Around 300 Bedouins living in Israel’s?? Negev desert are homeless after Israeli police raided their village & razed their homes.
Some 300 people are now homeless following the destruction of the village of Al-Arakib, which has existed since before Israel was founded in 1948.
The UK’s Guardian newspaper has now published a harrowing video of the demolition. The tape shows Israeli police in riot gear scuffling with unarmed villagers while government bulldozers move in to knock down their houses and agricultural buildings.
Also in the clip, one Bedouin man looks on, lamenting what he calls “a bad government, a bad country, and a bad police.”
The Bedouin of the Negev (Naqab in Arabic) are full Israeli citizens, but some 76,000 of them live in “unrecognized villages” that receive virtually no government services including water, electricity, and sanitation.
The Guardian titled the video “Ethnic cleansing in the Israeli Negev,” as the Bedouin are ethnically Arab and Arabic speaking. Under Israeli development polices, wealthy Jewish towns have been founded in the same areas of the Negev where the Bedouin face desperate conditions.
Source: The Guardian