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Israel police raze ‘illegal’ Bedouin village

29 Jul 2010

Why do they do this? How can making 300 Bedouin who were living in the desert homeless possibly profit or benefit the Israeli government? And why do they uproot their olive trees? They must realize that this, and so many other of their actions and policies clearly appear racist. Yet they get so upset when they are accused of racism or apartheid. The Israeli government also must understand how this creates hatred and incites retaliatory violence. Yet when this happens they portray themselves as the innocent, peace-loving victim.

I must also say that I am encouraged that there are Jewish (and Arab) Israelis who fight against this kind of injustice, for example the Negev Coexistence Forum.  See their website: For more background on the Bedouin situation in Israel, see their About page:

See also  BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Land struggle of Israel’s Bedouin I cannot believe the way some Israelis talk about the Bedouin. It reminds me of the way colonial powers viewed their colonies or Americans viewed the Native Americans.

tags: Israel Palestine Bedouin injustice oppression Arab news

  • Around 300 Bedouins living in Israel’s Negev desert have been made homeless after police raided their village and razed their homes.
  • Israeli activists said 1,500 police arrived in Al-Arakib village at dawn.
    They destroyed 30 to 40 makeshift homes and uprooted hundreds of olive trees belonging to the villagers, they said.

  • More than 150,000 Bedouin live in Israel, mostly in and around the Negev desert.
    Around half live in villages that are not recognised by the state, and have no access to municipal services like water and electricity.

  • At dawn on Tuesday, women and children in Al-Arakib watched as Land Administration bulldozers demolished their houses, Israeli press reports said.
    Minor scuffles erupted as the villagers and around 150 rights activists tried to stop the police from carrying out the demolitions, said Chaya Noach, head of the Negev Coexistence Forum, a group fighting to protect the rights of the Bedouin in the Negev.
    “We were stunned to witness the violent force being used,” Al-Arakib spokesman Awad Abu-Farikh told Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot following the razing.
    “This operation is the first step in the uprooting of many villages. We shall return to our villages, build our homes and not leave this place.”

  • The authorities say all the homes are illegal, built without permission.
    The Bedouin say they have lived in the area since before the foundation of the state of Israel.
    They resist efforts to re-settle them in towns and villages, saying it goes against their traditional way of life.

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I cannot believe the way some Israelis talk about the Bedouin. It reminds me of the way colonial powers viewed their colonies or Americans viewed the Native Americans.

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