory dubbed Area C, where Farasin is located, remains under full Israeli civil and military control.

The United Nations considers Area C as occupied Palestinian Territory.

But Israel has increasingly allocated land there for construction of Jewish settlements – communities considered illegal under international law.

Convinced he would never get Israeli approval to build a home in his village, Amarneh set his sights on a cave in the foothills overlooking Farasin.

Amarneh said he figured that as an ancient, natural formation, Israel could not possibly argue that the cave was illegally built, while the Palestinian Authority (PA) agreed to register the land in his name.

Amarneh, whose handyman skills are considerable, sealed the entrance to the cave with a stone wall and installed a wooden door at its centre.

He fashioned a kitchen, a living room and sleeping areas for himself, his pregnant wife and their young daughter. There is even lodging for guests.

He told AFP he had been living there for a year and half, but received a demolition notice from the Israeli authorities in July, along with 20 other Palestinian families in Farasin.

Ahmed Amarneh (right), and family members sit on cushions at his home built in cave, in the village of Farasin, west of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank. AFP photo

The Israeli military branch responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank, COGAT, told AFP demolition notices were served to some Farasin residences because of "structures that were illegally built, without the necessary permits and approvals."

Amarneh told AFP he was "surprised" to learn that he had built anything illegally.

"I didn't make the cave. It has existed since antiquity," he said, holding his young daughter in his arms.

"I don't understand how they can prevent me from living in a cave. Animals live in caves and are not thrown out. So, let them treat me like an animal and let me live in the cave."

Arab residents established the village of Farasin in 1920, said local council head Mahmud Ahmad Nasser.

It was abandoned during the 1967 Six-Day War, the year Israeli occupation of the West Bank began.

But from the 1980s, former residents began to return to the area. Nasser put its current population at around 200.

Farasin looks less like a village than a small collection of houses spaced widely apart.

The PA officially recognised the community of Farasin in March, but the coronavirus crisis has prevented it from providing electricity to the area, the local council said.

Ahmed Amarneh's sister-in-law gazes out of a window of his home. AFP photo

COGAT had indicated in April that it might suspend some scheduled demolitions due to the pandemic.

But, according to the Israeli anti-settlement campaign group B'Tselem, Israel in June demolished 63 Palestinian structures.

Roughly 450,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank, alongside some 2.7 million Palestinians.

Farasin residents, aside from fearing the possibly imminent arrival of bulldozers, said they have spotted a caravan belonging to a Jewish settler in the area, who appeared to be setting up a home.

"The settler arrived here some time ago with his sheep," said Nasser, the local council head, asking why a settler would arrive at the moment they have been asked to leave.

"Our people lived here for generations. Our ancestors are buried here." - AFP


  1. Before we condemn Israel, we must look at the history of the founding of Israel.

    We should read about how the Arabs vowed to drive the Israelis into the sea, starting with the war in 1948 when Israel was newly formed.

    Look through the 1956 Sinai Campaign, the Six-Day War in 1967 and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. You will then understand the mentality and attitude of the Israelis towards the Arabs.

    For those ignorant about middle-east history, they may be surprised to know that there is a sizeable number of Arabs living as full citizens in Israel.

  2. David vs Goliath, who is the Middle East Bully I wonder ha ha ha....10 million or 2 billion...?

    Here in East Asia Bully rampas-sing East and South Seas, just 100km from Sarawak, rampas all the oil and gas then will Bully pay royalty to GPS...?

    What is our Kong Kali Kong Menteri Tiong-kok doing, he is Sarawakian no?

    1. wakakaka, do you even know who David was (yes, that King David)?

    2. As always been blurred, this choirboy only good at c&p w/o proper verifications!

    3. Minion King David has made peace with the first of the Goliaths - UAE. Now will the others follow or still want to crush tiny Israel (David only has a tiny stone in a slingshot ha ha ha) ....with all of Goliath's resources, oil and gas, huge 2,000,000,000 population etc?

      Ayam sure homeland for Palestinians is not about Race or Religion, it's simply a matter of giving land to the homeless Palestinians, and the Muslim nations will soon prove that by giving the Kurds their own homeland too because all Kurdish land is occupied by kaki lang Muslims.

      Israel and UAE strike historic deal to normalise relations

      Benjamin Netanyahu and Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan brokered the agreement with US help.

      Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a deal to normalise relations, with Israel agreeing to suspend its controversial plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

      In a surprise statement by US President Donald Trump, who helped broker it, the countries called the accord "historic" and a breakthrough toward peace.

      Until now Israel has had no diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab countries....

      ....Palestinian leaders were reportedly taken by surprise. A spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas said the deal amounted to "treason", and the Palestinian ambassador to the UAE was being recalled.

      President Trump called the deal between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan "a truly historic moment". It marks only the third Israel-Arab peace deal since Israel's declaration of independence in 1948, after Egypt and Jordan.

