demolishes Bedouin village
Forty-five Bedoiun villages are not
by Israeli authorities [Gallo/Getty
authorities have demolished the homes of about 300
Bedouins in a village in the southern Negev desert. The
entire village of al-Arakib was bulldozed on Tuesday,
with many of the former residents' cattle, trees and
Al-Arakib, which had about 40 homes, is one of 45
Bedouin villages not recognised by Israeli authorities.Haia
Noach, director of the Negev Co-existence Forum, was
present at al-Arakib during the demolition and said that
at least five Israeli bulldozers arrived around
them about three or four hours to destroy all the houses,"
she said, describing the scene as "appalling." Scuffles
erupted as the villagers and around 150 rights activists
tried to stop the police from carrying out the
demolitions, with several people wounded and a handful
arrested, activists said. Speaking from a town near
Beersheba, Noach said that many of the residents had
moved to a nearby graveyard to find shade.
spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed the early-morning
operation, saying the homes had been "illegally built"
and were destroyed in line with a court ruling issued 11
years ago which was never implemented. "Around 30 shacks
were removed and several hundred people were taken back
to the Rahat area where they originally came from," he
said, referring to a nearby Bedouin town in Israel's
arid south. He said three people had been detained for
questioning but were later released without charge.
Noach said Israeli authorities had first given residents
of al-Arakib a notice to evacaute on June 15, but that
no action had followed, so the residents began to doubt
that the demolition would occur. But this morning,
Israeli police arrived and forced residents to leave
their homes within minutes, Noach said.
The demolition team destroyed water tanks and removed
generators. "It's like a declaration of war. They don't
want you here," Noach said. "It's unthinkable." The
residents are now waiting for aid and will probably set
up makeshift tents and facilities on the scene, Noach
said. According to the
Co-existence Forum,around half of the 155,000
Bedouins in the Negev - all of whom are Israeli citizens
- live in villages that are unrecognised by the
government, without municipal services like water and
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