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Police training programs twin US-Israeli racism

Hira Mahmood and Wafa Azari, The Electronic Intifada, 7 April 2011

The racism of the American “war on drugs,” especially in the south, is notorious. So is the racism faced daily by Palestinians. In Atlanta, a university program allows these two manifestations of racism to feed off each other and community activists are organizing to shut the program down.

On the evening of 21 November 2006, the Atlanta Police Department’s recently disbanded Red Dog Unit killed Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old Black resident of the northwest Atlanta neighborhood of English Avenue. As she sat in her home watching television, several Atlanta policemen bashed in her front door to execute their fraudulently obtained “no-knock” search warrant. After firing 39 shots, the police officers handcuffed Johnston, placed a dime bag of marijuana on her and vacated her home, leaving her to bleed to death there (Ernie Suggs, “City to Pay Slain Woman’s Family $4.9 million,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 16 August 2010).

Organizers with the Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia (MEIA-G) read a newspaper article about the court proceedings following Johnston’s brutal murder, stumbled upon a brief note about the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) and wondered what it was and how was it connected to Johnston’s death.

MEIA-G was established in February 2009 after an unprecedented mobilization in response to the 23-day-long Israeli assault on Gaza. Hundreds rallied in the streets of Atlanta in solidarity with the Palestinian people, vowing to organize to support them in their struggle for liberation. After launching MEIA-G, we endorsed the 2005 Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions and identified GILEE as our primary campaign target.

Housed in Georgia State University’s (GSU) Criminal Justice Department, GILEE is a police exchange program whereby high-ranking Georgia police officers travel to Israel to learn counter-terrorism tactics from the Israel national police. Conversely, Israeli police officials travel to Atlanta every two years to learn Georgia’s drug enforcement tactics such as those employed against Johnston, Tremaine Miller, Pierre George and countless other African-American victims of police abuse and aggression. Through GILEE, the Israeli police adopt these tactics and employ them on Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank.

While GILEE has relationships with several international police agencies, its relationship with the Israeli police is the most intimate and most troubling. Israel is one of the most brazen violators of human rights and international law in the world. Israeli police, in their execution of the racist and discriminatory policies of the Zionist government, have been and are a major source of these violations. MEIA-G hopes to keep the brutal police methods and tactics employed by the Israeli police from being adopted and implemented in Atlanta. To do this, MEIA-G seeks to expose and shift the practices of both the Atlanta and Israeli police by eliminating this exchange program, the aim of which is to proliferate repressive police tactics internationally.

Alongside 18 campaign endorsers and more than 1,200 individual supporters, the MEIA-G and GSU’s Progressive Student Alliance have built, cultivated and sustained a growing coalition organizing to eliminate GILEE from GSU and ultimately from Atlanta.

While the collaboration between the US military and the Israeli military is well-documented, social justice activists in the US are just now beginning to uncover the depth of collaboration between US and Israeli police forces. These collaborations further underscore the extent of the “special relationship” between the US and Israel, and their similar needs, as European settler-colonial projects, for elaborate systems of social control to manage the troublesome “undesirables” in their midst.

The US south has a particularly troublesome history of managing “undesirables.” With the formal abolition of slavery after the Civil War, a critical social question arose: how would the Georgia elite maintain its wealth and power in a society dependent on cash crops like “King Cotton” that relied upon a cheap, controllable and stable labor force? Policing provided the answer: newly established law targeting such activities as vagrancy and loitering were used to arrest and incarcerate southern Blacks. In short, prisons replaced plantations and police officers replaced plantation overseers (see Angela Davis, Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons and Torture, pp. 7-18).

Both the US and Israel are rooted in outside colonial forces invading a territory with the goal of possessing the maximum amount of natural resources — namely land — while erasing its indigenous population. In both cases, the US and Israeli militaries were created to engage the “external” threats of the unconquered indigenous populations, while their police forces were created to maintain control over the conquered indigenous populations (and other subjugated peoples like enslaved Africans) absorbed and “internalized” within these nation-state projects.

