December 21, 2010
Israeli authorities have given the people of the east Nablus village of Tana 24 hours to evacuate their homes before demolishing them, and threatened to confiscate their livestock when the deadline falls, sources in Nablus said.
Tana is home to more than 35 Palestinian families. They have decided to resist decisions to demolish their homes and eject them from them, calling on officials to stand by them in the face of the arbitrary ruling.
The village's population has been residing there since the 1940's. They had prior to that dwelt in caves in the rock village before they began building to house themselves and their livestock, their key source of livelihood.
The village sits seven kilometers away from Beit Fourik. Villagers have fallen victim to Jewish settlers from time to time.
Since developing the village, residents have been ordered to stop building under threat of demolitions. The structures there have been taken down on several occasions, the last of which was about ten days ago, when 12 homes, a school, and several were wiped out.
The Beit Fourik municipality leveled the entire village last month for allegedly being erected on the West Bank's Area C, a region placed under Israeli security control after the Oslo Accords.
The village has a land area of about 250 acres and is located near the Jewish settlement of Mahura, which was founded in 1969. Israel has siezed more than 2,500 acres of the land surrounding Beit Fourik for the interest of settlers there.