Israel expels Bedouin from their homes to replace them with Jewish settlers, despite the residents winning court appeal


By ibrows
July 28, 2010
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1,500 Israeli police evicted 300 residents who lived in 40 homes in the Al-Araqib village on Tuesday morning. These Bedouin were one of the 'unrecognised' Bedouin villages in southern Israel. The demolitions were cleared by the Israeli government to enable the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to construct a forest on this land, despite the residents winning a court appeal to overturn the original decision to seize their land and raze their homes.

The Bedouin were designated as 'unrecognised' after 1948, but have lived on this land, prior to the creation of Israel. The Israeli government has continually tried to force them to relocate in order to seize the land, as such the community is provided no healthcare, nor basic facilitates. Tens of thousands of Bedouin were resettled by the Israeli state in the 1960's and 70's after promises they would receive services if they agreed to move.

In 2005 the Jewish National Fund announced plans to bring 250-000-500,000 new Jewish settlers into the Negev through the Blueprint Negev. This led to opposition from Bedouin rights groups concerned that these plans were led by demographic considerations whereby Bedouin will be removed and replaced by exclusively Jewish settlers that seek to counter-balance the rising Bedouin birth rates. This is clearly an systematic attempt to 'Judaise' the Negev and expel the residents from land that have lived on for generations, instead the Israeli state seeks to replace them with Jewish settlers.

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yankeeuxb (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:26

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It's called Apartheid isn't it?

Or ethnic cleansing. It's profoundly undemocratic and it's shameful. But no doubt the war crime apologists will blame it on the Bedouins themselves - or Hamas (the bogeyman)


yankeeuxb (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:28

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The bulldozing was witnessed by a journalist writing for the Guardian. He used to be an Israeli Paratrooper. His tone was distraught and shocked. (he's probably a 'terrorist lover')


yankeeuxb (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:30

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In the community of Al Lubban Al Gharbi in the north-western Ramallah Governorate Israeli authorities demolished 10 structures belonging to 8 Palestinian families (80 people, including 38 children). According to OCHA this included 2 homes; 6 barracks and 1 tent used for various livelihood-related purposes; as well as the foundation of a house under construction. The 2 homes that were demolished were not yet inhabited but nearly completed, which means that the affected families have lost their entire investment as well as their future home. In addition, the demolition of the barracks and the destruction of related equipment has devastated the livelihood of those affected. Five people, including a 75-year old woman, were injured in the course of the demolition and had to seek medical assistance.

In the Al Baq'a Valley east of Hebron city Israeli authorities demolished a water pool and confiscated irrigation pipes which were used to bring water to a plot of land of around 6 dunum. A family of 17 people, including 14 children, which relies on the land as a source of livelihood, has been affected as a result. Three of them were also injured in the course of the demolition.

On the outskirts of Hebron city Israeli authorities demolished an extension to a house as well as barracks used to shelter animals. The demolition affected a family of 9 people, including 7 children.

Israel generally justifies the demolition of Palestinian houses due to the lack of building permits. It is however virtually impossible for Palestinians to obtain building permits, as more than 70% of the land in Area C is completely unavailable for Palestinians, while various restrictions apply in the remaining 30%. In fact, only around 1% of the land in Area C is available for Palestinian construction.

In a recent statement by the Israeli Ministry of Defence, the increase of Palestinian structures in Area C was publicly announced. At the same time we have also witnessed in recent months a surge of demolitions of Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem. So far the total of demolished structures this year reaches 229, with at least 174 Palestinians, including 125 children, displaced as a result of Israel's discriminatory policy against Palestinian people.


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:33

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ibrows pops up from the Guardian again!
But, as usual is wrong!

The ILA said the Bedouin invaded the area, which is state land, in 1998 and in 2000 a court order was handed down banning them from entering the area. But the tribe moved in and planted trees. The ILA offered to rent them the land at a price of NIS 2 per dunam, but they refused to pay. The ILA received a court order to evacuate the residents in 2003 and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.
It is now 2010, so the Bedouin have been given plenty of notice that the court order would be implemented.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=182897
Yitzhar yeshiva demolition planned.

