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Tell your congressperson or senator to speak out against repeated destruction of Al Araqib in the Negev

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Dianne Feinstein

The Government of Israel has demolished Al Araqib village 83 times and levied huge fines and an outrageous lawsuit against the villagers to press them to give up their land. Please ask your senators and representative to press the Government of Israel to withdraw the outrageous fines and lawsuit against the residents of Al Araqib and recognize their right to live on the land they own.

Israel destroys Bedouin village of Al-Araqib for the 78th time

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Al-Araqib, an unrecognized village of the Al-Turi Arab Bedouin tribe (8 km north of Beersheba), being demolished for the 54th time in August 2013. (Photo: Eloise Bollack)

PNN reports: “Israeli forces on Monday razed the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in Negev Desert for the 78th time on the pretext that it had been built illegally, eyewitness said. Local resident told Andalou agency that “Dozens of Israeli forces backed by five bulldozers stormed the village at dawn today and began demolishing homes and other structures, the soldiers were heavily armed. They drove us out under the rain before they demolished our homes for 78th time in four years.””

Bedouin village of al-Araqib demolished for the 70th time despite court proceedings

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The Bedouin village of al-Araqib located in the Naqab desert in southern Israel was destroyed again last Thursday, the 12th of June. It was 70th time the village had been demolished since 2010. Around 350 policemen surrounded the village at 9:30am. The bulldozers destroyed makeshift houses and emptied water tanks around the village’s cemetery where some of the villagers were living […]

Israel demolishes Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 69th time

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Israeli demolish Naqab village for 69th time IMEMC 29 May by Chris Carlson — Israeli soldiers demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Naqab (Negev), for what amounts to the 69th consecutive time, on Thursday, say witnesses …  The villagers of al-Araqib, near Beer Sheba, have called upon the international community and all relevant […]

Israel demolishes Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 66th time

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Israeli forces demolish Bedouin village in Negev for 66th time BEERSHEBA (Ma‘an) 12 Mar — Israeli forces demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 66th time on Wednesday, leaving dozens of people in the open despite heavy rains. A large number of Israeli police and bulldozers surrounded the village in the early morning and demolished all […]

al-Araqib activist: ‘Prison is better for me than being deported’

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Negev activist: Prison better than displacement BEERSHEBA (Ma‘an) 27 Aug — A prominent activist in the Negev village of al-Araqib said Tuesday that he would rather stay in prison than be displaced from his village. Sayah al-Touri was arrested on Monday with three other activists from the Bedouin village, which has been repeatedly demolished by […]

A visit to Al-Araqib, the desert village that refuses to be erased

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The unrecognized village of Al-Araqib Today we take the long drive south to the Naqab (Negev) to tour with Thabet Abu Ras of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel,, to meet with Arab Bedouin communities facing displacement.  I am always learning from the landscape and I am familiar with the […]

Israel razes Al-Araqib for the 45th time

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Araqib village razed for the 45th time The Israeli authorities razed the Araqib village in the Negev desert for the 45th time running claiming that the houses were built without permit.  Land Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement / Apartheid & Occupation New tenders for the construction of housing units […]

Al Araqib demolished for the 39th time

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Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 39th time NEGEV (Ma‘an) 25 June — Israeli bulldozers demolished Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 39th time on Monday, a lawyer said. Israeli forces ‘demolish tents in Tubas’ TUBAS (Ma‘an) 25 June — Israeli forces on Monday demolished Palestinian tents and structures in al-Malih near Tubas, the local council […]

38 and counting: Al Araqib asks Guinness for record of most demolitions carried out by Israel

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Palestinian villagers demand Guinness entry for demolition record  Residents of an Arab village in Israel demanded entry into Guinness World Records for breaking a record in the number of demolitions carried out by Israeli authorities.  The Bedouin village of al-Araqeeb, whose population is estimated at 500, is located in the Negev in southern Israel and […]

Israel destroys al-Araqib for the 38th time

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Israeli authorities raze Araqib village for 38th time NEGEV (PIC) 7 May — The Israeli authorities razed the Palestinian village of Araqib in the Negev desert for the 38th time running. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli army and police forces escorted military bulldozers and heavy tractors and encircled the village. They said that the troops tore […]

Photo essay: Ten months of demolitions in Al Araqib

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September 7, 2010, after the 4th demolition of Al Araqib. (All photos: Ariel Azoff) The village of Al Araqib was entirely demolished for the first time on July 27th, 2010. Early that morning, an estimated 1,500 Israeli police, supported by helicopters and bulldozers, surrounded the village. Within three hours, the Israeli Land Authority (ILA) razed […]

JNF feeling the heat over Al Araqib

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The Jewish National Fund is starting to respond to the critics over its shameful role in the ongoing repeated destruction of the Bedouin village Al Araqib. This is from an email newsletter the JNF’s CEO, Russell Robinson, sent out today: On my most recent trip to Israel I met with one of the Bedouin of […]

Mondo Award Winner: Jillian Kestler-D’Amours on al-Araqib

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This is the first of six Mondo Awards we are rolling out. This entry was first published here in late December, and it wins the Steadfastness Award. Writer Jillian Kestler-D’Amours will receive a half dozen books. For the Indomitable People of al-Araqib It was 6 a.m. when the Israeli police invaded al-Araqib for the third […]

Entry 10: For the indomitable people of al-Araqib

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Entry 10 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest are the people of al-Araqib. It was 6 a.m. when the Israeli police invaded al-Araqib for the third time. Still half-asleep, I stood alongside village residents and Israeli and international activists, trying in vain to stop the impending home demolitions. Thin tarps were ripped from wooden beams, […]

10,000 Palestinians injured since October 1

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The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli soldiers shot Samer Hasan Seriesi, 51, who lies bleeding in photo above, at Za'tara roadblock south of Nablus. He died later. Photo from IMEMC

Violence / Detentions — West Bank, Jerusalem 104 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since October 1 (List) IMEMC 27 Nov — The full list of the 104 Palestinians and 16 Israelis killed since October 1st is below. In the latest numbers on injuries, from this past Friday, November 20th, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that […]

Three Palestinian 16-year-olds killed in one day

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Violence / Detentions — West Bank, Jerusalem 3 more Palestinian teens dead after alleged stabbing incidents Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Monday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, Israel’s army said. An Israeli army spokesperson said that as the Palestinian […]

Three Palestinians, all 22, shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday

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Funeral of Mahmoud Shalalda, from IMEMC

Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians on Friday, and wounded at least 154 others, in clashes in the occupied West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. The dead were Mahmoud Issa Shalalda, 22, from Sa‘ir, Hasan Jihad al-Baw, 22, from Halhoul, and Lafi Yousef Awad, 22, in Budrus.