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In photos: Threat of demolition looms for village of Susiya

June 2, 2015 3:57 P.M. (Updated: June 4, 2015 6:12 P.M.)
A sign for Susiya with an Israeli settlement pictured in the background.(Charlie Hoyle)
By: Charlie Hoyle

Located a mere 100 meters from the illegal Israeli settlement of the same name, the 300 or so villagers of Susiya face imminent displacement after Israel's High Court of Justice in May rejected a petition filed by residents to halt demolition orders for the village.

The court ruling is the latest setback in a decades-long battle to fight forced displacement by the Israeli state, with the current generation of villagers next in line to take up the fight after their grandparents were displaced from Tel Arad -- now in southern Israel -- following the Nakba, or catastrophe, in 1948.

The unusual ruling by the court means that the largely herding and shepherding community could be displaced at any time when Israeli Civil Administration forces move in and demolish the residential and agricultural structures.

(Charlie Hoyle)
A solidarity tent in Susiya received NGO staff, journalists and volunteers as news of the court decision spread. (Charlie Hoyle)
Part of Susiya with the city of Yatta in the background. (Charlie Hoyle)
(Charlie Hoyle)
A solidarity tent in Susiya with an Israeli settlement in the background.(Charlie Hoyle)
(Charlie Hoyle)
(Charlie Hoyle)
A residential tent for villagers is seen with the illegal Israeli settlement of Susya in the background. (Charlie Hoyle)
A Palestinian flag flies in the wind as Susya settlement is seen in the background. (Charlie Hoyle)
(Charlie Hoyle)
(Charlie Hoyle)
A rock with Susiya written on it is seen with Yatta in the distance. (Charlie Hoyle)

Comments
Tobias / USA
-1- The illegal Arab settlement was built without get permits, and the Legal Jewish village was built after getting permits, which
-2- Explains why one is under "threat of demolition", and the other is not.
-3- Israeli laws will always supercede international opinnion on such disputed lands !!
02/06/2015 16:55
Yes Sir / US
Ignorance is how we got here in the first place. Permits you agrue is weak, go back and read for better understanding.
03/06/2015 15:13
Ron / UK
Israeli laws are racist. Also many of the houses in the Jewish 'village' are built on privately-owned Palestinian land ( ie stolen from Palestinians).
03/06/2015 16:42
@ Yes Sir and Ron / Three Truths
-1- Getting a permit to build, anywhere you want is Not a Right, and asking for one on state land in the US will also be denied.
-2- Israel has one law for all people (unlike many Arab states), and
-3- "Many Jewish village are built on PRIVATELY CLAIMED
(but Not Owned) Palestinian LAND" !!
05/06/2015 14:19
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