Ethnic cleansing after the guns fell silent, March 1949: The eviction of the residents of the village of Iraq al-Manshiyya, population 2,000, which had been within the borders of the Arab state defined by the 1947 UN Partition Plan of Palestine. This action took place weeks after Israel and Egypt signed their armistice agreement in Rhodes, Greece, under the auspices of the UN, setting the armistice line such that Iraq al-Manshiyya was on the Israeli side. The residents of the village were transferred to what would become known as the Gaza Strip. In 1954, Israel founded the development town of Kiryat Gat that included the site and adjacent agricultural fields of the erased Arab village, totaling some 1,350 hectares of land.

Haaretz: Israel Systematically Hiding Evidence of the Nakba

In an article published in its weekend magazine section on Friday, July 5, the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz revealed that since the start of the last decade, Defense Ministry teams have been scouring archives throughout Israel and removing “sensitive” historic documents. However, among the documents being transferred to secret vaults are not just papers relating…

UN Officials Call for Immediate Halt to East Jerusalem Demolitions

The Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in the Occupied Palestinian territories (OCHA), Jamie McGoldrick, called on Friday, May 3, for an immediate halt to the Israeli authorities’ destruction of Palestinian-owned property in occupied East Jerusalem. “Demolitions in East Jerusalem have increased at a staggering pace over the last month, leaving tens of Palestinians displaced…

Demonstrators march in occupied East Jerusalem to protest the eviction of the Palestinian Sabbagh family from its home in Sheikh Jarrah.

Development Agencies to Israel: Transfer Violates International Law

The Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), a coalition consisting of more than 80 international organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory, has said that the transfer of a population, whether by force or not, violates international law, including the international humanitarian law. AIDA’s remark was in reaction to Israeli government plans to evict the…