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The unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Araqib was in court Wednesday, where the state of Israel argued the southern desert town must pay $500,000 [2 million Israeli Shekels] to cover the cost of demolitions, and more than 1,000 police deployed to carry out the destruction. Since 2010 al-Araqib has been razed to the ground 83 times, more than any other locality in Israel.

In Israel around half of the Bedouin population, 90,000 Arab-Palestinians herders, live in towns the state does not view as legitimate. Without “recognition,” these villages are pre-approved for demolition. In al-Araqib’s case additional legal battles over land ownership prompted Israel to issue the entire desert hamlet the mass eviction order. The state claims it legally expropriated the territory using Ottoman code still on the books during the 1950s. Al-Araqib’s residents still have copies of their old deeds and say they are valid and up to date.

While individual owners have been charged with the cost of demolishing a home in the past, this is the first case in Israel’s history where an entire town was told it must pay for its destruction. In instances when Israel demolished settlements, outposts the state viewed as illegally construction in the West Bank, those Jewish-Israeli towns were never later given a bill.

“[Jewish] Israelis were never sued before for the cost of these demolitions,” Khaled Sawalhi, an attorney representing al-Araqib, told me. Sawalhi has tried dozens of demolitions cases throughout his career. He underscored al-Araqib is unique in that could set a costly precedent for 45 other unrecognized villages facing demolition where land ownership is contested.

Israel has demolished more than 27,000 homes in the occupied Palestinian territory since its occupation began in 1967. When the state demanded Palestinians pay for the razing of the structures, the Civil Administration or the city of Jerusalem set the fees. In al-Araqib’s case, the fee is being demanded by the Israeli Lands Administration, a government agency that oversees state owned plots, and that is the plaintiff in a petition filed by the village.

“There is no justice in the way the state is handling it. We have proof that this land is theirs and that it is private property,” Sawalhi said.

After more demolitions than any other village in Israel, and rebuilding their homes just as many times, al-Araqib’s residents are now cramped in tents between gravestones. Since the demolitions began more than a decade ago, residents have moved into the town’s cemetery. Villagers do not see resting next to a headstone as morbid; camping is regarded as a creative measure to pose a challenge to Israel’s frequent demolitions.

“I hope that Ayman Odeh [a leading politician and head of the Joint Arab List] will do something,” al-Araqib resident Aziz Abu Madegam, 41, told Mondoweiss, lamenting, “I don’t believe that in this government he can change Israel’s politics.”

Abu Madegam was born and raised in al-Araqib and is one of the town’s most prominent activists against the demolitions. He lives in a small tent in the graveyard with his wife and six children. They own a car, and sometimes Abu Madegam sleeps there when the weather turns cold and rainy. His youngest son, age three, is named al-Araqib after the village. “He was born at the same time, the same minute that they [Israel] demolished al-Araqib,” Abu Madegam said.

Aside from the demolitions Abu Madegam’s family is constantly entangled in legal woes. The state dropped criminal charges against Abu Madegam’s father for “forcibly taking control” of al-Araqib’s land “failing to obey orders to leave the land,” last February.

In a separate case pressed by the Israeli Lands Administration, Abu Madegam is one of ten al-Araqib residents charged with a combined $1,300 [5,000 NIS] in daily fines. Those damages are for “arona,” or back rental fees in which the state has demanded payment even though the question of who owns the land has been locked up in court for years. Al-Araqib’s residents see these battles as attempts by Israel to drive them off of their land permanently.

Abu Madegam will be back in court this fall in late September– when the $500,000 penalty trial opens.


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  1. pabelmont on May 9, 2015, 10:45 am

    The villagers must apply, loudly and with as much fanfare and help as possible, for a grant from the EU to pay the fine and to pay for rebuilding.

    This is a quintessential Israeli crime which can understood on many levels — but one of those levels is that it is a test of EU (and USA for that matter) tolerance for Israeli state terrorism and state theft, here theft from indigenous people who waive land deeds.

    If the people of EU learn of this (the learning is of course of great importance) and rear up on their hind legs and demand that their countries pay this fine for the Bedouins, there may be a foo-fur-ah which might [1] stop Israel in its tracks, [2] get the EU to recognize the essential racist continuation of the Nakba, now 67 years after 1948, as something that must be recognized as such, commented upon, and stopped.

    BTW, even though many countries say, from time to time, that they recognize Israel as a state with a defined territory and define that territory as Israel-48, Israel itself clearly doers not do so, as its asserted or so-called annexations of Golan and East Jerusalem show clearly. that being the case, Israel has no foot to stand upon to support a claim that the Negev is “Israeli territory” and that it has a right to dispose of it as it wishes. The Negev, as all of Israel, is occupied territory only, and all countries should start to refer to it that way until peace treaties define actual agreed and recognized borders.

    • pabelmont on May 9, 2015, 11:05 am

      I meant “wave land deeds”, not “waive land deeds”.

      • RoHa on May 9, 2015, 8:25 pm

        The Beduin wave. The Israelis waive.

