[News] Israel Removes Dozens Of Bedouin Families In The Jordan Valley

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Tue Apr 30 11:43:10 EDT 2013

  Israel Removes Dozens Of Bedouin Families In The Jordan Valley

author Monday April 29, 2013 23:50author by IMEMC & Agencies

    The Al-Maleh and the Bedouin Tribes Village Council in the Jordan
    Valley reported that Israeli soldiers started, on Monday evening,
    the eviction of dozens of Bedouin families in the area in
    preparation to conduct military training.

The council said that the army distributed, two days ago, dozens of 
written military orders in Hammamat al-Maleh, Al-Meeta, Al-Borj, Um 
Aj-Jmal, Wadi Al-Fau, Khirbit Samra and Ar-Ras Al-Ahmar demanding the 
Bedouins to leave, and threatened to remove them by force and to 
confiscate their tents, property and livestock.

The council added that the residents left their areas in order to avoid 
forced removal and arrest, and were left in the cold.

It also said that dozens of children in these tribes already suffer 
malnutrition and several health issues due to Israeli restrictions that 
prevent the entry of relief workers and medications into the area under 
the pretext of being a "closed military zone".

Aref Daraghma, head of the Wadi Al-Maleh Village Council, stated that 
Israel is conducting a deliberate policy that aims at the removal of the 
residents, and that the continued displacement of Bedouin families and 
tribes is directly affecting the residents, especially the children.

He added that the residents have no other option but to leave as Israeli 
tanks and heavy equipment just roll into the area so that the army can 
conduct its military drills.

Daraghma further stated that the army choses to conduct training in 
Bedouin areas as it wants to stay away from Israeli settlements in the 
Jordan valley, and added that even when the army concludes its training, 
it leaves behind spent explosives and shells an issue that poses direct 
threat on the life and safety of the children and the residents.

In January, the Israeli army started drills using live ammunition in 
several Palestinian villages in the southern West bank city of Hebron.

The training was held despite a preliminary High Court ruling preventing 
the army from conducting training near Palestinian civilian areas.

Residents of Janba, Tabban and Al-Markaz, south of Hebron, filed an 
appeal to the Israeli court demanding it to issue a ruling against the 
drills, and asking the court to charge the army with contempt of court 
for violating its previous ruling.

Israel justifies its actions by issuing military orders declaring 
certain areas as "Fire Zones", using the fact that its laws in the 
occupied West Bank do not recognize dozens of Bedouin villages and tribes.


Bedouins await Israel's forcible relocation plan

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