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06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics


23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo


15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014


29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

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House demolitions, forced displacement, denial of residency rights

Page last updated 28 Oct 2015


Since 1967 Israel has demolished more than 28,000 Palestinian homes, businesses, livestock facilities and other structures vital to Palestinian life and livelihood in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. These demolitions are one tool in a large range of efforts used by the Israeli government to exert their power over the Palestinians and to strengthen further the ‘Jewish State’. Other administrative strategies include the denial of Palestinian building permits, denial of Palestinian residential permits, land expropriation, zoning restrictions and settlement expansion.

And, although it is not part of the regime of occupation, a similar process of forced displacement is affecting Palestinian citizens of Israel, particularly as part of the Judaisation of the Galilee and, in the last few years, the Naqab/Negev.

Fourth Geneva Convention

Article 49 states: ‘Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.’ In addition, ‘The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.’

Article 53 states:‘Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.


1. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

“ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territory…As a direct-action group, ICAHD is comprised of Israeli peace and human rights activists. All of our work in the Occupied Territories is closely coordinated with local Palestinian organizations.”


2. History of Forced Displacement of Palestinians
BADIL – Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Jan 2010

This article by BADIL outlines the events leading from the beginning of the 20th century to 2009 which have created the current situation.


3. Forced Displacement in Palestine and Israel
The American Friends Service Committee, July 2013

This report by the AFSC answers some key questions and covers important aspects relating to the forced displacement of Palestinians, namely:

* When did the forced displacement of Palestinians start?
* What is the legal status of the occupied Palestinian territory?
* What is the leading trigger for forced displacement in the occupied Palestinian territory?
* Punitive demolitions
* Administrative demolitions
* Military/land clearing demolitions
* Are home demolitions the only cause of forced displacement?
* Is forced displacement limited to the occupied Palestinian territory?
* Are corporations complicit in Israel’s forced displacement policy?
* What can you do?


4. Displacement and Dispossession
Ranjan Solomon, Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum, May 2012

This dossier prepared as a resource for use during the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel is a very good collection of links to reports, reviews and articles on forced displacement and residency rights.


Contents of this section


a) Maps of the occupation
b) Occupation and the Fourth Geneva Convention

Israel’s human rights violations – an introduction
Settlement building and land issues
Restrictions on movement
House demolitions, forced displacement, denial of residency rights
The Wall
The Green Line
The economics of the occupation

c) Gaza under occupation
d) Living under occupation

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