    • RebuildingAll on May 12, 2015, 12:05 am

      Pabelmont, there’s no way Al Araqib or anyone in the world should pay these outrageous fines — instead, help them pay their lawyer and fight the fines in the Israeli courts and the court of world opinion.

      Amos Gvirtz, on his recent speaking tour sponsored by Rebuilding Alliance, used his speaking events to raise funds to help Al Araqib legal defense fund; raise funds to rent a bus to get activists to the village (everyone is safer when friends are there); and raise funds for Dukium to teach the youth and women in Al Araqib and 2 more villages to use cameras to tell their own story.

      Amos Gvirtz wrote, “One of the most important lessons from World War II is that we should not tolerate racism anywhere. Especially in the Jewish State, we must affirm each person’s
      common humanity, whether Jewish or not, and uphold everyone’s basic human rights.”

      If you or other readers and commentators would like to contribute to the Al Araqib Human Rights Fund please send a tax-deductible donation to Rebuilding Alliance, 178 S. Blvd., San Mateo CA 94402 with Al Araqib in the subject line. We’ve done our homework and we’re partnering with the Human Rights Defenders Fund and Dukium in support of Al Araqib — good people.

  2. just on May 9, 2015, 11:02 am

    I am rooting around in my brain for an analogy to this torture, but I can’t find it. Is it akin to forcing a violently raped woman to carry the product of the rape to term and love it with ferocity ’til the end of time and thank the rapist, the judge, and the jury for the pleasure?

    “After more demolitions than any other village in Israel, and rebuilding their homes just as many times, al-Araqib’s residents are now cramped in tents between gravestones. Since the demolitions began more than a decade ago, residents have moved into the town’s cemetery. Villagers do not see resting next to a headstone as morbid; camping is regarded as a creative measure to pose a challenge to Israel’s frequent demolitions.” – See more at:

    Tragic though it truly is, I find it somehow fitting that they and their progeny take their living sleep with their forebears.

    Shame doesn’t begin to describe what Israel is doing/has done. Violent and illegal ethnic cleansing comes close.

    Donna Baranski- Walker wrote here:

    “Tell your congressperson or senator to speak out against repeated destruction of Al Araqib in the Negev” – See more at:

    • Blake on May 10, 2015, 3:11 am

      Our surreal is the Palestinian reality under these cruel sadistic occupiers.

    • Elisabeth on May 11, 2015, 3:11 am

      Just, what came to my mind is the Chinese practice of making families of people executed by the state pay for the bullet, if they want to reclaim the body.

  3. gamal on May 9, 2015, 11:49 am

    Thats only $6,024 dollars a shot, good deal, you try demolishing your village for less. They could probably lower their unit costs by putting in a pre-order for say 200 demolitions.

  4. justicewillprevail on May 9, 2015, 12:25 pm

    In the grotesque Kafka world that is Israel, the victims must pay for their own extinction. They are already camping in a graveyard, thanks to Israel. Now they are being charged before Israel buries them there. What a fine principle, a new high in vindictive, despotic cruelty. israelis must be proud. Indigenous people are not only cleared off their own land, out of their own houses, but driven to the edge of their graves, from where they must pay Israel for this remarkable privilege. What fine minds have laboured long and hard to devise this exquisitely cruel denouement to their campaign of ethnic cleansing. They cannot break their spirit of resistance, they cannot win legally, except by adopting laws they don’t live by themselves, so let’s break them financially, before jailing, assaulting and cleansing them from their own village. Israel has surely few rivals for premeditated sadism towards people who offer no threat to them. They just have the wrong parents. What a sick regime. Makes apartheid look gentle and caring.

    • bintbiba on May 9, 2015, 2:10 pm

      “Israel has surely few rivals for premeditated sadism towards people who offer no threat to them. They just have the wrong parents. What a sick regime. Makes apartheid look gentle and caring. -” See more at:

      Sadism cynically and unbelievably applied with such refinement !!

    • Qualtrough on May 10, 2015, 4:57 am

      “In the grotesque Kafka world that is Israel, the victims must pay for their own extinction.” — justicewillprevail.

      In one of those strange quirks of history, Zionists have once again ripped a page out of the Nazi playbook:

      “Most of the Jews were forced to pay for their own deportations, particularly wherever passenger carriages were used. This payment came in the form of direct money deposit to the SS in light of the “resettlement to work in the East” myth. Charged in the ghettos for accommodation the adult Jews paid full price one-way tickets, while children under 10–12 years of age paid half price. Those who were running out of money in the ghetto were loaded onto trains to the East as first, while those with some remaining supplies of gold and cash were shipped as last.

      The SS forwarded part of this money to the German Transport Authority to pay the German Railways for transport of the Jews. The Reichsbahn was paid the equivalent of a third class railway ticket for every prisoner transported to their destination: 8,000,000 passengers 4 Pfennig per track kilometer, times 600 km (average voyage length), equaled 240 million Reichsmarks. Children under four went free.[22]

      The Reichsbahn pocketed both this money and their own share of the cash paid by the transported Jews after the SS fees. According to an expert report established on behalf of the German “Train of Commemoration” project, the receipts taken in by the state-owned Deutsche Reichsbahn for mass deportations in the period between 1938 and 1945 reached a sum of US $664,525,820.34.”

