[News] Palestine - Demonstrators March against Israeli Takeover of Umm al-Hiran
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Demonstrators March against Israeli Takeover of Umm al-Hiran
by IMEMC News & Agencies
*http://www.imemc.org/article/72822 *August 27, 2015
Dozens of Palestinians protested on Thursday, in the Bedouin village
of Umm al-Hiran near the town of Hura, in the Negev, as Israel's
construction of a Jewish town <http://www.imemc.org/article/72761>
on the village's land continues, local sources said.
The Umm al-Hiran community -- around 700 strong -- is unrecognized by
the Israeli government and residents' lands were claimed by the state in
2013 in order to make way for the expansion of the Beersheba
As a march set off from the village and moved towards the site of
construction, protesters said they were able to force Israeli police to
remove the bulldozers from the area.
Leaders and members of national and Islamic parties, Palestinian members
of the Knesset
of committees for Palestinians in the Negev, and Jewish-Israelis took
part in the march.
Sources told Ma'an News Agency that the contractor responsible for
razing the village is a Palestinian citizen of Israel from the Negev,
and locals have condemned the use of Palestinian contractors against
their people by the Israeli authorities.
Participants of Thursday's demonstration called for launching an
international media campaign in support of Umm al-Hiran and other
villages threatened with land confiscation in order to pressure Israeli
authorities to stop longstanding policies to displace Palestinian Bedouins.
Umm al-Hiran residents are a fraction of the thousands of Bedouins
living in villages that the Israeli government does not recognize and
are at risk of displacement in the Negev due to Israeli policies that
critics argue amount to ethnic cleansing.
The community's residents appealed their displacement in court earlier
this year on the grounds that the Israeli military administration
ordered the community to be moved to the area in 1956, but the appeal
On Sunday, Israeli excavators began work on infrastructure for the
Jewish-only town in Umm al-Hiran, building a new road under heavy
protection of Israeli forces, locals told Ma'an at the time. Knesset
Member Talab Abu Arar described the Israeli move as racist.
"Racism has become crystal clear in Umm al-Hiran as a Jewish settlement
Hiran is being built on the ruins of the Arab Umm al-Hiran village," Abu
Arar told Ma'an on Sunday.
He added that Israeli courts and authorities ignored the rights of
Palestinians and worked towards confining them to a few recognized towns
and denying their rights.
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