[News] Israel poised to raze Bedouin village so Jews can take land
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Israel poised to raze Bedouin village so Jews can take land
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/charlotte-silver> -8 August 2016
Israeli bulldozers are poised to raze the Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/umm-al-hiran> in the Naqab
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/naqab> (Negev) region in the south
of the country.
On 31 July, bulldozers began ploughing a trench around the village,
encircling those homes Israel intends to demolish to make way for a
The village lost its 13-year legal battle
in May 2015, when a three-judge panel on Israel’s high court ruled that
the government was authorized to demolish the village and displace its
In January this year, the high court’s president Miriam Naor rejected
<http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=441872> the village’s final
request for a review by broader panel of judges. Naor said, according to
/The Jerusalem Post/, that the village’s case did not qualify as a major
constitutional issue that merited a special high court panel.
Like about 40 other Bedouin villages
<http://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/8603> home to 70,000 people in
the Naqab, Umm al-Hiran is not recognized
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/unrecognized-villages> by Israeli
authorities, leaving its 1,000 residents, who are Israeli citizens,
without basic services or rights.
Violent repression of protests
When the bulldozers arrived last weekend, protesters attempted to block
the heavy machinery. Police responded with force, arresting six
protesters, including former Rabbis for Human Rights president Arik
Ascherman and activist Salim Abu al-Kayan.
from the day shows police throwing people to the ground, punching a
child before violently detaining him, and wrestling men to the ground.
Raad Abu al-Kayan, the son of Salim, told the Tel Aviv newspaper
/Haaretz/ <http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.734465> the police fired
tear gas directly at young protesters.
Though the village has been inhabited since 1956, when the Israeli
military forcibly moved Bedouins there after removing them from their
original village, the court ruled they have no legal rights to it.
Israel now wants to take over the land for the use of Jews. Palestinian
legal rights group Adalah <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/adalah>
calls the move a “dangerous precedent,” allowing authorities to displace
residents for “the sole purpose of building a new Jewish town called
Hiran on its ruins and grazing area.”
Since the court ruled the residents were not “trespassing,” a term
Israel frequently employs to describe the thousands of Bedouins who live
in so-called unrecognized villages, Adalah believes authorities have
carved out a new justification to forcibly displace
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/forced-displacement> Bedouins in
According to Adalah, the court found that the state had “merely allowed”
the Bedouin citizens to use the land, but was now within its rights to
revoke such permission.
“The state is the owner of the lands in dispute, which were registered
in its name in the framework of the arrangement process; the residents
have acquired no rights to the land but have settled them [without any
authorization], which the state cancelled legally,” wrote
<http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.734465> high court justice Elyakim
A lone dissenting judge on the panel of three, Daphne Barak-Erez, argued
that authorities should offer the villagers space in the new Jewish
Residents of the planned Jewish Hiran are currently living in trailers
and temporary houses that were established in 2011 in the forest of
Yatir, waiting to expand onto the ruins of Umm al-Hiran.
In a video produced <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlgU6oLswv0> by
Adalah in 2013, the spokesperson for the Hiran settlers says they have
received the support of the settlement department, the regional councils
and the OR Movement, which seeks to settle Jews in the Naqab and the
The video also shows that the temporary Jewish settlement was
established with funds from JNF-USA, which funnels tax-exempt charitable
donations from Americans to the Israeli-government-backed settlement
organization the Jewish National Fund.
When asked about the difference between what is happening in the Naqab
and the Hebron Hills area, the spokesperson stated, “There isn’t really
any difference in my worldview but there is another worldview stating
that there is a difference.”
While the Naqab is within present-day Israel and the Hebron Hills are in
the occupied West Bank, the experience for Palestinians – even those
with Israeli citizenship – of violent displacement for the benefit of
Jewish settlers is indistinguishable.
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