Military prosecutor rejects appeal by yeshiva.
Security forces have planned on the demolition of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the settlement of Yitzhar in Samaria, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the IDF military prosecutor rejected the appeal by the yeshiva after the court ordered the demolition two months ago, claiming that the yeshiva was built illegally.

Why don't you bleeding hearts campaign for this?


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:35

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Usual garbage / BS / lies from the Israel bashers ...


ibrows

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:41

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Jon

Not quite sure where you got your 'facts' from and i use the term loosely, but your totally wrong, and simply trying to justify the unjustifiable. The Bedouin have lived in the Negev since long before 1948. Israel as i stated relocated many in the 1960's and 1970's, so how you can claim they 'invaded the land in 1998' is beyond me, its probably your twisted and selective use of history again.

There can be no dispute that the Bedouin lived on this land prior to 1948, they have lived here for generations. As such, Israel is seeking to ethnically cleanse the territory to replace them with Jewish settlers, its all about demographics, and Israel seeking to construct a Jewish dominated state, by expelling non-Jewish people, regardless of their rights to land, and the fact they won a court case to prevent them being evicted


ibrows

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:49

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Jon

Ma'an news states:

''The Bedouin residents of the village were evicted by Israel in 1951, but returned to the land shortly after. “Residents of [Al-Araqib] are neither squatters nor invaders: their village has existed many years before the creation of Israel in 1948,”.

http://maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=302808

Jerusalem post:

''Abu Farich SAID THAT HIS FAMILY AND MANY OTHERS IN THE VILLAGE HAD LIVED THERE SINCE BEFORE THE FOUNDING OF THE STATE. He added that like many others in the village, he owned a house in the nearby Beduin city of Rahat, which he said he built so his children could attend school there'.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=182848


ibrows

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:57

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The Galilee Society researches Palestinian Arabs in Israel:

''During the 1948 War, approximately 80% of the Bedouin population fled or was expelled from their land. The rest were confined to a designated military area representing 10% of the territory they had previously controlled. As with all Arabs in Israel, they were under Military Administration until 1966. This meant that they could no longer cultivate their traditionally held lands, and needed special permits to leave their designated area in search of jobs or education.

The Israeli government seeks to resettle the Bedouin population in planned towns while requisitioning Bedouin land for Jewish community development. Presently, close to 120,000 Arab Bedouins live in the Naqab. Some 56% of the Bedouin live in seven government-established towns: Rahat, Hura, Tel Sheva, Laqiyya, Shegev Shalom, Kesifa, and Aror. The recognized towns offer poor housing and infrastructure, and receive less than adequate government services. A recent Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) report on the socio-economic status of 204 local authorities in Israel indicated that the towns ranked at the very bottom of the socio-economic scale (Rahat - 1st, Aror- 2nd, Tel Sheva- 3rd, Kesifa- 4th, Segev Shalom- 6th).

The other 44% of the Naqab´s Bedouin population lives in scattered unrecognized villages. Nowhere is the inequity between Arabs and Jews in Israel as stark as in the unrecognized villages. These villages are viewed as illegal. As such they are excluded from official maps, receive scarce government resources, have no officially-recognized locally-elected governing bodies and receive few or no basic services such as water and electricity, much less educational and health facilities.

Most residents of the unrecognized villages live in tin shacks, tents or other non-permanent structures that offer little protection from the harsh desert environment. The Israeli authorities often demolish these structures. According to Ben Gurion University (BGU) estimates, 16,000 structures in the unrecognized villages have been served with demolition orders. Crop destruction is another official measure taken to persecute the Bedouin population in the unrecognized villages. Between 2002 and March 2004, the Israeli authorities destroyed 24,500 dunams of crops cultivated by unrecognized village residents. Aerial spraying of pesticides was the most common method''.

http://www.gal-soc.org/en/?x=Naqab&s=Goals


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:09

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ibrows
Do you really think we are interested in what Ma'an News has to stay, other than for us to monitor terrorist propoganda.

These are the facts:-
This was an illegal Bedouin encampment.
The ILA, (Israel Land Authority), said that residents first “invaded” the area in 1998, were soon evicted, and returned a year later.