The US boasts the highest incarcerated population in the world — more than two million persons, including more than 800,000 Blacks. This does not include those on parole, on probation or unable to be employed because of a criminal record. Policing plays an integral role in not only surveiling, controlling and intimidating communities of color but also in funneling people into prisons. With such an exorbitant national incarceration rate, what do Georgia police officials like current Atlanta Police Department Chief of Police George Turner, former Chief of Police Richard Pennington and current Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director — all of whom have sojourned in Israel for the GILEE training — have left to learn about terrorizing and controlling these communities?

The Zionist project of confiscating the most amount of Palestinian land with the least amount of indigenous Palestinians remaining has one vital flaw. Evidenced in more than 60 years of resistance and resiliency to occupation, apartheid and genocide, Palestinians continue to resist the Zionist program of ethnic cleansing. Following the expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians in 1948, the Israeli state was tasked with controlling that pesky, residual population throughout historic Palestine. Under the guise of counter-terrorism, it is the Israelis’ sophisticated social control mechanisms that Georgia police officials learn to inflict upon Georgia residents.

The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange operates within a public university but is largely funded by private donations, including donations from corporations and former graduates of the program. The extent of private support for this program is symptomatic of neoliberalism transforming public institutions in a way that compromises their integrity. GILEE does not reflect the desires of the Georgia State University community as evidenced by the opposition to the program voiced by numerous students, faculty and community members.

The director of the GILEE program is Dr. Robert Friedman, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at GSU. Dr. Friedman serves on the advisory board of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), an Israeli organization that has actively opposed human rights groups and acted as an apologist for the Israeli security apparatus. Boaz Ganor, founder and executive director of the ICT, serves as a board member for the GILEE program.

Another highly influential, and controversial, Israeli politician — Avi Dichter — has visited Atlanta to meet with Georgia law enforcement officials as part of GILEE. Dichter has been charged with extrajudicial killings, war crimes and other human rights violations by the Center for Constitutional Rights for the 2002 air strikes on Gaza. The meetings between Israeli and Georgia officials, the unknown specificities of the training program, and the large infiltration of money into the GILEE program from unknown sources are all being done under the auspices of Georgia State University, a public institution.

Activists throughout the US are beginning to uncover more and more police exchange programs in which US law enforcement officials travel to Israel to learn “counter-terrorism” tactics. Campaigns organizing to shut them down continue to take root. We have a political obligation to expose these programs, highlight how they impact oppressed communities in the US and close them as we build a more just world free of racist violence in both the United States and Palestine.

Hira Mahmood is a student activist and BDS organizer studying English literature at Georgia State University.

Wafa Azari organizes with the Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia. Currently residing in Atlanta, she was born and raised in Oujda, Morocco.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture | 4 Comments

Female protester killed in Bahrain

Press TV – April 7, 2011

A female protester has reportedly been killed in Bahrain’s crackdown as the government is putting more pressure on anti-government demonstrators.

Khadijah Al Abdulhayy has died from suffocation in the village of Sanabis, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

Her death comes after the killing of Seyyed Hamid al-Mahfood by the Bahraini regime forces after he went missing late Tuesday.

Mahfood’s body was found in a bin in the village of Sar, a few kilometers west of the capital Manama on Wednesday.

Dozens of anti-government protesters have been killed and many others gone missing since the beginning of the uprising in Bahrain.

Bahrain’s leading Shia opposition group Wefaq said over 450 opposition activists, including 14 women, have been also arrested since the uprising began in the country in mid-February.

Bahrainis have been demanding an end to the two-century-long rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty since February 14.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops to Bahrain to reinforce a massive armed crackdown on the popular uprising.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday it is worried about the growing abuses by the Bahraini regime against its citizens who are seeking political reforms and a voice in the government.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture | Comments Off on Female protester killed in Bahrain

More than 100 women arrested in Awarta village

Ma’an – 07/04/2011

NABLUS — Israeli troops stormed a Palestinian village early Thursday, arresting more than 100 women in what local officials said was part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of five settlers in March.

Hundreds of troops entered Awarta — the village adjacent to Itamar, an illegal settlement where the murders took place — shortly after midnight and imposed a curfew after which they began rounding up the women, local council head Tayis Awwad said.

