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Israeli occupation forces on 20 May 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli occupation forces on 20 May 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Civil Administration yesterday handed over evacuation orders to the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem's eastern occupied Bedouin village of Jabal Al-Baba.

The representative of the Jabal Al-Baba Bedouin community, Atallah Mazara'a, told Quds Press that a team from the occupation's civil administration, along with some Israeli army personnel, stormed the village today's afternoon and ordered its residents to leave their homes.

This is part of Israel's plan to Judaise the area, Mazara'a noted. "We totally reject the evacuation decision," he stressed.

The occupied Bedouin community of Jabal Al-Baba consists of 100 buildings, 58 of which are houses, while the rest are facilities that are used for animal husbandries.

Mazara'a noted that the community will "immediate" legal action against what he described as "a catastrophic decision", adding that they will present documents that prove the land belongs to Palestinians.

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The occupation's "harsh" campaign, the Palestinian official pointed out, also includes demolishing homes, displacing families and depriving students from their education.

Jabal Al-Baba is one of the 18 Palestinian Bedouin communities located within the area which Israeli authorities have allocated for the so-called E1 project. Israel plans to relocate all the Palestinian communities in the E1 area in order to pave the way for building a large new settlement that is expected to divide the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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