Defense Ministry demolishes Bedouin kindergarten, community center in West Bank

Personnel from the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration demolish two communal structures in the Bedouin village of Jaba al-Baba located between Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

One of the structures had been functioning as a kindergarten for 28 children living in the village and the other had been a community center hosting activities for women in the community, the B’tselem rights group says.

The two structures were built with the financial support of the European Union.

This is the second kindergarten demolished this year by the Civil Administration, the Israeli agency that authorizes construction in the West Bank.

Jaba al-Baba is located in what is known as the E-1 zone. Palestinians claim that Israeli construction there is detrimental to prospects for peace as it cuts off East Jerusalem from its surroundings and effectively bifurcates the West Bank.

Palestinians face dozens of home demolitions each year in the E1 zone due to what they argue is Israel’s refusal to grant them building permits there.

— Jacob Magid