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Demolition warnings to Walaja residents
Published Thursday 12/05/2011 (updated) 13/05/2011 16:21
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Palestinians inspect the rubble of their house, demolished by the Israeli
army, in the West Bank village of Al-Walaja, near Bethlehem on
December 12, 2006. [MaanImages/Fadi Tanas]
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Demolition orders were handed out to seven families in Al-Walaja, the village closest to the ongoing construction of Israel's separation wall.

Village council member Adel Al-Atrash told Ma'an that the orders were handed out on Wednesday night, and residents were given 72 hours to appeal to the courts to stop the demolition process.

A court process has started, Al-Atrash said, noting that attorney Ghiyath Nasser was taken on by the village to defend the rights of Ahmad Khalifeh, Muhammad Khalifeh, Yousef Shihadeh, Mahmoud Radwan, Kamal Radwan, Adel Abu Srour and Atallah Abu Riziq to keep their homes and properties.

The orders were handed out days before a planned demonstration in the village marking Nakba Day. On Saturday, volunteers were called to participate in a work day to support Walaja farmers whose land had been declared a no-go zone due to the separation wall construction.

A spokesperson for Israel's Civil Administration, which delivers the orders, could not be reached for comment by phone.

Residents of the southern West Bank village are overwhelmingly refugees, driven from the historic Al-Walaja, located just across the valley from the current population center. The village was, in 1948, the second largest land area after Jerusalem, but was cut down to one third the size when Israel declared statehood that year.

Now a border village, Al-Walaja is edged on its eastern flank by an expanding bloc of settlements, and being shrunk once again by the path of Israel's separation wall, which near the village cuts between two and three kilometers beyond the pre-1967 border.
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1 ) Tobias / US
12/05/2011 18:19

It is probably too late to stop these demolitions from proceeding !!

And, only peace can stop such future demolitions,
but that will require that Palestinian leaders:
- go to negotiations, and
- make significant compromises, borders, refugees, recognitions, etc. !!


2 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
12/05/2011 19:15
With no comment from our Civil Administration--which SHOULD have been given to Ma'an News Agency so its side of the controversy COULD be known--it appears this upcoming demolition IS UNNECESSARY, WRONG and SHOULD BE STOPPED. If possible (and it very likely could be) our ongoing separation wall SHOULD follow a path so the demolition IS UNNECESSARY. This should be done to accomodate these families even IF it costs more money. We would probably have to give them extra money ANYHOW if they moved.

3 ) Niva dos Santos / elektra
13/05/2011 08:55
And these criminals pretend don't know why Hamas do not recognize them!!!
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