Israel Demolishes Al-Arakib Village For 203rd Time

On Monday morning, Israeli soldiers invaded the al-Arakib Bedouin village in the Negev and demolished it for the 203rd time.

Several Israeli police and military vehicles invaded the village and demolished its dwellings and barns, displacing twenty-two families and their livestock.

Al-Araqib is a Palestinian village located to the north of the city of Beersheba in the Negev desert (southern Palestine). It was established for the first time during Ottoman rule. It is one of the 51 Arab villages in the Negev that the Israeli government does not recognize.

And the occupation authorities have worked since 1951 to expel its residents with the aim of controlling their lands, through extensive house demolitions, to control the vast lands that are equivalent to two-thirds of historic Palestine.

The village was completely demolished by Israeli bulldozers on July 27, 2010; Israeli troops demolished all its homes and displaced hundreds of its residents, under the pretext of building without a permit.

The residents of the village built it again, to be demolished, again and again, the most recent demolition being the 188th one that happened today. The tents that the villagers had set up were demolished, instead of the houses that were demolished in the past times.

The steadfastness of Al-Araqib became a symbol of the battle of wills waged by the Palestinians of the occupied interior, especially in the Negev, in order to survive and preserve land and identity from the policies of Judaization.

About 240,000 Palestinians live in the Negev desert, half of whom live in villages and Bedouin camps, some of which have been in place for hundreds of years.

The Israeli occupation authorities do not recognize their ownership of the lands of these villages and communities, refuse to provide them with basic services such as water and electricity, and try by all means and methods to push the Palestinian Arabs to despair and frustration to uproot and displace them.

Article 17 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in section 1: Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others, and in section 2: No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

(Source / 27.06.2022)

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