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  • For Arab citizens, 'Jewish and democratic' means demographic war

    While much of the world justly focuses on land theft in the occupied territories, we must not forget that Israel uses the pretense of 'Jewish and democratic' to actively dispossess its own Arab citizens. Israeli citizens who may be feeling doubtful about the efficiency of their country's institutions should take a hard look at the Jewish Agency's Settlement Division. [tmwinpost] According to Haaretz, the division has set forth a new plan to establish Jewish towns adjacent to Arab communities in the Negev Desert and the Galilee, in such a way that would hamper the development of the latter. The Settlement Division,…

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  • Israel is razing a Bedouin village to build a Jewish-only town on its ruins

    Israeli authorities have promised the courts that the displaced Bedouin residents would have an opportunity to live in the new community. New documents show that is far from the case. Despite assurances made to Israel's High Court of Justice, a new town being built on the ruins of a Bedouin village in southern Israel is intended for Jews only, according to the bylaws of the future town's cooperative association. Israel first notified the residents of Umm al-Hiran, Bedouin citizens of Israel, that it plans to demolish their entire village and build another community in its place 15 years ago. A…

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  • Bedouin village braces for a new round of demolitions

    It has been half a year since Israeli police killed Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an during the demolition of his home. Now the police are back to demolish structures donated to provide shelter to his children. By Yael Marom It has been nearly a year and a half since a police raid on the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran ended in the death of Yacoub Abu Al-Qi'an and police officer Erez Levi, yet Israeli Police have yet to publish the findings of its investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the path is clear for the authorities to continue demolishing the village's homes. This time they are…

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  • Israel aims new Nakba-style weapon at Arab citizens

    A new law paves the way for a fresh wave of home demolitions in Palestinian towns and villages throughout Israel. Its passing is proof that the land grab begun by Israel in 1948 never ended. By Myssana Morany What Jewish Israelis call their War of Independence, Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic. During the 1948 war and its aftermath, Israel depopulated and destroyed 600 Palestinian villages and expelled more than 700,000 Palestinians from the newly-established state in order to open up their land for Jewish settlement. [tmwinpost] But the Israeli campaign to control land has never stopped.…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Israel's disadvantaged live in Amona's shadow

    The government which makes it almost impossible for Palestinian citizens to acquire building permits is the same one that kicked Givat Amal's residents out of their homes, all while coddling the settlers in Amona. By Yaser Abu Areesha About a week ago I visited a friend who got married earlier this year, a childhood friend who always had the sparkle of success in his eyes. He followed the classic path of high school, work, university, joining the job market, and then the cherry on the cake: marrying and starting a small family. A couple of years before he got married, he…

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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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  • 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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