Alarming, devastating news that the battle of the Al Araqib Bedouin to remain on their village lands has taken an ominous turn. This from Israeli peace activist, Michael Warshavsky:
Shooting and heavy violence in Al-Arakib: The people of Al-Arakib encircled in the cemetery
The 17th violent eviction of Al-Arakib is now under way.
Special squads unit used heavy violence to force people into the cemetry area. Several people have been wounded; one of them, a child, was taken to hospital, others would not leave the place, fearing they may never return.
The special units shoot into the cemetry area, sowing fear and seeking to provoke people to retaliate, an excuse to break in. Meanwhile, bulldozers are obstructing the exit from the cemtery in the direction of the village.
We have no images from Al-Arakib at the moment, but please spread the word, protest and circulate the video of the previous eviction
And this is from Yaaela Raanan of the Negev Bedouin support group:
It seemed that there were “red lines” even for the police brutality against the Bedouins of the Israeli Negev – while destroying homes that had no possibility for acquiring building permits, arresting people on their village lands in order to make room for JNF trees, beating activists who dared request to see the official papers allowing the brutality – all seemed to be “ok”. but until today – even for the police – the cemetery and the people waiting in the cemetery for the police to leave – were off limits. no more.
After destroying the tents of the village – yet again, the JNF (yes!) bulldozer approached the gate of the cemetery attempting to run it down and destroy it. this was too much for the village people, who are sitting in their community’s cemetery, watching as their village is once more destroyed. As the bulldozer approached the gate, the people went to stop it with their bare hands. Several are injured, including children. They are being evacuated at this moment by ambulances.
The bulldozer has backed away from the gate, and the police and bulldozers are now a few yards away from the cemetery, re-thinking their next move.
Do all you can to stop this horrible escalation of the treatment of the Arab citizens of Israel!!!
How can the Jewish National Fund collaborate in such a pogrom? Yes, what else can you call it? Organized state violence against a helpless minority. Do we not remember how it felt to be treated this way ourselves?
How can JNF’s donors here in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Jewish Diapsora not blanch in shame? This must end. Otherwise, we must do all we can to inform JNF’s donors of what is done in their name to indigenous inhabitants and citizens of the State of Israel.