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Supreme Court Denied Urgent Petition for Immediate Protection for Bedouin Villages


Last Wednesday (16.7), The Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued an urgent petition to the Supreme Court, demanding an immediate protection for the Bedouin recognized and unrecognized villages in the Negev. The petition was issued in the name of a couple of Bedouin residents of the Negev, and a couple of organizations, including NCF.

On Sunday, the court read its decision and stated that: “Under the circumstances it is inevitable to  reject petition in this matter, since there was no excuse for our intervention in the operational decisions of the respondents [the state] that were received in the midst of fighting”.  Alongside the rejection of the petition, the judges added that “in the absence of data we decided not to refer to the ways of use of the Iron Dome. We believe that the protection of this system  is based on practical considerations, without giving any weight to the appearance or non-appearance of settlements on maps”. The Supreme Court denied  the petition for immediate protection for the villages, furter discussion on these issues will take place in the future.


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The Bedouin Unrecognized Villages are not Protected and Have No Sirens – Urgent Petition was Issued to the Supreme Court


There are dozens of recognized and unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev, where tens of thousands of citizens reside. In these villages there are no sirens or shelters. NCF already sent letters to the Home Front Command and the Minister of Defense, demanding to find an immediate solution for these tens of thousands of citizens who are in danger, but we haven’t recieved a response yet.

During the last week, a couple of rockets hit the area of some villages in the Negev, and on Monday (14.7) two sisters, aged 10 and 13, were severely  injured when a rocket hit their village which is unrecognized. On Saturday (19.7), a rocket hit nearby a recognized village, killed a man aged 32, injured 4 of his family members.

On Wednesday (16.7), Thw Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued a petition to the Supreme Court, demaniding an immediate solution for this issue. The petition was issued in the name of a couple of Bedouin residents of the Negev, and a couple of organizations, including NCF.

For the full petition click here (Hebrew)

For an article about the court discussion on Ha’aretz click here (Hebrew)

NCF calls the security authorities to act immediately to secure the villages and to activate sirens in these areas, as well as entire neighborhoods in Jewish and Bedouin towns that are not sufficiently protected.

Demolitions and Arrests in Al-Arakib: Summary of the Passing Week


Thursday, June 12: In the course of the legal proceedings in an attempt to stop the eviction orders, large forces arrived at the cemetery of Al-Arakib. When the court decided to delay the execution, the forces almost completed the destruction. All structures in the cemetery where the residents lived where demolished, water tanks were empty and taken away and the olive trees were already uprooted. The forces granted permission to finish the demolition and during the afternoon they removed the turret of the mosque in the cemetery. During the eviction of ​​the mosque area in order to remove the turret, seven people were arrested. Three minors were released at the smae night. Another activist was arrested in the morning and got released at the afternoon.

Video from the demolition by Silvia Boarini

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Friday, June 13: The Five detainees were brought to court in Be’er sheva, and in the meantime dozens demonstrated outside the courthouse. The court released two of the detainees with no conditions, two were banished from the village for a week, and the arrest of one was extended until Sunday. At the evening police arrived to the village and arrested two minors, one was released that night and the other was released on the next day. Police forces remained in Al-Arakib and they stayed in the village around the clock.


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The destruction of the cemetery compound: Al-Arakib June 12 2014


 At about 10:00 Thursday morning (June 12th), local time, a large contingent of police cordoned off the village, confining residents and activists in the cemetery’s mosque (which was not demolished),while tractors and bulldozers did their devastating work and demolished the houses of the residents in the cemetery compound. With the exception of the graves themselves, the whole compound was demolished, and a caravan used as a learning center and containers were taken away. The forces empty the village’s water tanks, that were later taken too. The rubbles were taken away by lorries, so the site is now empty.

Demolition of the new mosque in Al-Arakib, 12 June 2014

In the early afternoon the police demanded that the area of the old mosque be evacuated in order that the consructors could demolish the improvised minaret. Several residents and activists refused and 7 people were arrested, including Rabbi Arik Asherman of Rabbis for Human Rights. Five of the detainees were not released on Thursday night and were brought to court today, while four of them were released, one will stay in jail until Sunday. During the hearings a big demonstration took place in front of the court.

The residents of Al Arakib are determined not to give up the fight for their right to their ancestral lands. The struggle continues!

 

Petition: Prime Minister of Israel Benyamin Netanyahu; We call on you to stop the eviction of Al-Arakib!