Officials told Ma’an that men and women were taken in the raids, which involved house-to-house searches in the early morning. Some of the women, witnesses said, were in their 60s, and many were taken by force.

Soldiers continued to conduct house-to-house searches through the night, the officials added. Palestinian security sources confirmed the report.

This was the fourth intensive raid of the village where scores were detained, the first coming the day after an unidentified attacker stabbed to death five members of the Fogel family, including two children and an infant.

But Thursday’s raid marked the first time they had arrested any women, Awwad said.

In the wake of the murders, Awarta has been the center of a massive manhunt. The village was put under military closure, and a curfew was imposed for five days between March 12 and 16. Some 40 men were detained during the closure, and since then two more mass roundups were reported.

Those detained have been questioned and subjected to DNA testing, officials said last week.

So far no one has been charged, with the military refusing to comment on the operation.

The Detainees’ Center in Nablus condemned the overnight arrest raid.

The mass detentions, a statement from the center said, were illegal and arbitrary and “go against the human rights of the residents.”

Awarta was the second village put under closure overnight, with locals in the Tubas area saying the Israeli army, backed by military bulldozers, entered the village of Aqaba where two homes were demolished.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture | 1 Comment

‘CIA involved in Yemen repressions’

Press TV – April 6, 2011

Interview with Ali al-Ahmed, director of Institute of Gulf Affairs in Washington.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has not been held responsible for the death of even one American for the past five years, yet the US continues to play the al-Qaeda card and provide the country’s regime with military aid.

In an interview with Press TV, Ali al-Ahmed, director of Intitute (Persian) Gulf Affairs (IGA) in Washington, shares his views on US military aid to Yemen, the exaggerated al-Qaeda connection, and optimal outcomes. The following is a transcript of the interview.

Press TV: What is your reaction toward the Pentagon state secretary saying there is no decision yet in stopping military aid to Yemen and of the US assertion that US weapons are not being used against demonstrators?

They have been used; it is not honest to say that they have not. We know that (there are) special units the US and CIA have been training; perhaps they have not directly taken part in the shooting and killing of demonstrators personally. However, they have displaced other forces, meaning that they freed other forces to do that. There is a direct link between US aid to Yemen and the killings of hundreds of demonstrators.

Press TV: Yemen is a very divided society as you and other analysts have mentioned previously; however, a lot of Yemenis have united for this revolution. Was the US essentially pressed in a corner — not having a choice, but to continue to provide military aid to Yemen?

No I don’t believe that. Saleh is sustaining al-Qaeda to use it as a bargaining chip with Saudi Arabia and the US. Once Saleh is outside of the palace, al-Qaeda’s threats will diminish greatly and the US knows this very well; however, they have not called on Abdullah Saleh to resign until recently, for which they want a transfer of power.

Focusing on supporting the people is going to be the best way for the US to diminish the threat of al-Qaeda – supporting these demonstrators. And instead of sending weapons they should send humanitarian aid. They should allow the people to govern their own country in reflection of what the people want, which is not dictatorship. That is the best tool to fight terrorism.

Press TV: What about US negotiations with the opposition?- There is a story that Riyadh may be getting involved in hosting negotiations of some sort. Do you see potential for success through these negotiations? Or is it simply too late for Saleh?

I think it is too late for Saleh to be part of any future plans for Yemen. I am worried and wary of any Saudi role in Yemen because so far, history has proven that Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen has been a negative one. They have supported violence and bombed the country as everybody knows. So they are not a neutral player here. I think other countries, like Egypt, Syria — or Qatar even — would be a better choice.

It is a question that I’ve always asked – the US has been able to bring in coalitions to wage wars and they have not worked to building any coalition to mediate peace between Arab countries with Arab and Muslim majority populations. And that is disturbing.

The US could get a lot accomplished in terms of winning hearts and minds by becoming the peacemaker in Yemen and the other countries in the region. Instead of sending weapons, they could be sending in a delegation with authority, who would mediate between the enemies in the role of a broker just like they did when they mediated the treaty between Egypt and Israel, which was led by Jimmy Carter. Why not mediate between the enemies so that we can have a government that is responsible for the wishes of its people (and) not to the whim of a dictator and his family?

