[News] Israel Charges Al Araqeeb Residents $0.5m to Cover Cost of Demolition of Their Village

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  Israel Charges Al Araqeeb Residents $0.5m to Cover Cost of Demolition
  of Their Village

August 6, 2019

Arab Bedouins living in the “unrecognized” village of Al-Araqeeb have 
been ordered to pay 1.6 million shekels ($0.46 million) to cover the 
cost of the Israeli occupation’s demolition of their homes.

Al-Araqeeb was demolished for the 149th time yesterday, the third such 
demolition in the space of two weeks. This time, Israeli police stormed 
the village and dismantled the residents’ tents and threw them into 
their four-wheel-drive vehicles. They did not bring bulldozers or 
demolition vehicles.

    76 y/o Sheikh Sayyah Altouri, famous resisting figure in Bedouin
    Palestinian village of AlAraqeeb Israel demolished 140 times, shows
    up in Israeli kangaroo court facing 10 months in prison, calls his
    supporters to protect Palestinian lands &
    identitypic.twitter.com/X66REztyJk <https://t.co/X66REztyJk>

    — Za'atar Akhdar (@Green_Thyme) February 11, 2019

The demolition forces left the village after it was confirmed that all 
the tents belonging to the residents had been demolished, destroyed and 

Forces returned this morning to arrest one of Al-Araqeeb’s residents, 
Salim Mohammed Al-Turi Abu Medegham.

    For the 148th time , Israeli occupation forces demolish Al Araqeeb
    village in the occupied Negev this morning.#VoiceOfNations
    pic.twitter.com/15rhqn3dG7 <https://t.co/15rhqn3dG7>

    — Voice of Nations (@VoiceofNations3) August 1, 2019

Located in the Negev (Naqab) desert, the village is one of 51 
“unrecognized” Arab villages in the area and is constantly targeted for 
demolition ahead of plans to Judaise the Negev by building homes for new 
Jewish communities. Israeli bulldozers, which Bedouins are charged for, 
have demolished everything, from the trees to the water tanks, but 
Bedouin residents have tried to rebuild it every time.

    Meanwhile in Palestine, Israeli occupation forces have demolished Al
    Araqeeb village in the occupied city of Al Naqab for the 145th time.
    pic.twitter.com/BO2kgh4rAF <https://t.co/BO2kgh4rAF>

    — Muhammad Smiry  (@MuhammadSmiry) June 27, 2019

Bedouins in the Negev must abide by the same laws as Jewish Israeli 
citizens. They pay taxes but do not enjoy the same rights and services 
as Jews in Israel and the state has repeatedly refused to connect the 
towns to the national grid, water supplies, and other vital amenities.

In its ruling, the court said the villagers had “broken into state-owned 
land” by rebuilding their demolished homes.

/(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)/

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