For the last four years, the residents of Al-Arakib conduct an ongoing struggle against the demolition of their village by Israeli authorities. On March 10 this year, inspectors and policemen entered the village’s cemetery area, where the residents live these days, and took photos. On Wednesday, May 21, a representative of the Israeli Execution Office (Hotza’a Lapo’al) arrived at the cemetery, handed out an eviction order to the Sheikh of the village, and posted another seven orders on an old structure. Already on Sunday, May 24, police officers from the south district arrived at the village and wandered around its cemetery, probably in order to plan the eviction.

The order sets a “flexible eviction”, from June 12 to July 12

Sign the petition - Prime Minister of Israel Benyamin Netanyahu; We call on you to stop the eviction of Al-Arakib


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Israeli Supreme Court offers a conciliation process to achieve a fair solution on Bedouin lands case


Israeli Supreme Court offers a conciliation process to achieve a fair solution on Bedouin lands case; state must answer in two weeks whether it agrees to conciliation on Araqib lands
At the end of long deliberation at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, the court suggested the holding of a conciliation process in order to reach a fair solution on the question of Bedouin land ownership at Al Araqib , northwest of Beersheba.
The judges expressed their displeasure with the extremely long delay in dealing with claims filed by the Bedouins over fifty years ago , and suggested that negotiations be conducted for six months between the Ukbi tribes people the state authorities, in order to achieve “a fair solution”.
Attorney Michael Sfard, representing the al-Ukbis, proposed to establish a process of conciliation. The judges were favorably inclined to this proposal, but state representatives sought a month’s extension before answering. Ultimately, the court ruled that the state must present its position regarding conciliation within two weeks.


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Join the Struggle of Al-Arakib: All the Details


For the last four years, the residents of Al-Arakib conduct an ongoing struggle against the demolition of their village by Israeli authorities. On March 10 this year, inspectors and policemen entered the village’s cemetery area, where the residents live these days, and took photos. On Wednesday, May 21, a representative of the Israeli Execution Office (Hotza’a Lapo’al) arrived at the cemetery, handed out an eviction order to the Sheikh of the village, and posted another seven orders on an old structure. Already on Sunday, May 24, police officers from the south district arrived at the village and wandered around its cemetery, probably in order to plan the eviction.

Sheikh Sayach Abo Madegam A-Turi, the Sheikh of Al-Arakib

The order sets a “flexible eviction”, from June 12 to July 12
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Even the dead face eviction at Al-Arakib


Sheikh Sayach Al-Turi holds the eviction order he receivedSheikh Sayach Al-Turi holds the eviction order he received

On 21 May 2014, 8 eviction orders were pasted onstructures in the cemetery at Al-Arakib and one was handed out to Sheikh Sayach Al-Turi, the Sheikh of the village. The eviction is to be effected between 12 June and 12 July – a “flexible eviction”. Some of the orders have been issued against persons who are no longer living and are buried in the cemetery, as well as against people no longer resident in the village. Despite some 63 demolitions of the village since 2010, the cemetery, with several homes and other structures within its confines, including a small improvised mosque and minaret for calling people to prayer, has so far been left untouched by the authorities. However, last March various authorities entered the perimeter and photograph the buildings for the first time.  This latest order is a new and very disturbing development with far reaching implications beyond the confines of Al-Arakib itself. It could cause a conflagration throughout the Negev.


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Join us in a solidarity visit to the village of Awajan Where KKL-JNF has begun invasive forestry activity


Negev Coexistence Forum | Adalah | The Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages | Recognition Forum-For the Recognition of the Bedouin Villages | Tarabut-Hithabrut

Join us in a solidarity visit to the village of Awajan Where KKL-JNF has begun invasive forestry activity

On Saturday 15.07.14 at 11:00

JNF-KKL works in the village of Awajan. 13 May 2014

We will make a solidarity visit, take a tour of the village and environs and carry out additional activities


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State will not Destroy the Village of Alsira: The District Court Denied State’s Appeal


In 2006, the state of Israel issued demolition orders for all of the houses of the Bedouin unrecognized village of Alsira. On the ground, such a massive demolition would erase the whole village. After a long struggle, in 2011, the magistrates court of Kiryat Gat canceled these orders. Last week, the district court of Be’er Sheva denied the state’s appeal against the decision. The judge, Tali Haimovitch, wrote:

“This is an ancient village, that was established before the establishment of the state, and since then stayed in its place with no interruption… in order to uproot 350 people from their home and make them homeless, the public interest must be significant and strong”.