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  • Residents of Bedouin village protest government's forced relocation plan

    An Israeli government plan to forcibly transfer thousands of Bedouin residents out of the Negev village of Al-Zarnug is being met with fierce criticism. By Daniel Beller Around 200 residents of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Zarnug demonstrated in the southern city of Be’er Sheva on Sunday morning in protest at a government plan to forcibly transfer them and the rest of their community to the city of Rahat. The protest, which took place as a local planning committee was meeting to discuss the plan, also included residents of Rahat and members of other Bedouin communities in the Negev. [tmwinpost] To…

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  • Shin Bet detains Arab activists — to stop them from attending funeral

    Three well-known Bedouin activists were detained and interrogated on the way to the funeral of Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an, who was killed by police last week. Attorney Gaby Lasky: 'This has all the marks of a police state.' Israeli police and the security authorities continue to persecute the Arab residents of the Negev. On Tuesday, the Shin Bet detained three well-known Palestinian activists from the area as they were making their way to the funeral of Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an, a resident of the Bedouin village Umm el-Hiran who was shot and killed by police last week. [tmwinpost] The three were detained…

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  • By siding with the police, the media incites against Arab citizens

    The majority of Israeli journalists simply copied the official police version of the deadly events in Umm el-Hiran last week, effectively painting 20 percent of Israeli citizens as terrorists. Kudos to the state: the Israeli media is now taking an active part in the government's incitement. [tmwinpost] Last week we were lucky enough to read news reports so ludicrous that they actually posed a danger to the average thinking mind. It was clear that aside from those who were present at Umm el-Hiran when Yaqub Abu Al-Qi'an was shot to death by police, no one actually knows what exactly happened. Thus, the majority of…

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  • WATCH: Visual analysis undermines police version of events in Umm el-Hiran

    A visual investigation of footage recorded in Umm el-Hiran during an incident that left a Bedouin man and an Israeli police officer dead shows that, contrary to police claims, Israeli forces opened fire on the vehicle before it sped up. Video by Forensic Architecture / Activestills, text by Natasha Roth A visual and aural investigation of two pieces of footage recorded in Umm el-Hiran on Wednesday, during an incident which left a Bedouin man and an Israeli police officer dead, appears to contradict the official police narrative of a car-ramming attack. The Israeli authorities say that the driver of the…

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  • Palestinian MK injured ahead of home demolitions: 'The police are liars'

    Although all evidence points to wounds from sponge-tipped bullets, police claim Joint List head Ayman Odeh was hit by stones thrown by Bedouin protesters in Umm el-Hiran. If the police are proven wrong, it means they shot the leader of the third-largest party in Israel in the face without any justification.  UPDATE: This post was updated with a photo of Ayman Odeh's back showing his injury to be consistent with that of a wound from a sponge-tipped bullet, and that he is filing a complaint with the Department of Internal Police Investigations. The debate continues to rage over the killing of an Israeli police officer and…

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  • Israeli radio host fired after expressing sympathy for slain Bedouin driver

    Is there room in the Israeli public conversation for a Jewish radio program host to express a sense of identification with a Bedouin citizen of Israel? Israel's Army Radio fired a program host on Wednesday afternoon after she expressed empathy for a Bedouin man who was shot and killed during what police said was an attempted terrorist attack on them just hours earlier. [tmwinpost] Khen Elmaleh was dismissed by Army Radio Commander Yaron Deckel after publishing a Facebook status sympathetic to a Bedouin driver whose car struck and killed 34-year-old police officer Erez Levy. "I would also run over a police officer if I…

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  • Two killed in Bedouin village slated to be demolished, replaced with Jewish town

    Police shoot MK Ayman Odeh in the head with sponge-tipped bullet. Conflicting versions emerge of 'car ramming' and shooting that left one officer and a village resident dead. By Yael Marom and Keren Manor Two people were killed and several others wounded when large numbers of police officers entered the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, in southern Israel, to demolish the village at dawn on Wednesday. Police fired tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets, and there were reports of live ammunition as well. Police officers shot and killed a resident of Umm el-Hiran, Yaqub Musa Abu Qi’an, claiming he drove his vehicle and struck and killed…

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  • German bank fights BDS while financing dispossession

    Germany's Bank for Social Economy shut down an account belonging to a Jewish peace group, accusing it of anti-Semitism. Meanwhile, it continues to handle an account belonging to the Jewish National Fund — which actively supports dispossession of Bedouin. By John Brown* In the beginning of December, +972's Haggai Matar revealed that Germany's Bank für Sozialwirtschaft (Bank for Social Economy) had closed an account belonging to Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, a German-based peace group. According to the bank, the organization was part of a campaign that undermined Israel's existence. [tmwinpost] The bank's claims, however,…

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  • Israel strands Bedouin in their own village

    The sudden and unannounced removal of a Bedouin village's only bus stop, by Israel's Transport Ministry, has placed the community under de facto closure. By John Brown* The residents of Umm Batin, a Bedouin village in the south of Israel, were surprised to discover at the beginning of December that the bus stop they use to get to nearby Be’er Sheva had disappeared without warning or explanation. When village residents asked bus drivers — after catching the bus from a stop further away — what was going on, they were told that services to their village had indeed been canceled. Instead,…

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  • Meet the Palestinian man arrested for being sarcastic on Facebook

    Anas Abudaabes, arrested for publishing satirical Facebook posts about people celebrating the wildfires in Israel, talks about how Israeli police tried to humiliate him, and explains why he insists on criticizing Arab society in Israel. Like Ludvik, the protagonist in Milan Kundera’s novel “The Joke,” Anas Abudaabes has discovered firsthand the problems that arise when a regime lacks a sense of humor or irony. Yet Abudaabes, unlike Ludvik, has not lost his own sense of humor, even following his Kafkaesque arrest last week for writing an ironic Facebook post lampooning those who celebrated the fires that were raging across Israel.…

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  • From Umm el-Hiran, the future of Zionism looks bleak

    Israeli authorities delay the demolition of the Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran. But it’s just a matter of time. A regime that by definition privileges one national group at the expense of another, the indigenous group, has no choice but to destroy Umm el-Hiran for the benefit of the Jews waiting to move in. Despite the Israel Land Authority’s (ILA) announcement that it would begin demolishing the Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran Tuesday morning, in order to build a Jewish village in its place, the bulldozers didn’t show up. Instead of standing in front of the bulldozers, dozens of activists…

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  • How Israel is drying out Palestinians in the Jordan Valley

    Next door to the plush Israeli settlements of the Jordan Valley live small Bedouin communities who must struggle for even the smallest bit of water.  By Eitan Kalinski More than 90 percent of the West Bank's Jordan Valley region are Palestinians. Less than 10 percent are Israeli settlers. Yet when it comes to water distribution, it turns out, we see a different distribution: settlers are entitled to between eight and nine times more water, while Palestinian communities are subject to a policy of water deprivation. In fact, this is a policy of ethnic cleansing, whose goal is a Jordan Valley bereft…

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