[News] Israel police destroy Bedouin agricultural crops in Negev
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Tue Mar 3 11:46:22 EST 2015
*Israel police destroy Bedouin agricultural crops in Negev*
Published today (updated) 03/03/2015 16:06
BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Tuesday destroyed thousands of
acres of wheat, barley and other cereal crops in the Palestinian Bedouin
village of Rakhama, locals told Ma'an.
Ali Freijat, a local resident, said that 14 tractors escorted by over 50
Israeli police vehicles arrived early Tuesday and began leveling the land.
"This is vandalism through which they plan to displace the Bedouins from
the Negev so as to create a Jewish state free of Arabs. However, my
message to them is that if you turn over the land a million times, and
if you demolish our homes a thousand times we will continue to live on
this land and won't allow any body to take it from us."
The land that was leveled was granted by the Israeli state to compensate
the loss of land resulting from forced displacement in 1954, Freijat said.
"Since 1983, there have been deliberations over our ownership and our
right to this land, and in 2007 the supreme court decided that they
(Israeli authorities) should reach a settlement with us, but so far they
"We are talking about 25,000 dunums (about 6,000 acres) of wheat, barley
and other crops. They demand that we rent this land from the Israeli
land authority but we definitely oppose that because by doing so we
recognize that we have no rights to this land."
Bedouins in Israel live in 45 unrecognized villages scattered primarily
in the region between Beersheba and Arad. They are the remnants of the
Bedouin population that lived across the Negev Desert until 1948, when
90 percent were expelled by Israel and the remainder confined to a
In 2013, authorities said that the homes of the 1,500 residents of the
village were to be demolished because the area had been converted into a
closed military zone.
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