      Source:, citing:

      Train of Commemoration (November 2009). Expert Report on the Deutsche Reichsbahn‘s Receipts (PDF FILE, DIRECT DOWNLOAD 740 KB FROM WAYBACK MACHINE). Obtained during the Nazi Dictatorship for Services in Transporting Persons from the German Reich and Occupied Areas of Europe to Concentration Camps (in German, English, French, and Polish) (Train of Commemoration Registered, Non-Profit Association, Berlin). Retrieved 4 February 2014. “With payment summaries, tables and literature.”

  5. Kris on May 9, 2015, 12:57 pm

    So Israel is unique among the nations in forcing its victims to pay for their own ethnic cleansing?

    OK, Yonah, et al, this is your cue to start whining that pointing this out contributes to hateful stereotyping and “antisemitism.”

  6. just on May 9, 2015, 1:20 pm

    “BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Dozens of Palestinian families living in the Bedouin Abu Nuwwar village to the east of Jerusalem will be forced from their land in less than a month, locals told Ma’an on Saturday.
    Israeli authorities are evacuating the families to clear way for the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, which lies to the west of Abu Nuwwar.

    Abu Nuwwar is one of several Bedouin villages facing evacuation due to plans by Israeli authorities to build thousands of homes for Jewish-only settlements in the so-called E1 corridor, despite international outcry.

    Settlement construction in E1 would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state — as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict — almost impossible.

    The most recent plans in E1 will see Bedouin families forced from 389 dunams (98 acres) of land, which will be used to build more than 1,500 settler homes. …

    …The representative urged them to move to the other location, telling them that Israel had leveled the area in order to set up 34 mobile houses for Bedouin families, adding that another location would be earmarked for more Bedouin families at a later stage.

    An Israeli Civil Administration officer previously stated that three tracts of land measuring 500 square meters each were being prepared to absorb 34 Bedouin families. The preparation of each tract of land had cost 230,000 shekels, the officer said.

    The Bedouin families said that they will turn down any Israeli offer and will remain in their land in Abu al-Nuwwar.

    Israeli action in E1 has attracted widespread international condemnation, President Mahmoud Abbas saying that “E1 is a red line that cannot be crossed.”

    “Mobile houses” in exchange for a person’s heritage and identity?

    • pabelmont on May 9, 2015, 7:06 pm

      “making 2SS impossible” is just hogwash. If Israel is allowed to maintain its settlements, then it may of course prevent 2SS. that’s true. But it’s a big “if”. If Israel is not strong-armed, it’ll be apartheid til the heavens fall. And no 2SS.

      OTOH, if Israel is strong-armed, then it will presumably do whatever the strong arm demands. That would be the theory. And I cannot imagine a “power” (EU, UNSC, whatever) going to all the trouble to force Israel to do a negligible thing. Removing all or most settlement buildings and settlers is what I’d expect any strong-arming-power to demand. And that is not a negligible thing.

      But it is not the “E1” settlements or any other settlements that seem to make 2SS impossible. It is that blessed love-child, Israel.

      • just on May 9, 2015, 8:11 pm


        The 2SS has been a cruel joke and charade, courtesy of Israel and its big brother.

  7. eljay on May 9, 2015, 2:28 pm

    The unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Araqib was in court Wednesday, where the state of Israel argued the southern desert town must pay $500,000 [2 million Israeli Shekels] to cover the cost of demolitions, and more than 1,000 police deployed to carry out the destruction. Since 2010 al-Araqib has been razed to the ground 83 times, more than any other locality in Israel.

    On the bright side, the people of al-Araqib haven’t been charged the cost of the bullets used to kill them.


  8. amigo on May 9, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Just when you think youv,e heard it all , Israel raises the bar on sadistic behaviour.

    “A sadistic person is one who gets pleasure from the pain and misery of a human being.

    It’s actually quite strange. Speaking from experience, sadistic pleasure is the most euphoric pleasure you can get sexually. Honestly, there’s nothing more satisfying, if you are in the right mood, than seeing the horrendous suffering and humiliation of a victim. It will make you feel like god. Like in control. It will make you taste the victim’s blood, and it’s sooooo sweet! After being accommodated with sadism, no typical porn can even satisfy you. Regular sex is sometimes just not strong enough. You’ll want to tear the pretty girl apart!”

    Expect the ziosadists to get worse.

    • just on May 9, 2015, 4:33 pm


      It’s truly incomprehensible how otherwise ok humans can even think that supporting ‘Israel no matter what’ is hunky- dory, normal, or the right thing to do.

