UAWC organizes a field visit to the northern Jordan Valley
On Wednesday, UAWC organized a field tour in the northern Jordan Valley for Palestinian human rights organizations and local media representatives. The objective of this tour was to inform participants of Israeli violations committed against residing communities in the area, thereby raise participants’ awareness of the escalating attacks in the Jordan Valley. As such, this area would become a priority area in the work of the participating institutions according to their specialization, as Israeli forces intend to annex the Palestinian Jordan Valley and displace its residents. The tour included visits to the areas of Makhoul, Ain al-Hilweh, Al-Farsyeh and al-Maleh to meet with the residents. The locals notified participating groups of the daily violations committed by settlers who continuously assault them and their properties, as well as the incessant evictions required for Israeli military training. Human rights’ activists recorded a total of 170 violations carried out in the Jorden valley by the Israeli forces and settlers between April and December of last year. Violations included demolitions of residential and agricultural facilities, evictions of residents, expropriation and confiscation of lands, of which 15 dunums were confiscated, through a military order, in Ras al- Passed in order to build a road for a settlement. According to activists, 40% of the violations were carried out by the Israeli forces, 20% by settlers, and 18% by the civil administration. It should be noted that UAWC regards the Jordan Valley as a priority in its work, as it is the most targeted area by Israeli military violations. Furthermore, seeing as water scarcity is of main concern for farmers residing in the Jordan Valley, UAWC has implemented various agricultural projects in the region. For instance, projects were implemented to irrigate thousands of dunums that were previously solely dependent on rainfed agriculture, as well as to provide farmers with irrigation systems in order to alleviate problems of water shortages, which a daily struggle for farmers in the Jordan Valley.