Amnesty appeal to stop ethnic cleansing of Bedouin
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sun Nov 14 01:08:34 GMT 2010
Amnesty launches appeal to save Bedouin village
Published Friday 12/11/2010 (updated) 13/11/2010 17:26
LONDON (Ma'an) -- Amnesty International launched an urgent appeal
Friday to prevent Israeli forces demolishing a Bedouin village in
The rights group said residents of Al-Araqib village face forcible
eviction and the destruction of their property for the seventh time
since July. The residents are Israeli citizens, and one third of them
are children, a statement from the organization said.
Israeli forces continued to demolish homes in the area, destroying
villagers' attempts to rebuild, Amnesty said, noting that a nearby
mosque was destroyed in recent days.
On 27 July, all 40 homes in the Al-Araqib village were destroyed and
300 residents, all Israeli citizens, were evicted during the raid
after an Israeli court deemed the village illegally built on state
land. The Bedouin residents say they have proof of land ownership,
and have been in court for several years.
At least 200 children were left homeless as a result, as police
removed residents property into prepared containers, and bulldozers
razed buildings and sheepfolds, local activists said in a statement.
Fruit orchards and olive grove trees were destroyed in the process.
Israeli activists who were present at the initial demolition
described the move as an "act of war, such as is undertaken against an enemy."
The village has been rebuilt and destroyed several times over the
summer, most recently on 13 October when the entire village was demolished.
The UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination have both expressed concern over Israel's
policy toward its Bedouin population. In July, UNHRC called on
Israeli authorities to "respect the Bedouin population's right to
their ancestral land and their traditional livelihood based on agriculture."
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