[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
PNN/ Negev/

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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