      "Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates," he told reporters in the Oval Office, saying there would be a signing ceremony at the White House in the coming weeks.

      Earlier, in response to a President Trump's tweeted announcement, Mr Netanyahu wrote in Hebrew: "Historic day."....

      ....Mr Netanyahu said Israel would co-operate with the UAE in developing a coronavirus vaccine, in energy, water, environmental protection and many other fields.

      Analysts say the deal could mean a foreign policy victory for President Trump, who will seek re-election in November, and give a personal boost to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption.

      The UAE's ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, said the deal with Israel was "a win for diplomacy and for the region", adding: "It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change".

    4. King David was the MOST evil man in the entire Bible, surpassing his evil ancestors Jacob and Judah.

      David was an adulterer, murderer, assassinator, traitor (to the Israelites by joining up with the Philistines), sodomite, killed his wife, b-i-l and "best friend", his king, his most faithful general (because he was eff-ing the general's wife whilst the general was fighting his war for him), plagiariser (most of the hymns attributed to him were written by others), did NOT kill Goaliath (was someone else - proven by documentary evidence by Christian scholar) etc etc etc

      why has he (and Jacob and Judah) been made a hero (heroes)? His (Their) descendants (from House of Judah) wrote the bible, wakakaka

  3. we read here the palastinian plight from time to time, but no article is published in tis blog to pinpoint the plight of tibetan, xinjianger, twnese hker n seasean, another glaring double std from ccp n their lover.

    1. that's because of all, only the Palestinians have their land stolen from them, by an alien race backed by a superpower

    2. talk as if dalai lama ancestor lived n buried in florida.

    3. Batty and his gang of tikus buta are so shit-filled to the brim of their brainwashed otak with 'alternative twisted facts' that they keep whining and bitching about evil CCP, hehehe. Even actual proven facts are staring them right in their ratty faces, they still keep on denying, replete with curses, LOL.

    4. Alien race? I thought KT said Jews and Arabs are like abang-adik, please don’t talk in circulars like Captain Thaya-Pandai.

    5. Alien race? I thought KT said Jews and Arabs are like abang-adik, please don’t talk in circulars like Captain Thaya-Pandai.

    6. "plight of tibetan, xinjianger, twnese hker n seasean"


      By whom?

      How about been bombarded with f*cked lies/fitnah by katak from a fart filled well, days & nights?

      Dalai lama can choose to return to Tibet w/o the entitlement of 农奴 that his ancestors so enjoyed!

      But he won't. Thus have to live in USofA bcoz there r blurred devotees who r still willingly subject themselves to that f*cked practice!

      When he died, he would mist likely to be torched, with ashes scatter in the Ganges by the Indian govt.

      Good ridden! One overblown hypocrite less to he used by katak under that fart filled well!

    7. whatever dl ancestors enjoy is entitlement with tibet characteristics, who is ccp to interfere n invade somemore?

    8. CCP has to interfere bcoz Tibetans r Chinese citizen!

      Under CCP China, hypocrite like dalai lama had to be dethroned & the Tibetans liberated AS required under the doctrines of socialism!

      犬养 mfer, how convenience to fart about "whatever dl ancestors enjoy is entitlement with tibet characteristics"


      So playing double standard is yr entitlement with nonchinese characteristics!

      Yr ancestors would be very 'proud' of u.

      Keep farting about yr demoNcracy with entitlement of whatsoever f*ck u can think of, moron.

    9. since when? qin? han? tang? song? or pick any dynasty that suit u, for eg when china was rule by mongolian, manchurian n japs? anyone draw a 18 dash line?

    10. Bully copy and paste Rampas of Tibet to Rampas HK before 50 years is up.

    11. Walou-eh!

      Haven't u c&please that piece of shit before?

      U still DON'T think that lobsang-sangay, a self proclaimed presudent of Tibet exiled govt(??) that not even dalai lama recognized, has his head up his ass?

      Wakakakakaka… 1C2Y for Tibet by China under the 17-points agreement long before Deng initiated the formula just for HK!

      Keep farting with yr c&p monkey show. U r doing alright as a blurred comedian.

    12. 犬养 mfer, so u want to play historical timeline!


      A simple example for yr f*cked argument.

      When is yr ancestor set foot on Malaya? Based on what they claimed to be a nonchinese malayan?

      Ditto yrs!

      Dickhead, see the faults in yr argument?

      If u can't understand, don't get yr 台毒 pals to explain. They r equally shit-deeped up to their head.

      Get someone who can explain legality vis-a-vis historical timeline with sovereignty claims!

    13. not me, its ccp n umno, they use the same argument, only a stupid double std champion like u n our host pretend not to see it.

    14. 犬养 mfer, answer the question about the timeline issue u farted about?

      Why tok3tok4tokskytokearth about CCP & umno?