The ILA said residents had been asked to rent the land for agricultural purposes for NIS 2 per dunam (0.1 hectare), but “they refused to pay and continued to infiltrate the land year after year.”

After an eviction notice was issued in 2003, the residents filed a petition that made its way to the High Court of Justice.

While the petition was being heard, the residents “continued to infiltrate and squat on state-owned land, and in fact expanded their infiltration through constructing illegal and unproved buildings, crudely trampling on the law,” the ILA said.

In 2007, the Beersheba Magistrates’s Court dismissed residents’ request for a delay in implementation of the eviction orders and ruled that residents were “infiltrators repeatedly seizing state land after being evicted.”

There are tens of thousands of illegal structures in Beduin communities in the country, and several thousand more are built each year; far more than the number the state manages to demolish. Many of these settlements lack basic services, with residents living “off the grid” and not paying municipal taxes.

Again why are you not complaining over this eviction:-

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=182897
Yitzhar yeshiva demolition planned.

Military prosecutor rejects appeal by yeshiva.
Security forces have planned on the demolition of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the settlement of Yitzhar in Samaria, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the IDF military prosecutor rejected the appeal by the yeshiva after the court ordered the demolition two months ago, claiming that the yeshiva was built illegally.

Or are your crocodile tears selective?


yankeeuxb (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:16

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More evidence of ethnic cleansing / Apartheid (written by an Israeli incidently. Must be a 'self hater')

The Negev Co-existence Forum indicates that around half of the 155,000 Bedouins in the Negev, all of whom are Israeli citizens, live in approximately 45 villages that are unrecognized by the Israeli government. As unrecognized villages, the Bedouins have no right to build on the land or have access to water. This lack of recognition continues in spite of the fact that Goldberg Committee, created in late 2007 to “solve the problem of the Bedouin in the Negev”, recommended to the Government of Israel that it should formally recognize most of the villages and legalize construction of homes.

According to Dr. Yeela Ranaan of the Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, destruction of the villages in al-Araqib has been occurring since the 1950s. She notes that the Jewish National Fund plans to plant a forest on the village lands, and that the current actions are part of a larger government policy to displace the indigenous Bedouin from the land.


yankeeuxb (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:19

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This peice of ethnic cleansing / Aparthied happened just last week. (is Hamas - AKA the Bogeyman - in The West Bank? Is has to be their fault doesn't it?)

The IDF demolished the village of Al Farisyie yesterday in the Jordan Valley, destroying 74 structures and displacing 107 people.

The mass demolition included 26 residential tents; 22 animal shelters; 7 taboun ovens; 8 kitchens; 10 bathrooms and a shed used to store agricultural equipment. As a result at least 107 people, including 52 children, lost their homes and belongings. Many families were not present during the demolition and consequently could not rescue their belongings before they were buried in the rubble. Additionally, at least 4 water tanks and large quantities of food and animal fodder were damaged or destroyed during the demolitions.

In the community of Fasayile al Fuga, the IDF also demolished the home of a family of 9, including 7 children, one of them an infant of 10 months.

The IDF handed out further "evacuation" and demolition orders in various parts of the West Bank this week, including in the community of Bardala.

The concentration of demolitions in the Jordan Valley is a continuation of Israel's policy to strangle Palestinian communities in the area via house demolitions, land expropriation, and appropriation of water resources, collectively aimed at annexing the valley into Israel. Last year, the IDF intensified its campaign against Palestinian communities in the northern Jordan Valley, declaring large areas Closed Military Zones and issuing evacuation orders against entire villages.

Inline with recent statements, the IDF has stepped up its campaign of house demolitions generally in Area C this year. Atleast 198 Palestinian structures have been demolished across the West Bank since the beginning of the year, resulting in the forced displacement of almost 300 people, half of them children.


ibrows

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:26

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Jon

you can keep quoting the ILA, but they are implicated in this, so are not really a 'neutral' observer in these proceedings plus there is masses of evidence to undermine your wild claims. The Bedouin have been expelled from their land by Israel since the 1950's and the JNF has openly stated it will use this land to settle Jewish settlers, like i said this is ethnic cleansing, its expelling one community and encouraging the settlement of a second, in this case Jewish community, in its place. Its systematic, with government support and has seemingly ignored a court ruling - all to remove a people from their land


ibrows

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:30

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Jon check your 'FACTS', the bedouin have lived in the Negev since prior to 1948, and Israel has been steadily trying to expel and resettle them since the 1950's. THIS IS WIDELY KNOWN AND BEYOND DISPUTE


ibrows

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:38

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The Israeli government has attempted to force urbanisation on the Bedouin by seizing their land and erasing their way of life.

