[News] Israel’s war on its Palestinian citizens
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Israel’s war on its Palestinian citizens
Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 26
Israel plans to forcibly displace 36,000 Palestinian Bedouins in the
Naqab (Negev) <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/naqab-negev> region
of southern Israel to make way for a military training area and weapons
testing facility, according
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9677> to Adalah
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/adalah>, a legal advocacy group for
Palestinians in Israel.
That’s one quarter of all Palestinian Bedouins living in the Naqab, all
citizens of Israel.
The plan, which was announced
late last month, “overtly discriminates against the Bedouin population,
and considers them an obstacle that must be removed from the landscape
in order to clear a path for Jewish settlement and ‘development,’”
Adalah stated <https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9677>.
Israel’s Authority for the Development and Settlement of the Bedouins
intends to transfer Bedouins to “poverty-stricken, government-planned
townships,” violating both Israeli and international laws.
If implemented, Israel will sieze about 65,000 acres of land – an area
about one and a half times the size of Washington, DC.
One of the plan’s projects is to establish the Ramat Beka
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9644> military industrial zone.
Israel will move a weapons testing facility owned by leading Israeli
arms maker Elbit <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/elbit> from the
city of Ramat HaSharon
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ramat-hasharon> in central Israel
to the Naqab.
The testing facility, which would be twice the size of Tel Aviv, poses
“health, safety and environmental risks” to those living around it, and
would require the forcible displacement of thousands of Bedouins and
more than 1,200 of their structures.
Elbit has supplied
white phosphorus munitions and drones that have been used during
Israel’s attacks on Gaza. It also manufactures cluster weapons
for the Israeli army, helping it circumvent an international ban.
As part of the same plan, Israel intends to establish
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9686> the Sde Barir phosphate
mine, which requires the forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinian
Bedouins as well.
The mine would cause serious health hazards to thousands more who remain.
Israel’s National Planning and Building Board and the Israeli government
approved the plan on the basis of an environmental survey that Adalah
says “ignores the existence of approximately 15,000 Bedouin citizens
living in and around the area designated for construction of the mine.”
Adalah, along with 168 Bedouin residents of the most affected village,
al-Furaa, and a number of human rights organizations, filed a petition
with Israel’s high court demanding it stop the construction of the
A hearing is due on Wednesday.
“In order to Judaize the Naqab (Negev), Israeli authorities are
implementing economic and military plans that are not intended to serve
the Bedouin and, in fact, ignore their very existence,” Adalah attorney
Myssana Morany stated.
Israel has long sought to get rid of the Palestinian Bedouin population
in the Naqab.
It has forced
residents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/umm-al-hiran> to agree to be
expelled from their homes and resettled to the town of Hura
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/hura> in the southern Naqab region
under threats of violence.
Meanwhile, Adalah is demanding
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9681> Israel provide accessible
voting stations to 11 unrecognized Bedouin villages whose residents
would otherwise need to travel up to 50 kilometers to vote in April’s
Meanwhile in the north of Israel, hundreds of Palestinian citizens
protested earlier this week against Israel’s plan to build an Arab-only
city on private land east of Acre.
The new city, called Tantur, would be built on land Israel seized in the
Israel designated approximately 750 acres of confiscated land – or just
over one square mile – for the project, which is set to include about
15,000 housing units and house more than 70,000 Palestinian citizens of
to the publication /Arab48./
About 170 acres Israel intends to use are privately owned.
Several government ministries have adopted the project, including the
interior and housing ministries.
Palestinians protested in the city of Jadeidi-Makr, which lies east of
Acre and close to the site of the planned city:
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) February 23, 2019
مسيرة في جديدة المكر بالداخل المحتل رفضاً لمصادرة أراضي تلة الطنطور.
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) February 23, 2019
Many held protests in Acre as well:
أهالي قرية جديدة المكر الفلسطينية يتظاهرون ضد مخطط طنطور السلطوي
الهادف إلى إبعادهم عن أراضيهم ومصادرتها. pic.twitter.com/mUbB71yi27
— التلفزيون العربي (@AlarabyTV) February 19, 2019
Israeli forces attacked protesters, arresting some of them:
يوثق اعتداء قوات الاحتلال على المشاركين بتظاهرة جديدة المكر الرافضة
لمصادرة أراضي تلة الطنطور فيها pic.twitter.com/NG6VnxpVkd
— 48 الإخبارية (@48nnews) February 14, 2019
Yousef Jabareen, a Palestinian member of Israel’s parliament for the
Joint List, said that the construction of the new city is part of
Israel’s plan to push Palestinians out of Jewish-majority cities and put
them in ghettoes.
One purpose for the city is “to prevent the migration of Arabs to
existing Jewish cities in the Galilee, including Upper Nazareth
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/upper-nazareth>, Karmiel and Tiberias.”
Jabareen added that Upper Nazareth mayor, Ronen Plot, is an advocate of
this project, as he desperately seeks to limit the migration to the city
of Palestinian citizens of Israel unable to find housing elsewhere.
Upper Nazareth was founded in the 1950s as part of Israel’s effort to
Judaize the Galilee. As recently as 2012, its then-mayor Shimon Gapso,
for the expulsion of the Palestinian residents of the neighboring city
of Nazareth to Gaza.
Gapso proudly admitted
to being a “racist” and, like his successor, vowed to do whatever was
necessary to keep Upper Nazareth Jewish.
The Israeli government has long sought
to increase the number of Jewish residents in the Galilee, where
Palestinians remained a sizeable population after the Nakba, the ethnic
cleansing of Palestinians in 1948.
This has been achieved by building Jewish colonies on land belonging to
Palestinian communities, preventing the natural growth and the
establishment of new Palestinian towns and villages.
Last year, a town in the Galilee region suspended
building tenders for a 2,200-household residential development after its
mayor learned that around half of the buyers were Palestinian citizens
Although the vast majority of its original population was forced out
during the Nakba, Palestinians still make up a third of the residents of
the coastal city of Acre.
But Jabareen says the construction of Tantur would “serve the process of
emptying” Acre of its Palestinian population “in a deliberate and
Acre, a historic port and world heritage city
<https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1042>, has long been the target of
Israeli efforts to force out
its remaining Palestinian population.
Israel’s tourism ministry, along with settlement groups, intend to
to a commercial center for Israeli Jews and tourists.
Forced to demolish own home
Meanwhile, a Palestinian citizen was forced
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=782648> by Israeli authorities
to demolish his own two-story commercial building on Saturday in Deir
al-Asad in the Galilee.
Ibrahim Ali Badran carried out the demolition himself “to avoid the high
demolition costs imposed upon him by Israel if Israel carries out the
demolition instead,” Ma’an News Agency reported.
This video shows the demolition:
بدعوى البناء غير المرخص .. فلسطيني يهدم عمارته بنفسه في دير الأسد
بالداخل الفلسطيني المحتل، اليوم pic.twitter.com/wEpeEkfkGl
— 48 الإخبارية (@48nnews) February 23, 2019
Abdullah Jabarin, a Palestinian from the city of Umm al-Fahm
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/umm-al-fahm> in northern Israel,
was also forced to demolish
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=782572> his own warehouse
earlier this month after a similar order.
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