[News] Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 53rd time

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Tue Jul 16 14:15:32 EDT 2013

*Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 53rd time*

Published today (updated) 16/07/2013 20:36

BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a Bedouin village 
in southern Israel for the 53rd time on Tuesday, as thousands protested 
a day earlier over plans to forcibly displace Bedouins in the Negev.

"It is the 53rd demolition since July 2010," Araqib chieftain Sheikh 
Sayyah Abu Mdeighim told Ma'an.

"They have brought down all the sheds we built for the summer so we can 
protect our land and defend ourselves against the oppressive policy of 
this tyrannical government."

Large numbers of Israeli police officers and officials from Israel's 
Land Authority accompanied the bulldozers.

Families in Araqib managed to re-build five of the sheds after the 
bulldozers left, Abu Mdeighim said, with Palestinian and Israeli 
activists due to visit to the village to help rebuild the rest of the 

On Monday, thousands of people demonstrated across Israel and Palestine 
to protest a controversial plan which would see the forced displacement 
of nearly 40,000 Bedouins in the Negev.

The Israeli government approved the Prawer-Begin plan in 2011, in what 
it says was an attempt to address the problem of unrecognized Bedouin 
villages in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

The 2011 proposal was formulated without any consultation with the 
Bedouin community and rights groups slammed it as a major blow to 
Bedouin rights.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the plan will 
forcibly evict nearly 40,000 Bedouins and destroy their communal and 
social fabric, condemning them to a future of poverty and unemployment.

Israel refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which 
collectively house nearly 90,000 people.

The Israeli state denies them access to basic services and 
infrastructure, such as electricity and running water, and refuses to 
place them under municipal jurisdiction.
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