The ethnic cleansing of Masafer Yatta is well under way. Israeli military and settlers are demolishing homes at increasing speed – and they want the world ignore it!
That’s why yesterday, June 13, 2022, the Israeli military delivered the final demolition order for the center run by Youth of Sumud, in the village of At-Tuwani, Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills.
The Arabic word ‘sumud’ means steadfastness and Youthth of Sumud peacefully resist Israeli apartheid by helping indigenous Palestinians retain their lands and livelihoods and mobilizing global support.
Their center is where local organizing takes place and international activists are hosted.
The aim of this further demolition is clear: to repress popular action in Masafer Yatta and hide the ethnic cleansing in front of the world.
Youth of Sumud (YOS) will continue to resist on the ground and we call on you to connect with YOS and the people in Masafer Yatta, amplify their voices and build pressure on Israel to stop the ethnic cleaning of Masafer Yatta Now!
Let’s stop the destruction of Youth of Sumud Center and the ethnic cleansing of the people.
Masafar Yatta, south of Hebron, is composed of 20 Palestinian villages. Palestinians have been living and herding their livestock there since generations. On May 4, Israeli courts gave the green light for the demolition of 8 of these villages (hamlets), home to some 1300 people. Israel can now advance the ethnic cleansing of the area, annex it and further colonize it with illegal settlements.
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Demolitions have already started and, if this continues, it would be the largest expulsions carried out by Israel since the occupation of the West Bank in 1967.
Removals of Palestinians, or ethnic cleansing such as in Masafer Yatta, are a core element of Israel’s regime of apartheid.