British Parliamentarians dismayed at Israel's demolitions of Palestinian homes in Jabal al-Baba

Posted by Caabu on 17 May 2016

On Monday 16 February, Israeli authorities began demolishing Palestinian homes in the Bedouin community of Jabal al-Baba. 90 Palestinians (mostly children) were made homeless after the demolitions. According to reports, 12 caravans were demolished under the pretext that they had no building permission. The homes were donated by the European Union after previous demolitions in Jabal al-Baba. According to the UN, there have been 591 Palestinian structures demolished, displacing 808 people as a result, up until 9 May. More details about the demolitions and the communities affected can be found here

In 2016, two Caabu and Medical Aid for Palestinians delegations have visited Jabal al-Baba - in February 2016 and in April 2016. Parliamentarians spent an evening with the community on both ocasions. You can see their responses to the demolitions below.

Wes Streeting (Labour MP for Ilford North - visited in February 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst (Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood - visited in April 2016)

Richard Burden (Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield - visited in April 2016)

Lord Stewart Wood (Labour Peer - visited in February 2016)

Andy McDonald (Labour MP for Middlesborough - visited in February 2016)

Richard Burgon (Labour MP for East Leeds - visited in February 2016)

Some of the photos are courtesy of Johanna Svanelind, an accompanier for the Quakers' EAPPI programme in Jerusalem, who was at Jabal al-Baba.

Despite the demolitions, the planned performances in a makeshift theatre in Jabal al-Baba are still taking place.