[News] Israel demolishes Palestinian Bedouin village for 176th time

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  Israel demolishes Palestinian Bedouin village for 176th time

March 6, 2020

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday demolished all Palestinian 
homes in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev for 
the 176th time.

The village was first levelled in July 2010, and every time the 
residents of Al-Araqeeb rebuild their tents and small homes, occupation 
forces return to raze them, sometime several times 
in a month.

Al-Araqeeb’s houses, which are inhabited by over 20 Palestinian 
families, are built of wood, plastic, and corrugated iron.

Located in the Negev (Naqab) desert, the village is one of 51 
“unrecognised” 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 
<https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190806-israel-charges-bedouins-0-5m-to-cover-cost-of-demolition-of-their-village/> for, 
have demolished everything, from the trees to the water tanks, but 
Bedouin residents have tried to rebuild it every time.

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.

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