For 206th time, ‘Israel’ demolishes Al-Araqib Bedouin village

Al-Araqib (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces demolished on Wednesday Al-Araqib Bedouin village in the Al-Naqab Desert in the 1948-occupied Palestine for the 206th time.

On Wednesday morning, local sources reported, Israeli occupation forces raided the village, which is rebuilt by its residents after each time it has been demolished, and removed all the tents and destroyed the tin shelters placed on the land by the residents to provide a roof over their heads in the cold or hot weather, leaving them homeless.

Translation: Israeli occupation raids the village of Al-Araqib in Al-Naqab

“Unrecognized by Israeli occupation”

Al-Araqib was demolished for the first time in 2000. Wednesday’s demolition was the 206th so far and the tenth since the start of 2022.

The last time Israeli occupation destroyed the village was on August 16, 2022.

In 2021 alone, Israeli occupation forces destroyed the village 14 times.

‘Israel’ does not “recognise” the village, but its residents point out that they own the land and have done, since the Ottoman period, decades before ‘Israel’ was created in occupied Palestine.

Despite the repeated demolitions, every time the residents of Al-Araqib rebuild their tents and small homes. However, the occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month.

Al-Araqib village, where 22 Palestinian families live in, is one of 35 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area, and is constantly targeted for demolition by Israeli bulldozers, for which Bedouins are then charged.

Recently, the Al-Naqab Desert villages have been under the Israeli threat of demolition and bulldozing works.

In January 2022, for over three days, hundreds of peaceful Palestinians took part in large demonstrations in several villages of the Al-Naqab against Israel’s demolition and bulldozing works in their lands.

The Higher Follow Up Committee of Arabs in the Naqab, a local umbrella body that represents Palestinians in the area, had also announced a general strike in response to the Israeli demolitions.

“We took the decision to undertake proactive measures, beginning with adopting a cumulative resistance programme over a period of six months that will lead to a regional general strike and a massive demonstration outside the prime minister’s office, and the internationalisation of the issue to expose the racist practices [of Israeli authorities] before international institutions,” the committee said in a statement.

The general strike was announced in villages facing the threat of Israeli demolition including al-Atrash, al-Sawa, al-Zarnouq, al-Ruwais, Beir Haddaj and Khirbet Watan.

However, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Palestinian villages in the Al-Naqab desert that time and started violently attacking and arresting the peaceful protesters who gathered to denounce the demolition work. They also fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs directly and intensively towards the non-violent protesters to disperse them.

This all started on January 9, when the Jewish National Fund (JNF) began several days of the so-called “planting trees” on disputed land in the Al-Naqab. For over three days, the Israeli bulldozers carried out demolitions on lands of local Bedouins used for cultivation. The forces closed off the villages and prevented the residents from entering their lands. Thus, the Palestinian residents moved their protests to the entrance of the villages.

During and following the protests, Israeli forces arrested over 140 Palestinians from the Al-Naqab, including minors.

The Israeli demolitions in al-Naqab are part of a controversial Israeli plan, led by the JNF, to plant trees across some 40,000 dunams (15 square miles) of the Naqab.

In December 2021, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in six villages: al-Mashash, al-Zarnouq, Bier al-Hamam, al-Ruwais, al-Gharaa, and Khirbet Watan, destroying crops and excavating soil.

The JNF and the Israel Land Authority (ILA) were planning to plant hundreds of trees on lands from the six Bedouin villages, which had all received demolition orders and faced the displacement of thousands of residents “in the name of developing the area.”

‘Israel’ has used the forestation projects as a tactic for land grabs and to prevent Palestinians from returning to lands from which they have been displaced.

The residents say that such policies are an attempt to pressure them into being internally displaced despite Bedouins having lived on or near these lands prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948.

There are almost 100,000 Palestinians live in 35 Bedouin villages in the Al-Naqab and are all unrecognized by the Israeli occupation government who views the Bedouin residents of these villages as illegal squatters and does not provide them with basic services or infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage systems, roads, schools or hospitals.

(Source / 08.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Palestinian Lands In Gaza

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers invaded Palestinian agricultural lands in the central and southern Gaza Strip and bulldozed them.

Media sources said eight military vehicles, including bulldozers, advanced dozens of meters into the agricultural lands east of Juhr ed-Deek, in the central Gaza Strip, and started bulldozing sections near the perimeter fence.

They added that the seven military vehicles also invaded agricultural lands near the fence, east of Abasan al-Jabidah town, southeast of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed sections near the fence.

The invasions came just a day after the Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian lands along the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip and attacked farmers near Khan Younis.

The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 08.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers abduct Two Palestinians Near Jerusalem

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians from their homes near occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem, searched homes, and abducted Walid al-A’raj.

The sources added that the soldiers also abducted Hamza Badwan from his home in Biddu town, northwest of Jerusalem.

During the invasions, the soldiers closed roads and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

Also, the soldiers invaded Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and abducted many Palestinians, including women, from their homes, leading to protests and exchanges of fire between the invading troops and Palestinian fighters.

In addition, the soldiers killed a Palestinian teenage boy near the main entrance of Beitin village, northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the soldiers killed Haitham Hani Mubarak, 17, from Abu Falah village, east of Ramallah, but lives with his family in Betunia town, west of Ramallah.

(Source / 08.09.2022)

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child Near Ramallah

Updated: On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian child near the main entrance of Beitin village, northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the soldiers killed Haitham Hani Mubarak, 17, from Abu Falah village, east of Ramallah, but lives with his family in Betunia town, west of Ramallah.

