Breaking: Israeli bulldozer, soldiers destroy entire Bedouin community near Anata in West Bank

Israel/Palestine
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Beit Arabiya photo by Keren Manor
A family of 7 lived in this house near Anata, which was destroyed by Israelis tonight. photo by Keren Manor of Active Stills.org

A tragic night in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers accompanied a bullodozer as it destroyed all the buildings in a Bedouin community near Anata, northeast of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

“People are somber, traumatized, and griefstricken,” says Itay Epshtain of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. (ICAHD) who operate a center on the site called Beit Arabiya, which was also destroyed. “Nearly 100 people are out in the elements now on a cold night. Children, babies, mothers, fathers. Some of us from ICAHD did try to block the bulldozer, but we were beaten back by soldiers.”

The community was first hit with a demolition order in 1994, but it has been regularly targeted by the occupation forces in recent years since ICAHD set up a facility there in an effort to protect the people.

The Bedouin community is in Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the West Bank.

Epshtain says the demolition was launched at 11:30 p.m. tonight and is part of a government policy of ethnic expulsion in Area C, aimed at forcing Bedouins into the largely-urban areas of Area A, where they will be under Palestinian Authority control.

We will keep you posted on the fate of the people of Beit Arabiya, who are in our thoughts and prayers tonight.

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  1. Annie Robbins
    January 23, 2012, 6:33 pm

    god help these people

    • Blake
      January 23, 2012, 9:23 pm

      More ethnic cleansing. Despicable.

    • Mndwss
      January 24, 2012, 3:20 pm

      god help these people?

      I don’t even think the spaghetti monster can help these people.

      People will have to help these people.

  2. pabelmont
    January 23, 2012, 7:02 pm

    One day, perhaps, right will make might.

  3. radii
    January 23, 2012, 7:37 pm

    more to come … in an increasing wave – the neocons and zio-fascists are all about “creating facts on the ground” and don’t care if those include ruined lives, terrible crimes and dead bodies of the innocent if they’ve made strategic gains by doing so

  4. Avi_G.
    January 23, 2012, 11:31 pm

    Epshtain says the demolition was launched at 11:30 p.m. tonight and is part of a government policy of ethnic expulsion in Area C, aimed at forcing Bedouins into the largely-urban areas of Area A, where they will be under Palestinian Authority control.

    It’s part of the on-going process of ghettoization. Israel did it inside the Green Line where it has corralled Palestinian villages and cities into isolated blocks, islands, economically dependent on nearby Jewish towns for sustenance as Israel continues to confiscate more and more agricultural land, thus forcing Palestinians in Israel to become laborers instead of being land-owners with a product to sell.

    Once the Palestinians in the occupied territories are corralled into the major cities, Israel can then lock the gates along the apartheid wall and throw away the key if it so wishes.

    Then the two state solution will have come true; there will be Eretz Yisrael which will extend from the river to the sea, and in the middle there will be blobs of Palestinianism that will be starved and drained until they become so desperate they either leave for Jordan or become slaves to their Israeli masters as many Palestinian construction workers are already forced to work on building Jewish-only colonies on occupied land.

    50 dollars says that so-called world leaders would still be talking about the two-state solution and Thomas Friedman along with Uri Avnery would write optimistic columns reveling in the economic boom in Ramallah and in the potential for a better society.

    You wanted context, well there’s your context.

    P.S. – Phil, it would be nice if next time I asked for a comment deletion that the request was actually fulfilled instead of that comment being treating as the sole intellectual property of Mondoweiss.net

    • seafoid
      January 24, 2012, 5:12 am

      Once the Palestinians in the occupied territories are corralled into the major cities, Israel can then lock the gates along the apartheid wall and throw away the key if it so wishes. ”

      “It’s a lovely Zionist fantasy , Avi but it’s hopelessly deluded. If Israel was a stable country it might be different. But it’s full of ferment and communities climbing over each other and has an out of control orthodox population, settlers who don’t pay for anything and a dwindling % of educated secular kids to take over the whole mess over the next 20 years. Zionism is all about movement – the fuel is US and Diaspora political cover and foreign trade , mostly with europe. None of these are viable long term . The machine has already destroyed much of what holds Israeli society together and Israel can’t take another 20 years of attrition – the time that would be required to finish the job with the bantustans. and even if they did herd them all into ghettoes they still wouldn’t have solved the palestinian problem

      Israel has NEVER EVER been in a state of equilibrium and it is entirely due to the failure to honestly address the Palestinian issue. The constant movement is impressive up close- all that certainty, the mercilessness, the machines, the contempt for history and culture – but it is because Israel can never stop, because if it stops it falls apart. There will never be a Zionist equilibrium.

