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Israeli forces demolish Bedouin village Al Arakib for the 101st time

2 Comments 27 July 2016

This morning, on the anniversary of the first and largest full demolition of Al Arakib in 2010, government forces demolished the Bedouin village once again, for 101st time. The forces then continued south, and we are waiting to hear what else they demolished.

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In parallel to the demolition, the heavy engineering machinery of the JNF — which was brought in to work on land claimed by residents of Al Arakib — left the village. The High Court has ordered the District Court to hear and discuss the land claims of the Bedouin. Although the context are these legal proceeding that are not yet concluded, the JNF nevertheless entered and worked the area, leaving yesterday (July 26 2016).  We do know that the District head for the Israel Land’s Authority informed the residents that the current work is in preparation for planting in the fall, despite the fact that legal discussions have not yet ended. The goal is that rather than have a village here, there will be forest with a silent cemetery at its heart, testifying that as far back as the early 20th century, there had been a vibrant village living in this place. Please contact the KKL/JNF in your country, and the Israel Lands Authority with the demand, “Stop destroying Bedouin village.”

JNF heavy machinery leaving Al Arakib on July 26 2016

JNF heavy machinery leaving Al Arakib on July 26 2016

Background: Al Arakib is an unrecognized Bedouin village that was evacuated in 1951 by the demand of the military governor. At the time, the evacuation was said to be “temporary.” The residents were transferred to the reservation known as Siyaj (a triangle made up by cities Dimona, Arad, Beersheba). The Bedouin residents decided to return to their ancestral territory when they saw that promise to return them was not being fullfilled. The situation became more heated when the Jewish National Fund planned to plant a forest where the village was.

Legal discussions and rulings on the ownership of the land have been long and complicated, and based on a legal doctrine which does not recognize the traditional Bedouin land ownership system. This is despite the fact that the Ottomans, British and early pre-state Zionists did in fact recognise Bedouin claims to land based on this traditional system, and the Zionist movement even bought land from them based on that system.

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  1. ann/stan sprayregen/sperber says:

    So much for the “only democracy in the Middle East… a government of law and morality” Israel tries to delude itself and tries to sell that myth to the world that Arabs are not second class citizens and that they should willingly be “loyal” to the state that oppresses them. Israelis have learned absolutely nothing from the history of their people but instead have identified with their oppressors.

  2. ann/stan sprayregen/sperber says:

    So much for the “only democracy in the Middle East… a government of law and morality” Israel tries to delude itself and tries to sell that myth to the world that Arabs are not second class citizens and that they should willingly be “loyal” to the state that oppresses them. Israelis have learned absolutely nothing from the history of their people but instead have identified with their oppressors.


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