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Israeli land authority destroys Bedouin fields in Negev
Published Wednesday 05/02/2014 (updated) 06/02/2014 21:06
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BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Bulldozers and tractors sent by the Israel Land Authority on Wednesday morning destroyed fields of wheat, barley and other cereal grains planted by Palestinian Bedouins in the Negev.

Residents told a Ma'an reporter in the southern Israeli region that tractors plowed and destroyed crops that had been planted on lands belonging to the Huzayyil tribe, before moving to the area of the nearby Awajan Bedouin village.

Israeli authorities said that Negev Bedouins have taken control of state lands which they could have instead leased on a yearly basis at cheap rates.

The Bedouins said they refused to sign any lease because if they do it would constitute approving Israeli claims that their private lands are state properties.

The Bedouin Negev-based Al-Naqab Association for Land and Human Beings denounced the Israeli assault on vast areas of lands, calling them an "attempt to make the lives of the people of the Negev people very difficult and force them to evacuate their land to be confiscated for Jewish settlements, farms and military bases."




Bedouins in Israel were under military rule until 1966, and tens of thousands were forcibly expelled from their lands and deported in the nearly two decades prior.

Because Bedouins generally lack titles to the lands their ancestors have historically grazed and lived on, it is difficult for them to prove their right to live there.

Israel refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house nearly 90,000 people, out of a total of around 200,000 Bedouins.

The Israeli state denies them access to basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity and running water, and refuses to place them under municipal jurisdiction.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/02/2014 21:43
It is perhaps significant that Zionism seems to invariably involve the commission of evil. When one finds oneself methodically bulldozing the crops others are attempting to grow for food, it suggests something about the essential moral nature of the cause one is espousing.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/02/2014 22:29
Also, the ultimate example of our tax dollars at play.

3 ) Mary Wilson / USA
06/02/2014 17:00
And the fact that all of this is made possible only by our tax dollars and our unjust diplomatic bias toward Israel means that Americans are morally obligated to work for a change in policy, contribute to Palestinian NGOs, and above all to Speak Out!

4 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
07/02/2014 20:17
"US taxes":Adding up every penny given to Isrsel by the US since 1948 the grand total is $142 Billion.An annual Israeli GDP is $260 Billion.The US doesnt make OR break Israel.It merely invests its cash. It gets at least $60 for every $15 it hands to Israel in military R & D,intel and training.As for the issue,less than 40,000(NOT 90k as Ma'an states)squat on state land.Not 1 Negev Bedouin Tribe is indigenous,the earliest having arrived in the 1880s.None has privately owned an iota of land.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 00:19
To Rachamim Dwek #4: '"US taxes":Adding up every penny given to Isrsel by the US since 1948 the grand total is $142 Billion.An annual Israeli GDP is $260 Billion.The US doesnt make OR break Israel.' So we can cease our support, and there won't be a problem? Good stuff.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 00:23
To Rachamim Dwek #4: '...Not 1 Negev Bedouin Tribe is indigenous,the earliest having arrived in the 1880s...' At a guess, that's the usual Zio-lie. For starters, I doubt if exact information about which Bedouin tribes were or weren't in the Negev in the 1880's is available. Even if it were, Bedouin DO move about. That doesn't make them non-indigenous. Even if they weren't 'indigenous' that wouldn't confer on Israel the right to dispossess them when she came on the scene.

7 ) ME PhD / Universityof?
09/02/2014 05:33
Actually quite accurate records of land ownership and Bedouin presence are available from Ottoman sources. The US is not the only place in the world with records - what a Western mentality. Only the US has records, not the stupid 3rd world? Wrong. The Bedouin tribes of today were latecomers to the Negev. The statement by #4 is absolutely correct. They sit on the land now but have no ownership. They seek to get ownership by sowing as Turkish law provides this as a means of taking.

8 ) Mel / USA
17/02/2014 20:05
And all this cruelty is to make way for TEN more Jewish-only colonies in the Negev,to ANNEX to W/B,with Palestinians/Arabs "transferred"enclaved in SEGREGATED(not contiguous)Gaza& W/B later to be pushed into Egypt &Jordan,or killed(like the Jews by Nazism). The question is,Palestine,what are you going to do about it? Factionally squabble? Or unite &fight your expulsion/extermination by racist/bigotted Zionism,in the world courts?
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