Palestinians in Masafer Yatta face forcible transfer

In May a decades-long legal battle ended with the Israeli Supreme Court ruling that Palestinians living in an area in the south Hebron Hills in the Occupied West Bank could be forcibly expelled from their homes to make way for an Israeli firing zone. The ruling affects some 1200 Palestinians living in the Masafer Yatta region and paves the way for what could be the biggest mass expulsion of Palestinians since the Six Day War in 1967. Roy Yellin, director of public outreach for the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, discusses the ruling, its legality and significance, the history of the 22-year legal case Palestinian residents brought against the Israeli Defense Forces, and the resistance to displacement Palestiians living in the area are putting up. Later in the program Beth Miller, political director of JVP Action, the political and advocacy arm of Jewish Voice for Peace, discuses the unusual amount of support Palestinians in Masafer Yatta are receiving in Congress. Some 83 Democratic legislators have written U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to urge U.S. action against Israel’s eviction of 1000 families in Masafer Yatta. The law-makers say the evictions violate international law and could spark violence.


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