    • pabelmont on May 9, 2015, 7:09 pm

      I do so expect. And I am so sad to see the rest of the nations allowing this sadism without taking a strong action to stop it. It’s like those cultures which think (the men think) it’s OK for men to beat/rape their wives. the police and courts do not intervene. In the case of I/P, the UNSC and EU and USA just treat it like the most natural of things, “That is what governments do, my dear!” they explain.

  9. Mayhem on May 9, 2015, 9:00 pm

    These Bedouin settlements are eye-sores – a blight on the landscape. They cause ecological damage, including destruction of natural habitat, disruption of ecological corridors, introduction of exotic and weedy species, introduction of domesticated species.

    The potential impacts of such uncontrolled Bedouin settlements are:
    – they damage the amount and continuity of open space
    – they cause ecological damage, including destruction of natural habitat, disruption of
    ecological corridors, introduction of exotic and weedy species, introduction of
    domesticated species
    – they lead to an inefficient use of infrastructures, as individual settlements require high per/capita investment in roads, electric wires, and water pipes that are an unwarranted strain on limited economic resources.
    – they represent environment injustice, in that public lands become effectively privatized and the broader public loses access to land.
    While far more politically sensitive, the environmental impact of Bedouin settlement, similar to that of low density Jewish homesteads, is arguably far broader in scope due to sheer numbers. In general, the conflict between land ownership and the people who live on the land, together with the difficulties in managing marginal, economically and politically isolated minorities leads to rapid environmental degradation.
    In Israel, the proliferation of illegal building within the Bedouin sector is a striking and environmentally significant outcome of this conflict and it underlies the importance of linking environmental management to broader issues of social and environmental justice, which the pro-Palestinian brigade don’t consider, preferring to concentrate on their single-minded, insanely anti-Israel political agenda.

    • just on May 9, 2015, 10:39 pm

      Mayhem~ thanks for your very long, very disingenuous, very racist and wholly disrespectful commentary.

      It’s precious irony that you write of pollution, blight, ugliness, the environment, social justice, ecology, natural habitat, and ‘continuity of open space’. It’s concern trolling at its finest, and ‘blaming the victim’ 101 with more than a soupçon of what Rachelle Friesen wrote of here:

      “The logic of settler colonialism as seen in the life of a tour guide from Jerusalem” – See more at: .

      Israel is the actual destroyer of all that is natural and beautiful and indigenous to Palestine, and it’s still trying to erase the Palestinians and their history.

      Not. going. to. happen.

    • oldgeezer on May 10, 2015, 3:35 am

      Great send up Mayhem. Not that you are believable for the amount of time it takes to a single breath intake.

      If you had half a concern about the environment in the region you wouldn’t be supporting Israel which destroys the water resources through over use as well as contaminating it through the destruction of sewage systems.

      zionists love balance, come back when you have some.

      • catalan on May 10, 2015, 9:09 am

        “Israel which destroys the water resources through over use ” Oldgeezer
        Shocking for an American to criticize Israeli supposed overuse of water. Check this link
        Israeli water use per capita 282 cu m. U.S. Water use per capita 1583 cu m. Seven times more! Also, your Arab friends in Saudi – 928 cu m., or four times as much as Israelis. The Emirates, also in the arid region, 739 cubic meters, or three times as much.
        By these standards, Israel appears extremely economical with their water, despite an enormous agricultural sector. See what hatred does? You can’t see the splinter in your own eye. Or is that “whataboutery”?

      • oldgeezer on May 10, 2015, 10:26 am


        I’m not an American. I also don’t count SA as friends in any way. So sad to see such brilliance wasted by flailing about.

        Some countries are richer than others. Some have better weather. Some have more resources. The simple fact is that Israel uses more water resources than it’s environment can sustain. And it has largely destroyed Palestinian water resources in the process. Palestinian water resources and not Israeli. I didn’t put Israel where it is so don’t blame me for it’s lack of water. In return I won’t blame you, or Israel, for my crappy weather since you didn’t put me where I am.

      • catalan on May 10, 2015, 10:50 am

        “I’m not an American.” Oldgeezer
        Where are you from? Also, my “brilliance” is in accounting, not politics. I think every person is brilliant in something, and you must be too.
        Anyway, you said you have bad weather and that got me curious. Canada?

      • Mooser on May 10, 2015, 12:41 pm

        Wow, the Moderators here are merciless. I see they’ve decided to stop doing Mayhem any favors, either.

      • just on May 10, 2015, 1:58 pm

        Lots of Israel’s water is stolen from the Palestinians!

