Israeli Forces Demolish Emergency Coronavirus Clinic for Palestinians

Israeli forces entered the Palestinian village of Khirbet Ibziq to confiscate materials designated to build a clinic to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: File)

Israeli forces on Thursday entered a Palestinian village in the northern Jordan Valley to confiscate materials designated to build a clinic to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Officials from the Israeli Civil Administration came to the village of Khirbet Ibziq with a military escort, bulldozer and two trucks equipped with cranes on Thursday morning to demolish community clinic and emergency housing, according to Israeli human rights monitor Btselem.

The group reported that Israeli officials seized poles and sheeting designated to form eight tents, two for a field clinic, two for a mosque, and four for emergency housing for people evacuated from their homes.

A power generator, as well as supplies of sand, cement and cinder blocks to be used for the floor of the tents, were also confiscated.

Btselem said the villagers were building a first-aid community initiative to deal with the Covid-19 crisis which has paralyzed large parts of the southern West Bank. There are 91 confirmed cases so far in the Palestinian territories, with one death reported on Wednesday.

The Jordan Valley covers an area of about 1.6 million dunams (1,600 km2) and constitutes around 30 percent of the total occupied West Bank. According to a previous government report, the Valley includes about 280,000 dunams of arable land, 50,000 of which are still used by Palestinians and 27,000 by illegal Jewish settlers.

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Posted by The Palestine Chronicle on Thursday, March 26, 2020

The majority of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control, despite being within the West Bank. Meanwhile, at least 44 percent of the total land in the Jordan Valley has been reappropriated by Israeli forces for military purposes and training exercises.

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  2. How debased can a racist apartheid occupation get? Let the occupation eat dirt. Let them starve in the glamourized ghettos they squat in. For their end will come.

  3. I campaign against the brutality of the Israeli forces. I campaign to promote those UN resolutions which declare the occupations of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights illegal, and that the transfer of the Israeli population into those regions is a war crime according to the articles of the Geneva convention. I campaign hard to get the Labour Party into power in the UK because they will actively support and promote the Palestinian cause. The determination to conflate anti semitism with anti zionism is beginning to split the Jewish community and alienate public attitudes. It may take a long time to achieve but things will change.

    • I agree. The Palestinians must not be sacrificed in order to appease a few Jewish MPs. There is a fine line between anti semitism which is wrong and support for Palestine which must be increased.

    • To establish the UK arm of the Palestine Justice campaign you first need to find a way to oust the blue-bloods who’ve just re-taken our Labour party 🙁

  4. Is there anything to which the Zionists won’t stoop to do to the indigenous population that lived there. One would think acts like thsee would be counterproductive to the wellbeing and future of Jewish people, but again and again they show their true malfeasance in almost everything they do to their hapless captives. It defie’s all humane and logical reason, begging for divine &
    just retribution.

  5. Isaiah 5:1-7 – God and his vineyard – plants grapevines, builds a wall and tower, vineyard produces wild useless fruit, God destroys vines, smashes walls and tower to rubble. vs 7…. the vineyard is the house of Israel.

  6. According to my Israeli friend who is Jewish he says this is propaganda and a lie, Jews don’t murder innocent people. With that said,I am tired of Trump using the COVID19 as a weapon of mass destruction. Trump refuses to allow the flow of life saving equipment and drugs in the West Bank,Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and currently Puerto Rico which is a Commonwealth of the United States. Trump is selling medical supplies to the highest bidders through shell corporations he owns and has interests in. All of this is an act of Genocide against humanity, Trump must be arrested as a war criminal and Genocidal maniac.

  7. Business friends I have known have gone to Israel and returned loathing the community there and horrified by their treatment of Palestinians. I also know a union rep who travelled to Palestine and after staying for a week came back traumatised. She has since devoted all her spare time to creating jewlery to sell in support of the Palestineans. My friends are decent people not propergandist and i support their truth.

  8. Karma can be a bitch… I wouldn’t want to be a zionist, just for that reason.

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