Press TV: Why are the US and a coalition involved now in Libya, but not in Yemen? All this talk about the al-Qaeda bogeyman in Yemen; certainly the al-Qaeda factor is considered highly important to the US, isn’t it?

Well, there is a threat of al-Qaeda in Yemen, but I think it has been exaggerated tremendously and so far, al-Qaeda in Yemen has not been able to kill a single American in the past five years so we are not really talking about something that is of catastrophic importance.

In Yemen we don’t need to have war. What you need is to apply political pressure on Yemeni parties to come and speak to each other to collaborate in building a government that is modern and responsible to its citizens. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do that and it would definitely be cheaper than dropping bombs on people like what happened last year in Yemen or what is happening now in Libya.

So there is a cheaper alternative with a much more positive outcome for the US. Rather than flying military jets, the US could be flying in peace envoys to bring the parties together and Yemenis would be shy and embarrassed by the fact that there is an American trying to get them to talk to each other to make peace for them. This is a far better position for the US.

Press TV: You speak of peace envoys being a better choice for the US in Yemen…

It revolves around a Saudi connection. John Brennan in the White House is the American architect of US foreign policy in Yemen and was the former CIA chief in Saudi Arabia so he is influenced by the desires of the Saudi monarchy. He is why we see the Yemen situation getting worse; an American official designing US policy heavily tied to Saudi wishes. His policy is solely been to support Abdullah Saleh and that’s all – he should be removed.

The solution is to talk to every party and they are not weak. In fact, Saleh is one of the weaker players. US policy right now is a failure.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Militarism, Subjugation - Torture | Comments Off on ‘CIA involved in Yemen repressions’

A Slow Agonizing Death

Ace Hoffman’s Nuclear News Blog | April 5th, 2011

Dear Readers,

It’s been more than three weeks now, and things are STILL getting worse at Fukushima Daiichi. The world’s news media, and the tired public, may be trying to move on, but Fukushima is still spewing radioactive poisons at ever-increasing rates, pushing itself back onto the headlines day after day…

Now there are confirmed radiation readings around the plant that are millions of times higher than the legal limits. Not just higher than background or “normal” limits, but millions of times higher than legal limits. The mega-catastrophe we all hoped to avoid forever is unfolding, and not one bright nuclear scientist or engineer seems to know how to stop it.

So much for the experts.

Damned experts.

According to physicist Dr. Michio Kaku — one of the good guys — three reactors are either already melting down or in eminent danger of doing so, and a spent fuel pool may be, as well. He doesn’t seem to think anything can stop it now: Molten fuel, dripping from broken reactor pressure vessels, spewing radioactive smoke and steam for years to come…

But it could still get even worse than that: There could be a violent steam explosion. Or two, three, four… Oh God, or six. And then Daini will be unapproachable, just a few miles way. So there will go four more. In preparation, are they emptying the spent fuel pools at Daini at this time? No. They are happy to have achieved cold shutdown of those four reactors, and just keep riding out the aftershocks and the radiation wafting over from Fukushima Daiichi, waiting until somebody says they can turn the reactors on again. That’s their new plan. Go back to being stupid as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, it’s a slow, agonizing death of the reactors at Daiichi, and for those trying to stop it, many, perhaps all, of them will go through their own slow, agonizing death because of their efforts, as well. For the sake of others.

Despite their “heroism” — and I put the word in quotes only because, the day before the “natural” disasters that led to the man-made failures, these are the same people who could have REALLY done something to prevent this tragedy, like blow the whistle on the safety violations and the illogical locations of the diesel generators and all sorts of other things. But now, truly, they are heroes, and let’s hope their efforts succeed. Otherwise, or rather, even in spite of it, many others will also suffer and die because of this tragedy that is unfolding in our lifetimes.

Other species will suffer, too. Birds fly by the reactors constantly. They have not obeyed the evacuation orders one bit.

How far do they get after they fly directly in the plume, or drink the water from the ponds and puddles? Or feast on the radioactive corpses that litter the area?

Do the birds then fall into the sea, to be eaten by fish which we then will consume, still hot with radioactivity?