        Lands around springs and wells is mined:

        “Israel establishes new landmine field near Hebron IMEMC/Agencies 8 May — Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Yatta Rateb Jabour stated Thursday that the Israeli army planted a new field of explosives, and fenced it, east of Yatta city, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. Jabour said the new landmine field was planted in the Um Lasfa and Khallet al-Mayya areas, close to the Abu Shaban Well that was recently repaired and rehabilitated by an international organization that also funded a new water tank structure for the use of the Palestinian villagers.” – See more at:

        “Israel plants mines around water spring, deprives shepherds of main water source HEBRON (WAFA) 7 May – Israeli forces Thursday planted explosive mines and placed barbed wire around a water spring in Um Lasfeh area to the south of Hebron, depriving locals of a main water source used by shepherds for grazing purposes, said a local activist. Coordinator of the anti wall and settlement national committee, Rateb Jabour, informed WAFA that Israeli forces planted mines and placed a 250-square-meter long [stretch of] barbed wire around the spring, preventing locals’ access to it” – See more at:

        “Israel destroys Palestinian wells in West Bank while drilling more wells for settlers” – See more at:

        Some is poisoned by Israel:

        “Fayez Tneeb, 50, marveled at his organically grown banana tree even though it is failing and rooted in a waste water stream. He and his wife Mona, 50, are proprietors of Hakoritana Farm in Tulkarm, located in the northern West Bank only 100 meters from Israel. For the Tneebs, harvesting pesticide-free agriculture that they take to a local market is a constant struggle. The couple’s plot of land is caught between an Israeli factory that manufactures fertilizers and agrochemicals, and Israel’s separation barrier.

        The factory, owned by Geshuri and Sons Industries, does not have a functional sewage system. The waste seeps out from under the brick walls that line the industrial zone where it is housed. It then spills onto the Tneeb’s farmland. The toxic stream ought to be taken through piping into Israel’s sewers. Yet, the Israeli separation wall blockades the toxic runoff from reaching sewers on the other side. And so the pesticide waste floods onto the Tneeb’s organic groves.”

        – See more at:

        There’s tons more information right here at MW just in case you ever develop an appetite for the truth. btw, Mayhem was not writing about the US.

      • amigo on May 10, 2015, 2:17 pm

        “By these standards, Israel appears extremely economical with their water, despite an enormous agricultural sector.” catalan.

        Much of it is not their water.It is stolen from the indigenous natives.

        “Water resources
        Division in the Oslo II Accord

        The 1995 Oslo II Accord allows the Palestinians in the West Bank the use of up to 118 million cubic meters (mcm) water per year. 80 mcm was supposed to come from to drill new wells. However, the PWA was able to drill new wells for only 30 mcm at the expense of the existing springs and wells.[14][15] In the Oslo II Accord, the Israelis are allotted four times the Palestinian portion or 80% of the West Bank resources.[16] However, 94% (340 mcm) of the Western Aquifer was allotted to the Israelis for use within Israel.[15] The allowed quantities have not been adapted after the end of the supposed five years interim period. The parties established the Joint Water Committee to carry out the provisions of the concerning artikel 40 of Annex III.

        According to a World Bank report, Israel extracted 80% more water from the West Bank than agreed in the Oslo Accord, while Palestinian abstractions were within the agreed range.[17] Contrary to expectations under Oslo II, the water actually abstracted by Palestinians in the West Bank has dropped between 1999 and 2007. Due to the Israeli over-extraction, aquifer levels are near ″the point where irreversible damage is done to the aquifer.″ Israeli wells in the West Bank have dried up local Palestinian wells and springs.[17]”

        Mid level management, eh.

        Let me see.You run the night shift for a local burger king .

      • just on May 10, 2015, 2:43 pm

        Thanks, amigo!

    • bryan on May 10, 2015, 4:34 am

      Mayhem, avoiding any hint of double standards, says: “These [Israeli] settlements are eye-sores – a blight on the landscape. They cause ecological damage, including destruction of natural habitat, disruption of ecological corridors, [especially when combined with a monstrous separation barrier, snaking through the land], introduction of exotic and weedy species, introduction of domesticated species. [known affectionately but euphemistically as “making the desert bloom”.]

      The potential impacts of such uncontrolled [Israeli] settlements are:
      – they damage the amount and continuity of open space [especially in combination with barriers, checkpoints, military and closed zones, settler roads, quarantine zones and free-fire zones].
      – they cause ecological damage, including destruction of natural habitat, disruption of ecological corridors, introduction of exotic and weedy species, introduction of domesticated species
      – they lead to an inefficient use of infrastructures, as individual settlements require high per/capita investment in roads, electric wires, and water pipes that are an unwarranted strain on limited economic resources. [as opposed to long-standing Bedouin villages in ancestral lands, which deserve but do not receive the infrastructure essential for modern life].
      – they represent environment injustice, [exacerbating the many levels of social, political and economic injustice which already prevail in the occupied territories] in that public lands become effectively privatized and the broader public loses access to land.

      Thank you very much Mayhem for such an honest and transparent diagnosis of the problem.

      • catalan on May 10, 2015, 3:39 pm

        The putting of any word before washing has such a lame cliche feel to it.

      • amigo on May 11, 2015, 3:24 am

        The putting of any word before washing has such a lame cliche feel to it.”catalan

        Oh I dunno , brain washing works quite well when referring to the root cause of zionist hasbara .

    • Qualtrough on May 10, 2015, 5:03 am

      Mayhem –In regards to Hasbara tactics I thought I had seen it all, pinkwashing, whataboutery, “Palestinians are not a people”, ad nauseum. But your environmental angle is one I have never encountered before. Well done!

