Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin
On January 18 2017, the Israeli government attempted to begin erasing the entire Bedouin Israeli village of Umm al Hiran in order to build a Jewish community on the rubble. The attempt had disastrous results for both Arabs and Jews, of which the details are still unclear. Rabbis for Human Rights mourns these painful killings, wishes a speedy recovery to the injured, and calls for a commission to investigate fully the events of this morning. We also call on the government to seek a resolution that is just and acceptable to the residents of Umm al-Hiran regarding the future of their village.
Many have sought to draw a basis of comparison between the evacuation of Umm al Hiran to the evacuation of Amona, a Jewish Israeli outpost in the occupied territories. Is this comparison appropriate?