[News] Occupied Palestine - Al-Araqib Village Buildings Demolished by Israel for 80th Time

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Thu Jan 15 11:43:39 EST 2015


  Al-Araqib Village Buildings Demolished for 80th Time

author Thursday January 15, 2015 12:04author by IMEMC
*http://www.imemc.org/article/70264*

    Israeli authorities, on Wednesday, demolished
    <http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=demolished&button=Search+%3E%3E>
    a number of steel structures belonging to Palestinian citizens of
    Israel, in the Negev-region village of al-Araqib, for the 80th time
    in a row.

Ma'an further reports that Israeli bulldozers, escorted by police 
forces, also demolished a building in the industrial area of Rahat, in 
southern Israel.

Both towns are populated primarily by Palestinian Bedouins with Israeli 
citizenship, with al-Araqib in particular being targeted repeatedly, 
since 2010, for demolition by authorities.

Israel considers al-Araqib and most other Arab villages in the Negev 
illegal, while, for Bedouins, the region is their ancestral land and 
they claim the right to live in the area.

Residents of al-Araqib have repeatedly fled into the village cemetery 
and lived there after Israeli authorities bulldozed several areas of the 
town, since they had been assured the cemetery would not be destroyed.

There are about 260,000 Bedouin in Israel, according to Ma'an, mostly 
living in and around the Negev in the arid south. More than half live in 
unrecognized villages without utilities and many also live in extreme 
poverty.

Al-Araqib is among some of the 40 Negev villages Israeli authorities 
have deemed unrecognized, arguing that the 53,000 Palestinian Bedouins 
living there cannot prove land ownership.
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