      • justicewillprevail on May 10, 2015, 1:47 pm

        Shorter: those goddam natives are spoiling my view! Get them outta here! Be sure to shake ’em down first!

      • Mayhem on May 11, 2015, 7:33 pm

        No doubt Qualtrough armchair anti-Zionists like you have not seen for themselves what has been going on in the Negev for decades – an area where Bedouin squatters have built as far as the eye can see, causing severe damage to nature, the landscape and Israel’s heritage in the process. Rather than facing up to the facts related to this topic readers seem to prefer to embark on anti-Israel bashing by bringing up everything else they can think of that is not germane to the current topic
        “Significant tracts of land in the northern Negev are being taken over by those whose goal is indeed “to tear them away from us”: Bedouin who, with no planning and no permits, settle in every part of the Negev suitable for habitation. But the authorities – the police, the legal system and the interior, national infrastructure and environmental protection ministries – have done nothing, aside from setting up an inquiry committee every few years.
        Refer to Green extremism threatens Israel’s future in the Negev which discussed how Bedouin advocacy organizations and academics, especially from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, are stirring up opposition to Jewish settlement in the Negev for political reasons.

    • justicewillprevail on May 10, 2015, 5:30 am

      This is satire, surely. No-one in their right mind would write such patently ludicrous excuses. Otherwise you would have to conclude that the writer is making unsubtle references to racial differences, where the objects of his disgust are ‘dirty’, poor, ignorant people who despoil the landscape which belongs to the racially pure and clean immigrants. Way to justify ethnic cleansing, with the emphasis on ‘cleansing’. That is of course, after you bankrupt them. Such paragons of virtue and morality, zionists. Thanks for the illustration of your corrupt thinking and the mindset of zionism. We get the picture. The banality of evil, indeed. Or, in Israel, how they have adapted it in order to disguise it – the bureaucracy of evil.

    • Kris on May 10, 2015, 3:29 pm

      Lame attempt at enviro-washing, Mayhem. Zionist Jews have only one environmental concern: removing the Palestinians from the environment.

      What Israel is doing to the Bedouins is not “environmentalism,” it’s “ethnic cleansing.” Jewish settlements will be built on the land stolen from the Bedouins.

  10. amigo on May 10, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I wonder if the goi sent a bill to the illegal squatters who kept rebuilding their (illegal) , illegal squats /outposts.

    I just bet Mayhem and co will not view these wooden crates as eyesores.No sirrreee.

  11. just on May 10, 2015, 5:03 pm

    Aeyal Gross:

    “Israel’s discrimination of Bedouin gets high court stamp of approval

    By rejecting displaced Bedouin’s appeal on a procedural basis, the High Court is perpetuating a historic injustice.

    “This court is not the address for creating chaos,” stated Justice Elyakim Rubinstein last week in rejecting the appeal of Bedouin residents of the unrecognized Negev settlement of Umm al-Hiran. In the ruling, Rubinstein notes that the residents – who are slated to be evicted, and whose houses are to be demolished to make way for the construction of the Jewish town of Hiran – have been living in this place for 60 years, after moving to the Nahal Yatir area in 1956 at the orders of the military governor, and that the eviction and demolition of the 50 or so structures they built will affect the lives of hundreds of people. However, he still believes that the eviction is reasonable and proportional, in light of the fact that the lands are owned by the state and the buildings were erected without permits.

    The Umm al-Hiran residents argued that they were the victims of discrimination and that their property rights were being infringed, but Rubinstein ruled that they had not acquired ownership rights to the place and so no infringement of property rights occurred.

    His ruling ignores the built-in injustice in the property laws, in which the Bedouin’s rights were very limited: Unlike the Jews who obtained property rights to land on which they settled, the Bedouin’s rights to land on which they settled at the orders of the state were never formalized. And in basing his ruling on the Bedouin having built without permits, Rubinstein is also disregarding the fact that they became caught in this situation because of the actions of the state, which pushed them into a settlement that it did not officially recognize.

    Rubinstein rejected the claims on a procedural basis: He said the planning decisions should be challenged in another type of proceeding, and not by means of an appeal against the eviction – this was the chaos he warned against. But the bottom line is that an Arab settlement is being evicted in order to build a Jewish one – rank discrimination hiding behind mountains of formalities.

    The claims of unequal treatment were rejected on the grounds that there is nothing to prevent the Bedouin from living in the planned new town. Rubinstein argued that just because the plans call for a mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) and a synagogue, this should not prevent Bedouin from living there.

    But anyone who thinks a religious Jewish community whose ideology centers on this land belonging to the Jews could also include Bedouin residents is dreaming.

