The Civil Administration in the West Bank on Sunday demolished two homes, an animal pen and an outdoor kitchen in the Palestinian village of Susya in the South Hebron Hills, contravening a written commitment to avoid demolitions during Ramadan. The two bulldozers, accompanied by Civil Administration inspectors, soldiers and border policemen, then proceeded to the nearby village of Dirat and demolished another structure.
[...] In 1986 the original village of Susya was declared a national park and its residents were expelled to their adjacent agricultural lands. In 2001 they were expelled again, and the caves and sheds in which they lived were demolished. The High Court of Justice ordered the demolitions stopped and allowed the residents to remain at the site, but did not order the Civil Administration to permit the rebuilding of the homes and animal pens that had been thrown down.
[...] The nearby Jewish settlement of Sussia, whose orchards encroach on the Palestinians’ farmland, and the Regavim NGO have been pressuring the Civil Administration to enforce the demolition orders against Palestinian Susya’s structures.