BEDOUIN VILLAGE OF AL-ARAQIB DEMOLISHED FOR THE 142ND TIME BY ISRAEL

On Thursday April 4th Israel’s regime destroyed the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev for 142nd time, demolishing structures and tents on the site.

Israel has refused to recognize the village and its inhabitants right to the land, which they have owned since the Ottoman times. The local cemetery on village land was built in 1914. Israel has forbidden the villagers from living officially on the site since 1951, when the population was around 400.

Local leaders have been imprisoned and villagers fined for their steadfastness which sees them rebuild basic residential shelters on the site before they are again destroyed by Israeli forces.

The demolitions take place sometimes each month, sometimes every second month and they have gone on with this regularity since July 27th 2010. Agricultural fields belonging to the villagers started to be destroyed by Israel in 2000. The previous time the village was demolished was on February 7th.

The village of al-Araqib is one of 34-35 unrecognized villages which Israeli regime intends to destroy, forcing the inhabitants to move segregated townships which lack services and jobs – and voting sites in the coming Knesset elections.

(Source / 06.04.2019) 

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