Do they fall on the land, to spoil the ground dozens or even hundreds of miles away — thousands, if they are migratory species of birds?

There are radioactive “hot spots” all over the reactor site.

And why are they dumping 350,000 barrels of radioactive water into the oceans when an empty tanker could have been brought nearby during the past few weeks, and the water could have been put there and held for decades or filtered of large particles and left long enough to let the fast-decaying products emit their deadly particles and rays, before releasing to the oceans? An old tanker wouldn’t cost all that much! Of course, then they’d need another… and another… and another…

I realized, late last night, that the reactor operators at TEPCO at the time of the tsunami and I have something in common. No really, we do!

You see, they called their colleagues and coworkers offsite and told them that the plant was going to melt down if they didn’t get help quickly. Big help. Generators, pumps, and people. They called the government. They even asked for the U.S. military to come help them protect the public because the reactors are going to melt down if you don’t come help!!!

People at the other ends of the lines — people who should be on trial today for mass murder, at the very least, negligent mass murder — told the plant operators they were “on their own” and would have to solve their problems themselves.

Undoubtedly, the plant operators said the plant would melt down if you don’t listen to us! Again came the response, for we all know the result.

But you know what? That’s JUST what I’ve been saying all along! “The plants are going to melt down unless YOU do something! I can’t do it myself!” That’s been my exact message all along, too!

San Onofre, Diablo Canyon, Davis Besse and all the rest: They’ll all melt down sooner or later, if we don’t shut them down instead. But no one activist, citizen, whistle-blower or politician can do it themselves. We need to all pull together on this. Improving safety won’t be good enough. Oh sure, it’s a good idea. But it won’t suffice. Shut-down might not even suffice, but it’s much, much more likely to keep us all safe.

The odds are currently approximately 100% that this will happen again and again. The arrogance of the pro-nuclear side right now, less than a month into this tragedy, proves it.

It doesn’t require an earthquake plus a tsunami plus poor design plus the arrogant indifference of key people on the ends of the phone lines. All those are just the triggers THIS time. Davis Besse almost melted down in 2002 without any of THOSE triggers, it was just an overlooked leak that went on for a surprisingly short amount of time, which almost cost America half of Ohio. (Maybe more. There is an incredible amount of spent fuel stored there, as at every reactor.)

What it really takes for a meltdown is just public indifference. If the plant near you isn’t shut down, then it will melt down sooner or later. Might it make it to the end of its license? NO! Because its license WILL BE EXTENDED. There is a 100% track record on license extensions so far.

These plants won’t be shut down by their operators. They won’t be shut down by the regulators.

If there is one “lesson to be learned” that we can all take away already, it’s that the nuclear power plant operators will stop at NOTHING short of meltdown. Consider that dozens of exactly-similar nuclear reactors to the ones in Fukushima, in at least as dangerous and as populated areas, are still operating 24/7 all around the world, it’s obvious that the next reactor to be shut down permanently will probably do so of its own accord, on its own schedule, whenever it pleases.

Damned reactors.

Sincerely,

Ace Hoffman
Carlsbad, CA

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Nuclear Power | 2 Comments

Israeli Bus Company Wins 8 Year Contract to Provide Amsterdam Transport Services

By Tania Kepler for the Alternative Information Center (AIC) | 07 April 2011

Israel’s Egged bus company has won an 8-year bid to provide bus service for the city of Amsterdam.

The contract, which includes an optional two-year extension, is said to be worth some €500 million (about $700 million).

“This win is a breakthrough for us, as this is our first chance to provide public transportation services in a Western European country,” said the Egged chairman Gideon Mizrahi.

Egged will begin operating suburban bus lines connecting the cities of Purmerend, Hoorn, Volendam, Eda and Wormerveer to central Amsterdam in December 2011, according to Israel’s Arutz Sheva news. The metro bus line will include some 250 new buses.

The fact that Israel’s largest transportation company won such a large European bid, through its subsidiary Egged Bus Systems, is controversial.

Egged operates bus services for illegal Israeli settlements inside occupied Palestinian territory, and is involved in the Jerusalem Light Rail, a train project that links settlements in East Jerusalem to the western part of the city.

