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JORDAN VALLEY: ISRAEL DEMOLISHES PALESTINIAN HOMES

The demolition by the Israeli military of Palestinian homes and structures continues in the silence of the international media in the Jordan Valley. According to the Palestinian Maan news agency, According to save the Jordan Valley campaign coordinator Fathi Ikhdeirat, Israel began razing housing units today in the Ein Hilwa area of the northern Jordan Valley. Israeli authorities, accompanied by border guards, began tearing down structures and handing down stop-work orders to residents. The orders, known locally as "demolition orders", demand that homeowners appear before a magistrates court to defend allegations. Because legal action at the court rarely succeeds, the stop-work orders essentially constitute a demolition order. Based on a recent UN report cited by Maan, almost a hundred structures in the Jordan Valley were demolished two weeks ago, and 17 others were demolished in other areas of the West Bank the week after.

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