EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 15/103/97
15 December 1997
Further information on EXTRA 138/97 (MDE 15/91/97, 17 October 1997) and
follow-up (MDE/15/93/97, 27 October) - Fear of imminent house destruction
ISRAEL/OCCUPIED TERRITORIESAt least 40 persons, including elderly persons and
children, living in four houses in Asira
al-Shamaliya in the northern West Bank
On 14 December 1997 about 200 members of the Israeli security forces sealed
off the village of Asira al-Shamaliya before demolishing the homes of Yousef
Shawli and Tawfiq Yassin. The homes of Mo’awiya Jarara and Bashar Sawalha were
sealed with concrete blocks.
On 9 December the Israeli High Court rejected an appeal from the four Asira
al-Shamaliya families to stop the demolitions. The families’ lawyer submitted
a copy of Amnesty International’s Urgent Action with her appeal application.
The demolitions and the sealings amount to collective punishment for the people
living in these houses. These people include children and elderly persons
over 60 years old.
This urgent action is ending. Thank you to all those who sent appeals. Those
participants who wish to send letters or faxes about the demolition/sealing
described above may do so:
- expressing concern at this collective punishment of people, including elderly
and children, who have not been found guilty of committing any offence;
- urging that the Israeli government fully respect Articles 33 and 53 of the
Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, as well as the relevant provisions of
international human rights standards.
General Yitzhak Mordechai
Minister of Defence
Ministry of Defence
7 ‘A’ Street, Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel
Faxes: + 972 3 697 6218
Salutation: Dear Minister
Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
Faxes: + 972 2 5811072
and to diplomatic representatives of Israel accredited to your country.