      This observer has been posting on the haaretz site for the last 7 or 8 years.

      Concise and to the point

      3. Let’s Face It
       Yaakov Sullivan
      zionism is already out of business. It is simply not supportable.

      • Walid
        January 25, 2012, 5:42 am

        “zionism is already out of business. It is simply not supportable”

        I wish you were right, seafoid, but Zionism is as strong as ever and no one is keeping it alive as much as the Arabs themselves, so how can anyone expect an improvement to the Palestinian situation? As if it’s not enough that most Arab states are falling over each other to normalize relations with these misfits, now it’s being announced that for this year’s annual convention that discusses new and improved ways to screw the Palestinians at Herzliya the week of Jan 30th, one of the speakers will be from Qatar (head of Brookings’ Doha branch, of course) another speaker will be the Palestinians’ super negotiator of Palestine Papers fame, Saeb Erekat and there will be others representing Egypt and Jordan. Meanwhile the bulldozers continue doing their merry work in Area C. Maybe at this year’s conference, Caterpillar will introduce an improved version of the D9 able to destroy Palestinian villages that much faster; after all this is what the Herzliya annual jamboree is all about; innovations. You’ll remember the Herzliya of a couple of years back where Martin Kramer told the gathering that Gaza children should be starved to avoid letting them grow up to become terrorists.

      • Shingo
        January 25, 2012, 8:08 am

        I wish you were right, seafoid, but Zionism is as strong as ever and no one is keeping it alive as much as the Arabs themselves, so how can anyone expect an improvement to the Palestinian situation?

        Take heart Walid,

        Many of us thoguht the same way about the US after the Iraq invasion. I remember even John Pilger saying that there was no way to stop the US becasue they were too powerful and too wealthy, but look at the US today? They’ve been kicked out of Iraq and are stuck in a quagmire in Afghanistan ie. losing.

        While it may appear that Zionism is as strong as ever, in actual fact, Zionism is simply fighting harder than ever to hold onto power. The status quo is much more fragile adn vulnerable that most of us realize.

        As for Martin Kramer, is he even relevant anymore? I never even see his name mentioned these days.

  5. ToivoS
    January 24, 2012, 2:32 am

    I understand why the Israelis drove the farmer and village Palestinians out of their lands in 1948 and 1967. That is perfectly understandable since a Zionist state required a majority of Jews. In fact, during those periods of ethnic cleansings they hired the Bedouins as mercenaries to carry out those policies. It was a natural thing to do: the Bedouins were the natural enemies of their more sedentary neighbors. The ancient conflict between a herder society and a farmer society.

    What I do not understand that given the many years of service that the Bedouins provided to the Zionist enterprise, why are the Zionist turning against them now? To this day, Bedouins serve in the IDF. The Israelis have been so clever in dividing Palestinians against themselves but with these actions they are willing to push the Bedouins into alliance with their fellow native citizens.

    To answer my question: of course they can abandon the Bedouins — they no longer need them since they now have on their side the world’s only super power.

  6. seafoid
    January 24, 2012, 5:02 am

    Another small defenceless shtetl and the Cossacks have come for a pogrom .
    I thought the Jews left this behind when they made aliyah to Israel

    • Miriam
      January 24, 2012, 5:11 pm

      There are no defenseless shtetls and Cossacks in Florida, New York, New Jersey, etc…..where many of these Jews, committing these ruthless acts, are from. Just sayin’.

    • chocopie
      January 24, 2012, 7:16 pm

      I went to see Fiddler on the Roof recently and it occurred to me that some theater company ought to mount the play with Palestinian villagers and Israeli soldiers.

      Watching the play made me feel ill. However true the original stories were, in today’s world the play looks like a barefaced lie. Today, we all know who would lament: “After a lifetime, a piece of paper and get thee out.” Wouldn’t Tevya be amazed.

      • seafoid
        January 25, 2012, 4:00 am

        That is a fantastic idea

  7. seafoid
    January 24, 2012, 11:39 am

    Breaking is physical – destroying homes , bombing infrastructure , snapping limbs in torture

    and it is mental – raping prisoners, solitary confinement for minors, denying basic rights
    and it is all part of the same system and without it there could be no Israel.
    So how long before the Diaspora figures it out?

    • Mivasair
      January 25, 2012, 3:02 am

      Seafoid, the Diaspora is figuring it out. The official Diaspora organizations are very scared that more and more Jews will abandon them. Look at their frantic efforts to convince us otherwise.

  8. Mivasair
    January 25, 2012, 3:01 am

    See Salim Shawamra speaking in English earlier today about what was done to his family last night. http://t.co/y36giXYO

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