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Arab members of Israel's Knesset (parliament) have warned of the consequences of Tel Aviv's recent plan to force out 30,000 Arab Bedouins from their villages in Naqab desert, Press TV reports.
“This is by far the most dangerous phase Palestinians have faced since 1948. More than 140,000 acres have been confiscated by Israel. This is not just about Israel's racist policies. It is a war against our very existence,” said Hanin Zoubil, another Arab Knesset member.
Bedouins say they have long traversed the Naqab and insist that they remain in their ancestral land, accusing Israel of making plans to build more Jewish settlements.
Critics say that Arabs were neither involved nor consulted in formulating the plan and that the committee behind the scheme was heavily influenced by rightwing Israelis.
The decision by the cabinet on Sunday approving the Prawer report's plan to regulate the Bedouin communities in the Negev is an unfortunate continuation of an insensitive policy which is leading to unnecessary friction between the government and citizens of the country. The Bedouin of the Negev are above all citizens of the State of Israel, but the government doesn't treat them as such.
The bulldozers of Israeli Lands Administration (ILA) on Thursday demolished the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib for the twenty-ninth time in recent months. Sheikh Sayyah Al-Touri, the head of Al-Araqib village’s council, said the bulldozers of ILA and the Jewish National Fund, backed by hundreds of Israeli police officers demolished the homes of the village.
Israel insists that unrecognized Bedouin homes in the Negev must be destroyed because they have no permits and have been built without basic infrastructures. The village, which is located between the cities of Rahat and Beer Sheva in the southern Negev Desert, was demolished for the 28th time last May, but as in previous instances, it was immediately rebuilt. Volunteers from the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee and several Arab and Israeli political activists had helped the villagers of Al-Araqib rebuild their homes every time the Israeli authorities demolish them. The activists said that they will continue to rebuild structures in the village.
Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
reply to post by CasiusIgnoranze
Israeli actions are not tantamount to genocide.
There is no need to inflate the crimes committed by Israel as they are awful enough.
Ethnic cleansing, dozens, hundreds of massacres, economic strangulation.
There are traces of a cemetery, as well as scattered rubble from the village’s houses, a coffee shop, a church, two mosques and a school. The 2,000 Palestinians living there, along with the 3,500 inhabitants of two other villages, Yalu and Beit Nuba, were expelled as the Israeli army captured this area of the West Bank from Jordan. Today, they and their descendants live as refugees, mostly in East Jerusalem and near Ramallah. In place of the three villages, a park was created by an international Zionist organization, the Jewish National Fund, paid for with $15 million in charitable donations from Canadian Jews. The park entrance is only a minute’s drive from the busiest motorway in the country, linking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Similar parks across Israel have been established on the ruins of other Palestinian villages but, in those cases, the destruction was a result of the war of 1948 that founded Israel. Ilan Pappe, an Israeli historian, has referred to this massive erasure of Palestinian history as state-organized “memoricide.” But Canada Park is far more sensitive for Israel because it lies outside the country’s internationally-recognized borders. The Palestinian inhabitants’ expulsion, Bronstein said, was a premeditated act of ethnic cleansing of villagers who put up no resistance. “We have photographs of the Israeli army carrying out the expulsions,” he told the group of tourists, holding up a series of laminated cards.
Under Israeli law, a person who has not registered his/her land in the Land Registry cannot claim ownership; but in the mid 1970s Israel let the Negev Bedouin register their land claims and issued certificates as to the size of the tracts claimed. These certificates served as the basis for the "right of possession" later granted by the government. Following the signing of the Treaty of Peace with Egypt, it became necessary to move an airport to a locality inhabited by 5000 Bedouin. The government, recognizing these land claim certificates, negotiated with the certificate holders and paid compensation to them. Most moved to Bedouin townships, built houses and established businesses.