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        <h1 class="reader-title">Israeli Forces Demolish al-Araqib
          Village for 156th Time</h1>
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          <div class="reader-estimated-time">August 29, 2019<br>
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              <p>The Israeli authorities on Thursday demolished the
                village of al-Araqib, an unrecognized Palestinian
                Bedouin village in the Negev, and threatened its
                residents with displacement and evacuation, for the
                156th time.</p>
              <p>Eyewitnesses told reporters from the Wafa News Agency
                that the Israeli police dismantled the tents of the
                people of al-Araqib, tore them apart and dragged them
                from the village.</p>
              <p>They then seized the residents’ belongings, including
                chairs, beds, lamps, tables and other household goods.</p>
              <p>The Israeli Forces then surrounded the village cemetery
                and took measurements in preparation for demolition.</p>
              <p>For many years, the residents of al-Araqib have stood
                steadfast and refused the forced relocation by the
                Israeli government.</p>
              <p>The Israeli authorities continue to punish Al-Araqib
                and demolish the village repeatedly in an attempt to
                force the residents to emigrate.</p>
              <p>In recent months the Israeli authorities have also
                escalated their abductions of Palestinian Bedouins who
                have stood up against the demolitions, most notably
                Sheikh Sayyah Al-Turi, who was deported from the village
                after having served a term in Israeli prison.</p>
              <p>In addition, an Israeli court imposed a fine of NIS
                1,600,000 (around $453,000 USD) a few days ago on the
                residents of the village for the cost of demolishing and
                evacuating the village – a ridiculous sum given the
                extreme poverty of the village residents.</p>
              <p>The claim by the Israeli court is that the Bedouins are
                “trespassing on state owned land” – another ridiculous
                claim, since the Bedouins have lived on this land since
                before Israel was created in 1948.</p>
              <p>Some 240,000 Palestinian Arabs live in the Negev
                desert, half of whom live in villages and residential
                communities, some of which have been in place for
                hundreds of years. Israel does not recognize their
                ownership of the land and refuses to provide it with
                basic services such as water and electricity.</p>
              <p>Villagers said that they insist on remaining in their
                village, adding that they will keep rebuilding their
                village.</p>
              <p>The continuing demolitions of al-Araqib are carried out
                in the attempt to force the Bedouin population to
                relocate, to government-zoned townships.</p>
              <p>Like the 34 other Bedouin villages “unrecognized” by
                Israel, al-Araqib does not receive any services from the
                Israeli government and is constantly subjected to
                threats of expulsion and home demolition.</p>
              <p>These “unrecognized” villages were established in the
                Negev soon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, following
                the creation of the state of Israel, when an estimated
                750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their
                homes and made refugees.</p>
              <p>Many of the Bedouins were forcibly transferred to the
                village sites during the 17-year period when
                Palestinians inside Israel were governed under Israeli
                military law, which ended shortly before Israel’s
                military takeover of Gaza and the West Bank, including
                East Jerusalem, in 1967.</p>
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