[News] Israel demolishes Araqib Bedouin village for 169th time - will only increase the residents’ resolve
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Tue Dec 17 11:35:00 EST 2019
Israel demolishes Araqib Bedouin village for 169th time
December 17, 2019
Israeli occupation authorities on Monday demolished all structures in
the Palestinian Bedouin village of Araqib in the Negev desert for the
169th consecutive time, displacing its residents.
Local official Aziz Attouri said that Israeli police forces and
employees from the Bedouin development authority, which is responsible
for such demolitions, stormed the village and wreaked havoc on everything.
Attouri added that the demolitions took place during the absence of the
local residents who were in an Israeli court, which is responsible for
studying their ownership of the land where they live
Consequently, dozens of Bedouin citizens, including children, women and
elderlies, have become homeless and will suffer from the harsh weather
of the desert for a while before they could have new makeshift homes again.
Araqib residents live in a constant state of fear because they expect
the demolition of their village at any moment after they manage to
rebuild their homes again.
However, such Israeli arbitrary, criminal and inhumane policy of
demolition, uprooting and displacement will only increase the residents’
resolve and adherence to their land and village even if Israel
demolishes it thousands of times.
Al-Araqib is one of several Bedouin villages in the Negev desert, which
are “unrecognized” by Israel.
The demolition of al-Araqib and other villages in the Negev is a
systematic Israeli policy aimed at expelling the native population from
the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned areas to pave the
way to expand and build settlements for Jewish communities.
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