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Oxfam calls for compensation from Israel
Published Saturday 24/07/2010 (updated) 26/07/2010 08:42
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An Israeli army bulldozer removing the part of a barrier near the village of Ein
Bidan on the Bekaot-Nablus road that has blocked access from the Nablus region
to the northern part of the Jordan Valley on 10 May 2005.
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Bethlehem - Ma'an - The international aid agency Oxfam demanded Monday that Israel compensate Palestinians in a northern Jordan Valley village after soldiers destroyed at least $29,000 of aid.

In a statement, the charity said villagers in Al-Farisiya were forced into poverty when soldiers demolished 79 structures in the village, including homes, stables, sheds, water tanks, two tons of animal fodder, fertilizer and wheat.

An initial assessment by Oxfam and other NGOs in the area calculated that the demolitions affected 113 Palestinians, half of them children and identified as some of the poorest in the area. Water tanks and irrigation pipes provided by Oxfam were among the damaged goods.

Oxfam’s advocacy officer, Cara Flowers, said the area looked "a natural disaster had taken place,” adding that “With no access to shelter, water or fodder for their goat and sheep herds, an entire community is being forced to leave their land.”

Under zoning regulations established under the 1994 Oslo Accords, Al-Farisiya falls in “Area C,” the 60 percent of the West Bank which is under full Israeli administrative and military control.

Last year, Israeli authorities declared village land a “military zone,” and some residents who have lived in the village for decades were issued eviction notices in June.

The UN has reported an increase in demolitions across Area C, and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions recently reported that Israel has “returned with a vengeance” to its policy of demolishing Palestinian homes.

Flowers said “The Israeli authorities are obliged to protect the lives, property and livelihoods of civilians under their occupation. The authorities should now offer alternative accommodation and compensation for damage done, some of it to internationally donated material, but more importantly, to the lives of Al-Farisiya’s residents.”
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1 ) Alison / Scotland
24/07/2010 20:57
Well done, Oxfam, and may more support your stand for the dispossessed!

2 ) Maureen / Australia
24/07/2010 21:15
"... an entire community is forced to leave the land." More ethnic cleansing carried out by Zionist Israel!

3 ) Janet / Scotland
24/07/2010 23:03
Demolitions.....just barbaric. But what can you expect from a country that gets away with imposing a 'medieval seige' on Gaza? Alll trade & cultural links with Israel should be bulldozed NOW

4 ) Paul / Canada
25/07/2010 01:02
Yet more evidence of the powerful influence of the Zionists in the West. You won't find this story anywhere on the U.S or British mainsteam media.

5 ) Sgt.Pepper / Canada
25/07/2010 01:07
Palestinians are illegally erecting structures on lands that are not theirs. When you squat on others lands you take the risk. If Oxfam cared about these people they wouldn't settle them on other peoples lands. Oxfam stop your trespassing.

6 ) Anna Morel / USA
25/07/2010 01:20
If the Oxfam donated materials were NOT used within the Law of the land, then Oxfam should seek compensation from the law breaking individuals, instead of the foreign countries for enforcing it's own laws!!!


7 ) esh / usa
25/07/2010 13:36
This is hardly the first time something like this has happened. It's taken Oxfam a long time to find this voice. Better late than never, I suppose. Now keep shouting it from the rooftops, and Oxfam should work the international media as well.

8 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
25/07/2010 16:52
An easy matter to settle, let the claimaints show valid deeds from the original owners !!

Which they don't have and can't produce

However, they do show old keys, which they purchased from from a junk shop or locksmith, in the hope that they would be proof of ownership

9 ) Wher's Ben / NZ
26/07/2010 06:41
Thought you would show up. Ask the Israelis who Ethnically Cleansed the 531 Arab villages in 1948 for the deeds for those lands. Your mate Ben Gurion had it planned (Plan Dalet) and executed by the Terrorist organisations that made up the Israeli army at the time. Jews owned 6% of the land and stole the other 72% that they occupy today from the Arabs. How about some compensation for them? How about the immigrant Jews making way for the Arabs who lived in Palestine for centuries?

10 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
26/07/2010 17:41
9 ) Since you don't a have name of your own, we'll just call you Momser
Where was the Capitol City of Ancient Palestine located ?
Name of the last King or Ruler?
Type of Government ?
Where can I find some coins (non-Mandate) ?
Where are Palestine & Jerusalem mentioned in the Koran ?
Explain why you pray only in the direction of Mecca, never to Jerusalem ?
Where can I view a map of Palestine and it’s borders, PRIOR to the Roman Conquest ?

We were there first !!!
Arabs came later



11 ) Martha Young / UK
31/07/2010 23:16
According to Jewish scriptures the Canaanites were there first. We only have your word for it that God gave it to the Jews.

12 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
01/08/2010 21:41
11 ) Martha Young / UK

Any authentic Canaanites, with proof & proper documention, can place their claims

We'll be glad to meet with them at their Capitol building with their appointed Canaanite representatives
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