    In this sense, the ruling reveals the double-edged sword inherent in the High Court of Justice’s Katzir ruling, which prohibited the establishment of towns for Jews only: Now the state can cite this ruling and argue that the locale is open to all, when in reality it is clear for whom it is intended. …

    …A few dozen kilometers away, in the Palestinian village of Sussia, a similar scenario occurred. Last Monday, the High Court declined to issue a restraining order that would prevent the demolition of the village and the eviction of its residents. Thus, on both sides of the Green Line, the High Court has given the stamp of approval to dispossession, eviction and the demolition of Arab communities for the sake of Jewish ones. Just as long as it doesn’t give rise to chaos. Order must be preserved.”

  12. on May 10, 2015, 5:05 pm

    Israel simply confirms over and over again the worst stereotypes that are used by so-called antisemites against Jews.

    • edwardm on May 10, 2015, 5:14 pm

      Disagree. The behavior of the state of Israel is contrary to some of the most core beliefs of Judaism, including not killing, stealing, or coveting.
      It’s one thing to condemn actions. Another to condemn anyone, including Jews, simply on the basis of being eg. Jewish.
      Being Jewish isn’t what makes Israel committ injustices. Being a racist colonialist apartheid state does.

      • Mooser on May 10, 2015, 6:21 pm

        It’s a very confusing subject, these “core beliefs of Judaism” (and how they are portrayed by anti-semites, and how Judaism itself describes them) since the different denominations and sects do not have a unified theology. Where should we start?
        Maybe getting closer to figuring it out. Narrow down the field.

        The Jewish Daily Forward has just published and article about “Orthodox Money” and the Republican party in the US.

        And a “classic Left” Zionist who post here warns: “In Israel there’s a rising tide of racism , xenophobia and anti-democratic tendencies, especially (though not exclusively) among the Orthodox Jews.” – See more at:

        That might make it easier, at least we know which Jewish denomination’s “core beliefs” we should look into.

      • edwardm on May 11, 2015, 1:13 am

        “the different denominations and sects do not have a unified theology. ”
        I would love to hear which ones dispense with the 10 commandments.

  13. just on May 10, 2015, 5:45 pm

    Oudeh Basharat:

    “It’s 1948 again for Bedouin tribe

    The Abu Alkian were expelled in 1948 from their Negev lands, which went to Kibbutz Shoval. A few years later they built Umm al-Hiran, which is now slated to become a new Jewish town named Hiran.

    I have no doubt that the minister of Zionist history is tearing his hair out right now. The frustration over the ruling of the Supreme Court with regard to expelling the residents of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran to establish a Jewish town called Hiran is driving him out of his mind. Honorable justices, what’s going on here? To evacuate 1,000 Bedouin, you are destroying the Zionist narrative about what happened here in 1948?

    How can you accuse the residents of being trespassers? They are living for 60 years in the location the state allotted to them. How can you argue once again that the expulsion is taking place during a war, and roll your eyes and say that in war there are inevitably refugees? How can you blame the Arab leaders for supposedly calling on the village residents to leave until they destroy the Zionist entity, and how can it be said that the residents of Umm al-Hiran didn’t want Jews near them, so they deserve to be evacuated? After all, the village residents are willing to live with the Jews.

    Even before the new government is sworn in, the spirit of Naftali Bennett prevails. This time we aren’t apologizing. This time we aren’t trying to find various and sundry reasons for carrying out the expulsion. No more military or environmental constraints or any other excuses. We’re simply uprooting an Arab to plant a Jew.

    So whom should we thank? Our justices who removed the mask. This ruling was the greatest gift to the Palestinian narrative. The justices simply prove that the claim that thousands of Palestinians ostensibly “wandered” across the borders in 1948 without the Zionists having any hand in it is totally baseless.

    Members of the Abu Alkian tribe were expelled from their lands in 1948 and the lands were annexed to Kibbutz Shoval. After a few years of wandering, the state allocated them some land, and that’s where the village of Umm al-Hiran was built. In the ensuing years, children were born, parents were buried, a history emerged and memories flourished.

    In this case, a senior lawyer told me, the evacuation of the village is like a death sentence, which must be decided upon unanimously. … …Now the ball is in the court of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein. He must insist the demolition orders not be carried out, because the black stain that will result from the demolition of the village will never be removed.

    In Israel there are embraces on the left and on the right. Only the Arabs are ineligible for hugging. Habayit Hayehudi conditioned its joining the coalition on the revival of the Prawer plan to permanently resettle the Bedouin, which does not constitute ethnic cleansing, God forbid, but merely creates a single large ethnic prison.

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court justices’ bulldozers are already paving MK Ayelet Shaked’s way to the Justice Ministry. All this has been taking place via a slew of High Court rulings, each of which raises an eyebrow more than the next, starting from the admissions committee law, through the Nakba law and the anti-boycott law, to the evacuation of Umm al-Hiran. Shaked will find, to her dismay, that there isn’t much left to do to realize her vision. After all, on the highway the High Court is paving for the extreme right, it doesn’t pay to try to pass.

    So here, then, is the response of the Jewish nation, through its judges, to the humanitarian address delivered in the Knesset by Joint Arab List chairman MK Ayman Odeh. Odeh brought a gospel of equal citizenship for all, and the nation-state of Jews is fighting it. Soon we might have a judge who will condemn Odeh’s message as one that, as the Passover Haggadah states, “is poised to wipe us out.””