By facilitating population transfer into occupied Palestinian territory, Egged is actively and knowingly complicit with Israeli violations of international law.

Egged also operates some 1,400 buses in Poland where it owns the Polish bus company Mobilis, including exclusive franchises in Warsaw, Krakow and Bydgoszcz.

Egged’s privatisation of the Polish company has not been so popular. Since the take over, workers’ wages, working conditions and hours have all been dramatically reduced.

The Polish Campaign of Solidarity with Palestine already launched a campaign against Egged-Mobilis for its joint complicity in Israeli violations of international law.

In 2004 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the construction of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory violates international law as laid out in Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids population transfer into occupied territory.

Egged profits from these violations of international law.

The ICJ ruling also stated that all states are under an obligation not to “render assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction”.

“By providing Egged, an agent of Israeli occupation, with contracts, the Polish state is bringing into question whether it is undermining international law,” according to PCSP.

The Polish Campaign of Solidarity with Palestine calls upon the local municipalities in Poland to end their support for Israel’s illegal occupation but cutting all ties with Egged and refusing to grant the company further contracts.

It is time for the solidarity community in Amsterdam to do the same.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Solidarity and Activism | 1 Comment

Bahraini Injured Protesters were Beaten in Hospitals: Medecins Sans Frontieres

Al-Manar | April 7, 2011

Medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday that hospitals in Bahrain were being used as bait to snare wounded pro-democracy protestors after security forces took over health facilities.

MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) said in a report that the crackdown was denying the injured medical care.

The report also revealed testimony from patients admitted to the main public Salamaniya hospital who said they had been beaten there by security forces. One of them said he was beaten on a close range rubber bullet wound to his head following surgery.

The agency said it had treated people in their homes after the Gulf kingdom’s hospitals and clinics were turned into “places of fear” rather than safe havens for the sick and wounded.

“Health facilities are used as bait to identify and arrest those who seek treatment,” said MSF medical coordinator Latifa Ayada as the agency called for the removal of security forces from Salamaniya. “Wounds, especially those inflicted by distinctive police and military gunfire are used to identify people for arrest, and the denial of medical care is being used by Bahraini authorities to deter people from protesting,” she added.

MSF found that Salamaniya hospital was virtually empty during a visit on March 21. It concluded that the use of the hospital first as a venue for demonstrations and then its occupation by the military, along with the targeting of other health facilities, had undermined the provision of impartial medical care in the country.

However, MSF said that its offer to set up an emergency medical response in Bahrain had fallen through after it failed to secure guarantees from authorities that patients would not be targeted.

Human rights groups have reported that doctors and ambulance drivers have also been targeted in the crackdown. MSF noted a “high level of trauma” among health workers in Bahrain, with many afraid to even talk about the medical situation.

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Homes, roads taken down near Tubas

Ma’an – 07/04/2011

TUBAS — Witnesses said six bulldozers and hundreds of soldiers were deployed throughout the Jordan Valley village of Aqrava on Thursday morning, when two homes and road entrances were taken down by Israeli forces.

Sami Sadeq, head of the village council, said two streets leading out of the village were torn up, effectively rendering them useless for travel, forcing residents to take long detours and exit via the main entrance of the village.

Sadeq said some 95 percent of the structures in the village have demolition orders issued on them, including the village’s grand mosque, kindergarten and homes.

The bulldozing destroyed electricity poles at the entrance of the village, and the homes of Mohammad Hassen Subieh and Abed An-Naser Ahmad Subieh, the official said.

Israeli daily news site Ynet said the military and Civil Administration “destroyed 3 illegal Palestinian structures and two pathways in Jordan Valley,” saying all were in an areas designated as a firing field.

The demolitions come as UN figures show a continued increase in home demolitions hit a record high during the first three months of 2011.

Ffigures from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees recorded 76 demolitions of Palestinian buildings in March, forcibly displacing 158 Palestinians including 64 children.

So far this year, Israel has demolished the homes of 333 Palestinians, including 175 children, UNRWA reported.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | Comments Off on Homes, roads taken down near Tubas