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Israeli home demolition in Negev 'leaves 6 homeless'
Published Sunday 18/05/2014 (updated) 19/05/2014 16:04
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BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers on Sunday demolished a house in a Bedouin village in the Negev desert, witnesses said.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers demolished the house in the unrecognized village of Wadi al-Niam under the pretext that it was built without a license.

The demolition left a woman and five children homeless, the head of of Wadi al-Niam's village council said.

"These children are like orphans -- their mom is raising them alone because their father is in jail," Labbad Abu Afasha told Ma'an.

"They demolished the house leaving the children in the open."

Talab Abu Arar, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, described the demolition as "utmost oppression and arrogance."

Abu Arar said he would "support this afflicted family against this coward racism."




Wadi al-Niam is one of dozens of Bedouin villages in Negev which is unrecognized by Israeli authorities.

Israel refuses to recognize more than 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house nearly 90,000 people. Many were founded before 1966, when Bedouins were concentrated on reserves by the state and ruled under martial law, as were all Palestinian citizens of Israel.

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.

Some communities are subject to frequent demolitions by authorities. The proposed Prawer Plan -- which would have forcibly removed tens of thousands of Bedouin from their homes in order to make room for Jewish towns in the region -- was taken off the agenda late last year following widespread protests.


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1 ) Karen Nakamura / California
18/05/2014 22:05
The famous covenant between the Jews and Yahweh (why Jews think they're the Chosen Ones) is based on the agreement that the Jews always care for the widows and orphans. (King James' English Bible translation). With this and the thousands of other terrors, has Israel broken its half of the agreement?

2 ) @ Karen-1 / The Covenant (Whole Story)
20/05/2014 16:21
Jews are not perfect, but we do often "care for the widows, orphans,
and the strangers" (per KJB), and also the sick among us !!
In this situation, you should know that
[1] Israel did build cities to house the Negev Israeli Bedouins, since
[2] No Israelis are allowed to build anywhere, so as to have legitimate squatters claims to state lands, and then
[3] Rights to demand that the State of Israel provide the unrecognized villages with electricity, water, schools, hospitals, etc. !!!
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