Israel Seizes Bedouin Man's Toilet in West Bank After Deeming It Illegal

The portable bathroom, which was installed for the use of a handicapped man, violated an order against illegal construction by settlers, the Civil Administration said.

Chaim Levinson
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The Civil Administration last week confiscated a portable toilet that was serving a handicapped person in a Bedouin village in the West Bank, claiming that it violated the order forbidding the movement of mobile structures without a permit.

The incident occurred in Um al-Kheir in the South Hebron Hills, which is near the settlement of Carmel. Last month, one of the village residents decided to set up a toilet for his brother, who had suffered head trauma and until now has been urinating and defecating in a nearby stream bed. The man dug a cesspit and placed a tin structure with a toilet on top of it. The structure was donated by ACF International, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency food, water and sanitation aid.

Last Monday, officers from the Civil Administration, accompanied by armed soldiers, arrived at the scene to confiscate the structure. The grounds for confiscation were not illegal construction, but the fact that the mobile structure had been brought to the site without a permit from the Civil Administration. This is an order issued in 2007 to battle illegal construction in settlement outposts that was based on the moving of mobile homes from place to place.

Um al-Kheir residents claimed it had not been transported but was erected directly on the site, but the officers nonetheless removed it.

The Civil Administration had no immediate comment.

Troops seizing a Bedouin man's portable toilet in West Bank.Credit: Screenshot

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