Video: Israeli forces violently ethnically cleanse Bedouin homes in Beit Hanina

A video taken today by photojournalist Fadi Arouri shows Israeli occupation forces demolishing the homes of Palestinians in the village of Beit Hanina north of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

In the video, an elderly Palestinian man can be seen admonishing Israeli occupation soldiers as his home is torn down by a bulldozer.

Beit Hanina’s residents have long been targeted for removal by the Israeli occupation, and home demolitions have been frequent on the pretext that homes are built “without permits.” But as is well-documented, the occupation does not give permits to Palestinians to build on their own land, even as Israeli colonies, illegal under international law, sprout everywhere.

Beit Hanina, which straddles the line between Israeli-declared “greater” Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank, was bissected several years ago by an “apartheid road,” Road 443, built by Israel for the exclusive use of Israelis.

Notably, French-based firm Veolia profits from the ethnic cleansing of residents of Beit Hanina and other Palestinian villages along Road 443, by running bus services for settlers.

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Here in Central New York, and in other small towns across the US, the truth is starting to seep in and people are becoming aware of the atrocities committed by the Israeli government; but its not happening fast enough to stop the destruction of homes, of dignitiy, of the spirit, and of the body of the victimized Palestinians. All of us across the globe can't take time off when there is so much work to be done. We must continue getting the word out, making our neighbors care about the suffering being done with our "blessings", especially here in the US where our elected officials fall all over themselves to pander to the Israeli government.

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they are tearing down peoples homes and leaveing them with out a place t stay they have kids and a baby. Were are they going to go?! ...... the home is theres built on there own property and if they arnt aloud to get building permets how the hell are they supose to have a home?

Ali Abunimah

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Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.

Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.