The Israeli army is still refusing to transfer Haitham’s corpse to his family.

Media sources said the soldiers shot the Palestinian near the Beit El military roadblock, near the entrance of Beitin, and closed the roadblock and the entire area around it.

Israeli Channel 7 News claimed the Palestinian attacked Israeli soldiers with a hammer before a soldier opened fire and killed him and added that the soldiers also found a knife the Palestinian allegedly carried.

Channel 7 added that one soldier sustained light facial wounds and received treatment at the scene.

The soldiers also stopped and searched dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In addition, the army pushed many military vehicles into the area and conducted extensive searches in lands near the northern entrance of the nearby Al-Biereh city and many surrounding areas.

Dozens of soldiers were later deployed in the area and started closing more streets and isolating junctions and many Palestinian communities.

(Source / 08.09.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli Settlers Set Up Tents As Nucleus Of An Outpost Near Hebron”

HEBRON, Thursday, September 8, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today set up tents on a tract of land in Birin village, southeast of Hebron city, according to a local municipal source.

Head of Birin Village Council, Farid Burqan, said that scores of settlers, under military protection, took over a tract of land belonging to the Burqan family in the southern West Bank village, erected several tents on it and hoisted Israeli flags and banners with anti-Palestinian hate slogans as a prelude to set up a new colonial settlement outpost.

The settlers came from the colonial settlements of Susiya, Kiryat Arba and Bani Haiver.

Burqan added that the soldiers took photos for several Palestinian-owned houses and agricultural structures in the area, while pointing that the settlers have been attempting to seize some 440 donums belonging to the villagers under the flimsy pretext of being classified as “state land”.

According to the Land Research Center, Israel has frequently issued military stop-construction and demolition orders against various residential and agricultural structures and dismantled barns in the locality, citing the lack of rarely issued construction permits as a pretext.

In December 2017, Israel delivered stop-construction orders to the locality’s sole clinic and building intended to serve as a primary school for the community’s 60 children

In June 2019, as showed in a PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department’s report, Israel seized 4,800 dunams of land from several localities, including Birin, for the expansion of Bani Haiver.

Located to the southwest of Bani Na‘im, Birin has a population of 160 and is flanked by Bani Haiver colonial settlement from the east and the settler-only bypass Road No. 60 from the west. Its residents were originally expelled from Naqab in southern Israel and now depend on agriculture and livestock as their main source of livelihood.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel’s nation-state law that passed last July stated that building and strengthening the settlements is a “national interest.”

(Source / 08.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Many Palestinians In Jenin

On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and abducted many Palestinians, including women, from their homes, leading to protests and exchanges of fire between the invading troops and Palestinian fighters.

Palestinian fighters exchanged fire with the invading soldiers in several parts of Jenin, especially in the Al-Hadaf neighborhood and Jenin refugee camp.

The Israeli army said one soldier was injured during the exchanges of fire with the Palestinian fighters and added that the army also detained several Palestinians.

Several Palestinian protesters also hurled Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs at the invading military vehicles.

According to the Israeli army, the abducted Palestinians are related to the young men reportedly responsible for a shooting targeting a bus filled with Israeli soldiers Sunday.

The abducted Palestinians are Abdul-Salam Ghawadra Turkman, his wife Inshirah, Ahmad Ghawadra and his mother, and Walid Ghawadra Turkman and his wife.

The army said five soldiers and the driver of the bus were injured in the shooting; The injuries of two soldiers were described as moderate (including the driver, who sustained a gunshot wound to the face), and the other four had injuries that were described by medical personnel as ‘mild.’

(Source / 08.09.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Seventeen Palestinians In Nablus

On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers injured at least seventeen Palestinians, including a journalist, in the eastern area of Nablus city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided treatment to seventeen Palestinians.

The PRCS stated that the soldiers shot four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused burns to the arm of another Palestinian.

It added that twelve wounded Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and received the needed treatment at the scene.

The incidents occurred when dozens of soldiers accompanied buses of illegal Israeli colonizers into the Joseph’s Tomb area, east of Nablus, leading to protests.

Palestinian resistance fighters also exchanged fire with the Israeli soldiers while withdrawing from Nablus.

Joseph the patriarch is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans alike. However, the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site being in Area A, where the PA has full control and prohibits Muslims from worshiping at the site.

The invasions constantly lead to protests, injuries and in several incidents, fatalities among the Palestinains.

Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews regularly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.

Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousif Dweikat, a local religious figure.

(Source / 08.09.2022)

Israeli Army Demolishes Three Livestock Farms Near Jerusalem

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers demolished three livestock farms on Palestinian lands near the main entrance of Anata town, northeast of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Taha Refa’ey, the mayor of Anata, said the soldiers demolished a barn for horses owned by a local farmer, Mahmoud Sheikh.

He added that the soldiers also demolished two barns with 700 livestock, including sheep and calves, owned by Najati Da’na.

Refa’ey stated that the Israeli army has been targeting the area, demolishing Palestinian structures, and preventing the Palestinians from benefiting from their lands.

The barn’s owner, Najati Da’na, told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that he had barns, a factory for frozen meat, and more than 700 sheep, chickens, and other livestock.

“The soldiers came and destroyed everything,” he added, “The demolished barns provided livelihoods for fifteen families… we are here to stay, and we will remain steadfast on our lands no matter what.”

(Source / 08.09.2022)