Updates – Susiya

Dear Friends,

We would like to update you regarding several recent developments in the legal circumstances of Palestinian Susiya.

The current phase of threat on the existence of Palestinian Susiya started in February 2012 with a petition to the Supreme Court, submitted by the Jewish settlement of Susiya and the “Regavim” organization. In this petition the settlers asked the Supreme Court to order the Civil Administration of the Israeli army to demolish the dwellings of the Nawajeh clan in Palestinian Susiya, located close to the Susiya settlement, claiming that the Nawajeh people are “trespassers”.* About a year after the petition was submitted, Civil Administration officers arrived at the place and marked almost all the dwellings of the Nawajeh clan in Susiya as designated for demolition.** On the other hand, the people of Palestinian Susiya, assisted by “Rabbis for Human Rights” and other bodies accompanying them, submitted to the Civil Administration’s Subcommittee for Planning and Licensing a comprehensive master plan for the locality. As we reported extensively, about six months ago this subcommittee rejected the plan submitted by the people of Palestinian Susiya, using arguments taken straight from the Colonial vocabulary.***

One recent development (from January 2014) is the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the petition submitted by Susiya settlers and “Regavim”. This decision means that the demolition orders hanging over dozens of constructions in Palestinian Susiya are still valid and the Civil Administration can implement them at will, but the Supreme Court chose not to interfere with the Civil Administration’s considerations and not to instruct it when to implement these orders. Another recent development, from about two weeks ago, is a new petition submitted to the Supreme Court by the Palestinian residents of Susiya and their representatives from “Rabbis for Human Rights”, against the rejection of the comprehensive master plan they submitted to the Civil Administration.

To conclude, it should be noted and emphasized that the Supreme Court in its current composition is characterized by feebleness, lack of moral backbone, and reluctance to keep even minimal codes of justice that would have obliged it to directly confront the military establishment, the Israeli government and the aggressive pro-settlers occupation policy it is leading. This state of affairs leaves but a small space for legal moves such as the ones performed by the lawyers of “Rabbis for Human Rights” for the Palestinians of Susiya.

More than ever it seems that the Administration’s short-run abstention from mass demolitions in Palestinian Susiya should not be attributed to the Supreme Court but to activists in Israel and abroad, whose hearts are in the right place. The efforts these activists invest, especially with diplomatic circles, diminishes for now the motivation of Civil Administration commanders to implement the demolitions and iniquities in Susiya in the name of the Israeli occupation rule.

 Ehud and Erella on behalf of the Villages Group




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  • nedhamson  On March 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson Second Line View of the News and commented:
    But we may read any day that the demolitions have taken place and people thrown out of their homes

  • chrisrushlau  On March 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Your mention of engaging Israeli diplomats reminds me of trying to contract the Israeli consulate in Miami to get them to send a representative or designee to address the annual convention of Veterans for Peace which was meeting in Miami that year (two years ago, I think it was). It was like a Woody Allen movie, a dark one, like that one on Cape Cod, with nary a laugh in it. Kafka, yes, now you’re talking. I finally wandered across a law firm in Miami mentioned on the consulate’s website for Israeli travelers who get in trouble in Miami. The non-lawyer I chatted with may have put me in touch with a lawyer there or just consulted with her for me, over a couple of chats on line and perhaps a phone call or two. I finally got word back from them that apparently the consulate didn’t want to talk to me. You might experiment with this on your own. Go to the website, find phone numbers, and see if you can get someone to pick up the phone.
    The question is, did someone there evaluate my request and decide Israel had nothing to say to this convention, or did someone there decide I was not a life in being, as the old legal language might put it? I’m sure a prima facie examination, another term I learned in law school, would consider both these aspects of a claim of jurisdiction, a right to be heard.
    What I think is happening is that Israel as a corporate personality doesn’t trust its citizens or officials to use their own judgment to deal with people, but substitutes all kinds of technological means to determine access. Cybernetics is the science of controls. Who controls the cybernetics? It would seem to be an approach that caters to the paranoid, erring on the side of non-consultation, eventuating in self-isolation and then destruction, on the rule that strong points on a battlefield, if I may use that metaphor, are wisely bypassed, cut off, and eliminated at leisure, as opposed to being adopted as a means for large numbers of attacking troops to sacrifice their lives for their country (to paraphrase Patton: let the other fellow lay down his life for his country).
    Why do you ever quit caring what people think? It’s when you already know what they will say. When does that happen? It’s a symptom of grief, which is a “fog”, said Goethe. You’re so agitated, your imagination is in hyper-drive, mangling everything that goes into it, to paraphrase Frank and Ernest, the cartoon strip, about the guy who had a mind like a steel trap. That mangling of analysis of what’s going on is a fog.

  • Daphna Ezrachi  On March 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    שלום רב, תודה רבה על העדכונים הקבועים. העבודה שלכם ממש חשובה ואני מעריכה את המאמצים שלכם להביא צדק ובטחון לתושבי דרום הר חברון. רציתי לשאול לגבי הסוגיה המשפטית- האם יש משהו שניתן לעשות שילחץ על בית המשפט? כמו הפגנה ביום הדיון או להביא בפניהם עצומה?

    תודה רבה, דפי

    On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM, The Villages Group: Cooperation

  • Madelaine Davidson Lees  On March 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Can we start a petition against the demolitions on Change or Avaaz? These organisations have been successful in other cases and countries were all else has failed, because they tap into a global population. I will help if needed.

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