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Call for Action against House Demolitions in Jordan Valley.

LONDON, July 21, 2010 (WAFA)- Brighton Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group Called for action against house demolitions in Al Farisiya and Fasayil in Jordan Valley.

On July 19, the Israeli army demolished 23 homes in Al Farisiya in the Jordan Valley making 91 more Palestinians homeless. They also destroyed the shelters for over 1000 sheep that members of this Bedouin community owned, and have 'confiscated' the sheep and demanded payment from the farmers for their food! Today, demolitions took place in the village of Fasayil

These are not isolated incidents, but part of the brutal repression of Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley that has escalated over the last few months. Just the day before on 18th July demolition orders were issued against farmers in Bardala village. There have been checkpoints outside Jericho, demolitions in Ras ar Ahmar and children killed by an army jeep in Ein El Beida.

Fathe Kdirat of Jordan Valley Solidarity described the demolitions as an 'Israeli policy of collective displacement, aimed at expanding settlement outposts in the northern Jordan Valley.'

It is clearly part of Israel's ongoing attempts to ethnically cleanse the Jordan Valley of Palestinians to make way for the expansion of their illegal settlements.

Al Farisiya is close to the illegal settlement of Maskiot, the newest Jordan Valley settlement. Maskiot is expanding and earlier this year settlers set up a tent close to the village of Al Maleh in order to harrass the residents. The demolitions in Al Farisiya are to make way for the expansion of settlements like Maskiot.

Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity called on all internationals to take action immediately to protest against the demolitions. We have held an emergency demonstration calling for a boycott of Israel and ask others to do the same.

The ethnic cleansing of the Jordan Valley is done for the benefit of Israeli and international corporations. Veolia, a global company, run a waste dump in the Jordan valley processing Israeli and settler waste on Palestinian land, Carmel-Agrexco operate a network of settler farms on stolen Palestinian land, Valley Grown Salads own the Israeli company, Edom UK, who have exported settler produce from the valley, MTex, who supply Tesco, export goods from farms close to Al Farisiya and have a base in Hertfordshire. Waitrose and Tesco export a high volume of goods from the valley despite repeated calls from campaigners. Brighton-Jordan Valley Solidarity is calling for global action against all these companies.

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Date:Jul 21, 2010
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