Demolitions & Discrimination against Palestinian Citizens of Israel: The case of Al-Araqib
Date: Mon 17 October 2011
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- Dr. Awad Abu Freih - Al ‘Araqib Popular Committee & Negev Co- existence Forum
- Dr Mansour Nsasra - Politics Department, Exeter University
- Miri Weingarten - EU Advocacy Coordinator for Israel/OPT - Israeli Human Rights Consortium
The Bedouin village of al-‘Araqib in the Negev / Naqab desert in southern Israel has been demolished by the Israeli authorities more than 20 times since July 2010. This is being done to make way for a forest, while nearly 300 Bedouin men, women and children face permanent forced eviction from their homes and land to which they have a long-established claim. Now they cannot even access the land on which they used to live, grow their crops and keep their livestock, and their olive and fruit trees have been uprooted to enable the planting of the new forest which will not benefit them.
Al-‘Araqib is one of more than 40 “unrecognized villages” in Israel whose residents, all Palestinian citizens of Israel, lack security of tenure and public services. Contrary to statements by the authorities, the residents of al-‘Araqib can document their claims to the land dating back to Ottoman times, but the Israeli government has consistently refused to recognise these claims. The villagers have initiated legal proceedings seeking recognition of their traditional land claims. However, some of their court appeals are pending even as the Jewish National Fund (JNF) continues with forestation plans over the villagers’ lands.
Israel needs to find long-term solutions to address the irregular situation of al-'Araqib and the dozens of other unrecognized villages like it. It could start by ending its policy of demolishing these villages and take steps to officially recognise al-‘Araqib and similar villages, at least until there is a resolution to the land claims and a solution which takes into account the needs and human rights of the residents.
|Event Type||Panel discussion|
|Event venue||The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA|
|Time||7pm - 9.30pm|
|Price||Free of charge|
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