  14. just on May 10, 2015, 7:53 pm

    It’s a trifecta from Haaretz! Amira Hass is back, and she holds nothing back:

    “Israeli colonialism, plain and simple

    In two court decisions involving shoving Palestinians off their land, Supreme Court justices have confirmed what Israel’s critics are saying: that Israel has been a colonialist entity since 1948.

    There is a straight line connecting the Palestinian village of Sussia in the southern West Bank and Atir/Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin community in the Negev. This was highlighted last week by the justices of the Supreme Court. These are two communities of Palestinians that the Jewish state expelled from their homes and land decades ago, and whose families have lived ever since in “unrecognized” villages in shameful humanitarian conditions, forced on them by the Israeli government. One community settled on its agricultural land and the other in an area that the government moved them to during the early years of the state, when the Arabs citizens were under military rule.

    These are two Palestinian communities that Israel is depriving of their planning rights. Instead, it demands of them to crowd in the pales of settlement it has allotted to them, so Jews can fulfill and rejoice and thrive in their new and expanding suburban fantasies.

    The justices have allowed the state to demolish these two Palestinian communities, which are just 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) apart, but are separated by Israel’s 1967 border, the Green Line. …

    …The Civil Administration is demanding that the residents of Palestinian Sussia relocate close to the West Bank Palestinian town of Yata, purportedly for their own good. Yata is in Area A, an enclave under the control of the Palestinian Authority. In other words, the CA intends to squeeze Sussia in one of the West Bank’s Bantustans, as it does and intends to do with Bedouin and other Palestinians who live in Area C, under total Israeli control.

    In good faith?

    Next to the tin shacks of today’s Palestinian Sussia (after the army expelled the residents of their ancient village in 1986 and turned it into an archaeological site where Jews could celebrate), Jewish Susya now wallows in its greenery and abundance. After all, it has to grow and doesn’t want to see Arabs living in shacks and buying water at exorbitant prices from tanker trucks.

    Can a judge who permits demolition work to be carried out as an interim step then in good faith consider a petition challenging the residents’ final expulsion? And is it relevant that Sohlberg is a resident of a West Bank Jewish settlement?

    It is no more and no less relevant than the fact that the other justices of the Supreme Court and their families, and every other Jewish Israeli (including myself), are entitled at any time to move to a West Bank Jewish settlement, and that they – we – live on the Israeli side of the Green Line in manicured neighborhoods for Jews only and in some instances on land from which Palestinians were expelled 65 years ago or yesterday. …

    …The honorable justices were ingratiating Habayit Hayehudi even before this party was selected as the fox that guards the hen-house – through its appointment of Uri Ariel as the agriculture minister (who is in also in charge of Bedouin affairs) and Eli Ben-Dahan as a deputy defense minister responsible for the Civil Administration (which carries out the expulsion of Palestinians and the settlement of Jews in the West Bank). Don’t worry, you folks at the Jewish Home, we support the right of Jews to disposes Palestinians in Area C and the Negev, so say the judges. We, like you, are in favor of crowding the Arabs into Bantustans.

    Even before the Supreme Court justices knew that Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) would be the next justice minister, even before they knew that her mentor, party leader Naftali Bennett, would be entrusted with the education of our children as education minister, they were telling us in a loud voice that the justices’ reputation was not what people feared, that the right wing has unjustly portrayed them as a monster seeking equality and justice. The justices had proven that their image as defenders of human rights, even if those humans were Palestinians or left-wing, had been totally twisted.

    Just weeks before, on April 15, they had enthusiastically embraced the Boycott Law. That’s the law through which the right wing is threatening with financial penalties left-wing Israeli dissidents who publicly support sanctions on Israel and a boycott of its institutions and settlement products, as part of the struggle against institutionalized inequality and discrimination.

    That very day, the justices endorsed the law that permits Israel to rob land owned by residents of Bethlehem, Beit Sahur, Beit Jala and Abu Dis. The land is where it has always been since before it was annexed to Israeli-ruled Jerusalem. Its owners remain living where they always did – a few kilometers away from their private land. But now the state declares them “absentees”: beyond the separation barrier.

    The justices dismissed the petition challenging the application of the Absentee Property Law in their case, thus continuing the tradition from the 1950s. That is when we coined the oxymoron “present absentees” in order to facilitate the demolition of villages and robbery of land of Palestinians that remained, those that we failed to expel.

    In the justices’ consent to the demolition of Sussia and Umm al-Hiran, they have drawn a direct line linking 1948 to today. They have confirmed what Israel’s most virulent critics say about the country – that it is a colonialist, dispossessing entity. The justices have parroted what the state has been screaming all along: It’s my right to dispossess, my right to expel, my right to demolish and crowd people into pens. I have demolished and will continue to do so. I have expelled and will continue to expel. I have crowded people in and will continue to do so. I never gave a damn and never will do.”

    The rest @

    Nary a peep from the US.

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