Largest Palestinian displacement in decades looms after Israeli court ruling

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Palestinian Mahmoud Najajreh points at his demolished house, in Masafer Yatta, South of Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 31, 2022. Picture taken May 31,2022. (credit: REUTERS / Mussa Qawasma)
38 of the most vulnerable Palestinian communities at increased risk of forced displacement.

By Henriette Chacar| Reuters | June 11, 2022

“They want to take this land from us to build settlements,”
— Wadha Ayoub Abu Sabha, a resident of al-Fakheit, one of a group of hamlets where Palestinian shepherds and farmers claim a historic connection to the land

MASAFER YATTA, West Bank, June 12 (Reuters) – Some 1,200 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank region of Masafer Yatta face the risk of forced removal to make way for an army firing zone after a decades-long legal battle that ended last month in Israel’s highest court.

The ruling opened the way for one of the largest displacements since Israel captured the territory in the 1967 Middle East war. But residents are refusing to leave, hoping their resilience and international pressure will keep Israel from carrying out the evictions.

“They want to take this land from us to build settlements,” said Wadha Ayoub Abu Sabha, a resident of al-Fakheit, one of a group of hamlets where Palestinian shepherds and farmers claim a historic connection to the land.

“We’re not leaving,” she said

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