31st July 1963, Moshe Dayan said in an interview in Haaretz:

“We should transform the Bedouins into an urban proletariat - in industry, services, construction, and agriculture. 88% of the Israeli population are not farmers, let the Bedouin be like them. Indeed, THIS WILL BE A RADICAL MOVE WHICH MEANS THE BEDOUIN WOULD NOT LIVE ON HIS LAND WITH HIS HERDS, but would become an urban person who comes home in the afternoon and puts his slippers on.... This will be a revolution, but it can be achieved in two generations...this phenomenon of the Bedouins will disappear."


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:38

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ibrows
If it's facts you want here you go:-

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/Bedouin.ht...

The Bedouin are an accepted part of Israeli society; BUT, this does not entitle them to camp,squat, hole-up, pitch tent or shack anywhere they want!

In much the same way if a bunch of New Age Travellers showed up and wanted to park their caravan in your back garden, i am sure you would have something to say about that!

And - again what about your support for:-

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=182897
Yitzhar yeshiva demolition planned.

Military prosecutor rejects appeal by yeshiva.
Security forces have planned on the demolition of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the settlement of Yitzhar in Samaria, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the IDF military prosecutor rejected the appeal by the yeshiva after the court ordered the demolition two months ago, claiming that the yeshiva was built illegally.

Or are your crocodile tears still selective?


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:50

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That quote from Dayan is no doubt a fabricated one knowing your history


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:53

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http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/45884734/critiques/new/Israel_Et...

The truth about the Beduin, not that the bigoted Israel-haters above will accept it....


mattpryor

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:04

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ibrows why don't you do something useful with your time instead of hanging around on a Jewish website to slag off these good peoples' friends and relatives?

Is your life that devoid of meaning that this is the only way for you to get your kicks? Do you get some sort of thrill out of it? Does it make you feel powerful, knowledgeable, righteous?

Do you have posters on your wall of Arab men in balaklavas touting AK47s and showing off their muscled torsos?

I bet you were one of those sickos who emailed photos of dead kids around during Cast Lead. I bet you get off on those too.

I bet until you read this bit of propaganda (which I would like to point out originated on Iran's state broadcasting website) you wouldn't have even been able to spell Bedouin, or pick one out in an identity parade.

If you want to help people, why do you have to do it in such a nasty, viscous, offensive way? Why don't you go and help some elderly people with their shopping?

You have no love in your soul ibrows. You are a disgrace. And I'm sick and tired of malicious little sh*ts like you.


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:06

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Fantasic mattpryor - good on you!! Well done!
and - thank you for your support!


raycook

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:45

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@mattpryor

why do you have to do it in such a nasty, viscous, offensive way?
Viscous. LOL. Another word for 'thick'. Appropriate typo.


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:48

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Deliberate, shirley?


ibrows

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:49

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The Dayan quote, is widely known it appeared in a interview with haaretz in 1963. Jonathan you cannot simply dismiss it as fabricated as you dislike it. Google it, its widely known and accepted that Dayan said this:

"We should transform the Bedouins into an urban proletariat… Indeed, this will be a radical move which means that the Bedouin would not live on his land with his herds, but would become an urban person… His children would be accustomed to a father who wears trousers, does not carry a Shabaria [the traditional Bedouin knife] and does not search for vermin in public. This would be a revolution, but it may be fixed within two generations. WITHOUT COERCION BUT WITH GOVERNMENT DIRECTION... THIS PHENOMENON OF THE BEDOUINS WILL DISAPPEAR". (Moshe Dayan, Ha’aretz interview, 31 July 1963).

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