Sunday, 07 July 2013 19:50 Alternative Information Center (AIC)
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Thirty Israeli soldiers invaded the South Hebron Hills village of Jinba between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, ransacking homes while beating and detaining residents of this tiny village slated for demolition. The invasion of Jinba marked the beginning of three days of Israeli military and settler violence in the South Hebron Hills, violence which included military trainings, settler invasions and attacks and the arrest of Palestinian and Israeli activists.


Israeli soldiers ransacked Jinba homes in the middle of the night (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

Arriving in five military jeeps in the dead of the night, some thirty Israeli soldiers invaded the Palestinian village of Jinba, located in the so-called military Firing Zone 918. Operation Dove reports that the soldiers invaded from the nearby Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair and from the adjacent military base, together with two settlers who accused local Palestinians of having stolen one of their sheep. Soldiers broke into and ransacked several Palestinian homes, damaging metal doors and locks.


Metal doors destroyed and damaged by the invading Israeli soldiers (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)


Another home in Jinba ransacked by Israeli soldiers (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)


More property damage in Jinba by Israeli soldiers (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)


Another home in Jinba following Wednesday night's raid by the Israeli army (Photo: Operation Dove)

They threw stun grenades, one of which was tossed into a home and another which directly hit a man sleeping outside. During the raid four boys were beaten by soldiers with their guns. Three men were brought to and detained in the Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair for several hours. Mahmoud Isa Ibrahim Rabai was the last to be released, at 9:00 am. on Thursday morning.


Jinba residents (from left) Thaar Khaled Jabarin (16), Ahseen Nabil Jabarin (12), Odi Jabarin (21) and Sophian Rabai (15) with a spent stun grenade in Jinba (Photo: Operation Dove)


Spent stun grenade in Jinba (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

Jinba suffered from a similar military raid in August last year, during which Israeli soldiers threatened Jinba residents and urged them to leave their lands.

The Palestinian village of Jinba is located 5 kilometers from the Green Line and within what Israel has defined as a military training area, Firing Zone 918. On 22 July 2012, during a hearing at the Israeli High Court, then Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak announced Israel's intention to demolish eight villages within Firing Zone 918 and to forcibly move the 1,500 residents of this area to the nearby town of Yatta.



Jinba (Photo: Operation Dove)

Jinba is one of the eight villages slated for demolition.

This planned decimation of eight villages is but the latest in a long Israeli campaign targeting the South Hebron Hills area, which Israel wishes to ethnically cleanse in order to extend its settlement project throughout the entire area through to the Naqab (Negev) desert.

The Israeli army had already demolished the homes in Jinba in 1954, and then again in the 1980s. In November 1999 all the villages in the area, including Jinba, were evacuated and the people were deported northward via bypass road 317. A temporary court injunction allowed the forcibly displaced Palestinians to return home, but a final ruling on Firing Zone 918 has yet to be made.


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