Home Demolition: The Case Al-Atrash
The Al-Atrash family has
lost their home on the outskirts of Hebron for the third time today. Israeli
soldiers tore down what ever the family has managed to build During the last
three weeks, since the 3/3/98, when their home was Demolished. On that day
Israeli Soldiers dragged the family from their home, giving them 1 hour to
evacuate their belongings. This, of course could not be done, and the house
was torn down, burying toys, clothes and furniture under the ruins. During
the weeks since, the Family has tried to rebuild - aided by the Christian
Peace Team and some Israeli peace activists.
During this time, soldiers -
Accompanied by 60 settlers harassed the builders, threatening them,
Confiscating tools, etc. Today, the soldiers dragged the Mother, Zuhur,
from her home with such brutality, that she was hospitalized with a broken
arm. The Father - Yussuf, his 18 year old son - Hussam and the 17 year old
Daughter - Manal, where arrested, leaving 8 young children alone in a
Since 1988, the Al-Atrash family is
trying to build a home. Although they own a plot of land, 26 Dunams, they
are denied a building permit for the last ten years. This is part of the
Israeli policy of confining Palestinian villages, surrounding them with
settlements and suffocating them economically.
Denied the most basic need of life, the
Al-Atrash family built their home with no permit. The first demolition
followed suite. In 1992 their home was demolished for the first time. They
saved penny to penny, crowded in the homes of the extended family, till
they finished building for the second time. Their happiness lasted till
the Third of March 1998.
We wish to ask the Netanyahu Government
this: Where should the Al-Atrash family live? Because in contrast to your
deepest wishes, they will not vanish into Thin air.
During the next few days, we will try
to provide more information, Including photographs of the home. We also
plan to have a demonstration on Wednesday March 25 in protest against this
brutal Israeli policy. This demonstration will be carried out with the
Christian Peace Team and the Committee against Home Demolition and other
Peace activists, opposite the Hotel of Mr. Kofi Annan, now visiting
Please visit our site for updates. Any
support and offers of aid will be most welcome.
Best Regards, Oren Medicks -
Press Release 28.3.98
MANAL AL-ATRASH, BEATEN UP BY
SOLDIERS AT HEBRON LAST SUNDAY, TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN SEVERE CONDITION.
16-year old Manal Al-Atrash, who was
kicked in her belly by soldiers during her arrest last Sunday, this morning
started coughing blood, and lost consciousness on the way to hospital -
apparently suffering from internal injuries.
The father, Yussuf and the18 year old son Hussam are
still arrested. On Thursday, May 26 they were brought to court. When they
asked to call witnesses that would testify that the military acted
violently, they were threatened with a long and expensive trial, which they
They were advised to except the punishment - a fine
of (3000 NIS).
The family cannot afford to pay this fine either, so
we have decided to contribute privately.
If any of you can afford to contribute, any amount
will be welcome, please send cheques to:
Gush Shalom P.O.Box 3322 Tel-Aviv 61033
Please write "For the El-Atrash family" on the back
of the cheque. Israel Best Regards,
Oren Medicks - firstname.lastname@example.org
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