Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Middle East: Bedouin communities at risk of forcible transfer - Fact Sheet, September 2014

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Key Facts
  • Around 7,000 Palestinian Bedouins and herders, some 60% of them children, reside in 46 small residential areas, in Area C in the central West Bank.
  • Over 70% of the residents are refugees, who were evicted from or fled their places of residence in southern Israel in the early 1950’s.
  • Approximately 90% of the people depend on herding as their primary source of income.
  • Most of the families have pending demolition orders against their homes and over 85% lack connection to the electricity and water networks.
  • Two-thirds of the communities reported facing settler violence during the past three years.
  • Over 60% of the approximately 6,000 Palestinians forcibly displaced since 2008 due to the demolition of their homes in Area C, on the grounds that they had no building permits, lived in Bedouin/herding communities.
  • More than 540,000 Israelis settlers live in West Bank settlements, which were built in contravention of international law; they receive preferential treatment in terms of the allocation of land, planning and provision of services.

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