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Israel demolishes Bedouin village in Negev for 70th time
Published Thursday 12/06/2014 (updated) 14/06/2014 15:25
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BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 70th time, witnesses told Ma'an.

Hundreds of Israeli police officers and special forces deployed in the area at dawn and closed all roads leading to the Negev village.

A large number of residents spent the night inside the village cemetery to try and prevent Israeli bulldozers from demolishing nearby structures.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri told Ma'an that the cemetery would not be destroyed, but several other "illegal" structures were demolished under the supervision of Negev deputy police chief Elan Peretz.

Bedouin MK Taleb Abu Arar, former MK Talab al-Sani and dozens of activists were present in al-Araqib when the demolitions took place.



Israel considers al-Araqib and most other Bedouin villages in the Negev illegal, while Bedouins say it is their ancestral land.

There are about 260,000 Bedouin in Israel, mostly living in and around the Negev in the arid south. More than half live in unrecognized villages without utilities and many also live in extreme poverty.



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1 ) Mel / USA
12/06/2014 17:41
Bravo,to every Bedu!
Quarter of a million Bedouin,expelled from nomadic lands,agriculture,shepherding & trading & forced by Israeli-imposed poverty,hunger,desperation,lack of resource access,& to work as Israeli- occupation auxiliaries against fellow Palestinians.Yet,Israel still treats them horrendously & is now trying to push them all into an ethnic Negev concentration camp(next to African-immigrant camps),with little to no independence! SUMUD Bedouin! 71 times &more! Zionism is the alien!

2 ) Billy Haque / Uk
12/06/2014 20:24
In years to come, will Israel apologise to the Bedouin of the Negev for treating them so unjustly? Australia apologised to the Aboriginal people (not that the apology really wiped out all the inhumane treatment they & their ancestors had suffered).

3 ) Elfalasteen / Indonesia
13/06/2014 10:23
we will take back our land, #Palestine.. even they demolished our homes thousand times, our spirits will never die.. #FreePalestine.. Death to Israhell
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