Wednesday, March 19, 2008
From Khalid Amayreh in Hebron
"Israeli army bulldozers, backed by soldiers, on Wednesday swooped on four Palestinian hamlets in southern Hebron hills, demolishing 11 homes and structures and rendering dozens of men, women and children homeless.
The wanton demolitions are ostensibly aimed at expanding adjacent Jewish colonies inhabited by fundamentalist settlers advocating ethnic cleansing of all non-Jews in Palestine.
The demolitions took place at the agricultural villages of Qwawis, Emnezil, Al-Dirat and Umm Lasafa. Nine of the demolished structures were residential homes and two were livestock enclosures.
According cartographer and settlement expert Abdul Hadi Hantash, the purpose of the demolitions is to “ethnically cleanse the area of Arabs” so that recent Jewish immigrants from France and Russia could live in there on stolen Arab land.
Several Jewish colonies were established in the area a few years ago and settlers reportedly have been continually terrorizing and harassing local Palestinians and vandalizing their property.
According to the locals, settler terror and vandalism are carried out with the full knowledge of the army......."