[News] Israel razes Negev village for the third time - Bedouin start to rebuild
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Tue Aug 10 11:01:47 EDT 2010
Israel razes Negev village again
By Ayse Alibeyoglu
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Israeli authorities have reportedly used "unnecessary force" to
demolish the homes of Bedouins in a village in the southern Negev
desert, according to a witness.
<http://josephdana.com/>Joseph Dana,a writer and filmmaker living in
Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera the village of al-Arakib was bulldozed in
the early hours of Tuesday morning - for the third time in three weeks.
"We were jolted from our sleep at about 05:00am (0200 GMT) by roughly
100 to 200 border police officers in full combat and crowd dispersal equipment.
"The police quickly rounded up the 30 or so activists away from the
temporary village structure which was rebuilt in the past few days.
Unnecessary force was used to control the activists and several minor
injuries were reported," Dana told Al Jazeera.
Al-Arakib, which had about 40 homes and 300 residents, is one of 45
Bedouin villages not recognised by Israeli authorities.
in late Julyby the Israel Land Administration, briefly rebuilt with
destroyed againlast week.
An Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Talab el-Sana, had barricaded
himself inside al-Arakib at one point last week before it was
Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth
"While the police were dealing with the activists, bulldozers
destroyed all of the village structures. Most building material was
then removed from the scene in order to ensure the highest degree of
difficulty in rebuilding the village," he added.
"The destruction of the village lasted approximately one hour and
during its course, one Israeli activist was arrested after being
brutally thrown to the ground."
According to Dana, two Palestinians and one Israeli activist were
also arrested in the area around al-Arakib "on Monday night".
"One simply cannot imagine the scene when 200 armed combat police
officers descend on a village in the desert at 05:00am (0200 GMT),
while a construction crew systemically demolishes every structure
leaving the residents literally in the open desert air with nothing.
"There was little to no thought or remorse on the faces of the police
officers while the village residents and their supporters were left
"As soon as the police and construction crews left the village,
residents began to rebuild all the structures that were demolished
with the assistance of Israeli and international supporters."
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