• #Ground_Truth. Destruction and Return in al-’Araqīb

    Ground Truth is an ongoing project that aims to provide historical and juridical evidence on behalf of communities in the illegalised Palestinian Bedouin villages in the northern threshold of the Negev/Naqab desert, Israel. While forced physical displacement and illegalisation render these communities non-existent on maps and aerial imaging, state-led land works and afforestation transform and erase their land and material cultural remains. The project aims to document and collate disparate legal, historical, and material evidence for the continuity of the sedentary presence of the Bedouin population on this land, as well as traces of their repeated displacement and destruction by government forces.

    At the heart of the project are a community-led photographic dossier and a 3DGiS platform that utilises contemporary and historical images to map the presence and remnants of the Bedouin’s inhabitation. This first iteration of the project centres on the case of the al-’Araqīb village, which has been demolished over 116 times over the past 60 years. A second phase of the project would wish to expand the work into more unrecognised villages where establishing proof of continuity of presence would be helpful.

    Through a collaborative process of DIY aerial photography with Public Lab, Zochrot, and the local families of al-’Araqīb, a kind of ’civic satellite’ is formed. We use kites and balloons equipped with simple cameras to form a methodology through which aerial and ground views can be gathered across multiple expeditions. These are assembled through photogrammetry into stacked geo-referenced 3D point-cloud photo terrains. Photographs, taken by residents and activists, document not only expulsion and destruction but also their ongoing life and resistance. These photographs, along with other media, data, and testimony, attest to an inflicted violence by connecting the history of this local land struggle to larger-scale and longer-term environmental transformations and to the conflicts that such changes have provoked.


    https://www.naqab.org

    Et le #film :
    https://vimeo.com/223268224


    #vidéo
    –-> on montre dans le film qu’Israël détruit les habitations puis plante des #arbres (#forêt) pour effacer définitivement les traces qui restent de la vie palestinienne sur le territoire...
    A mettre en lien avec :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/317236

    #destruction #paysage #palestine #Israël #Néguev #cartographie_radicale #contre-cartographie #cartographie_critique #Forensics_Architecture #architecture_forensique #effacement #traces #désert_du_Néguev
    #al-Araqib #expropriation #bédouins
    ping @sinehebdo @reka @nepthys @albertocampiphoto

  • Alors on commence : en direct, quelque part dans le sud de la vallée du Jourdain en territoire palestinien occupé.

    Une partie d’un village bédouin après le passage de l’armée israélienne il y a deux ou trois ans.

    A proximité, une grosse pompe hydraulique et deux réservoirs... pour l’alimentation de deux colonies israéliennes voisines. En face des structures détruites, il y a une jolie petite école peinte de dessins poétiques et ensoleillés. Mais l’école est un peu en sursis et risque aussi d’être détruite à tout moment.

    La ligne électrique qui passe aux dessus des maisons alimente la pompe à eau. De l’eau donc et de l’électricité mais pas pour le village... (interdiction de se connecter)


    

    #bedouins #palestine #droits_humains #vallée_du_jourdain #discrimination #racisme

  • Demolitions of Unauthorized Bedouin Buildings on the Rise

    Increasingly, however, the Bedouin raze the buildings themselves to avoid paying the state the cost of tearing them down

    The number of illegal buildings demolished in Bedouin communities has tripled over the past five years. In 2013, when the government first began keeping records, 697 buildings were demolished. By last year, the figure had reached an all-time high of 2,326. Of these, 2,064 were demolished by the owners themselves to avoid the fines the state imposes if it has to tear a building down.

    An analysis of the data shows that over the past three years, the number of demolitions has grown steadily, but the number of demolitions carried out by the state has actually been shrinking. Last year, for instance, the state tore down just 262 buildings, while owners razed 2,064. In 2016, the government demolished 641 buildings while owners razed 1,579.

    Many Bedouin in the Negev live in communities that have been established without any government permission, in which case any construction on the site is deemed illegal. The state issues demolition orders against construction built without a permit, but not all of it is in unrecognized villages. Some is in legally recognized Bedouin communities. In addition to homes, the government data show that demolition orders have been issued against a range of other structures, including orchards, animal pens and fences.

    For the state, having the owners demolish the structures themselves is preferable for two reasons. It not only spares the government the cost of carrying it out. It also avoids the possibility of clashes between the police and the Bedouin population in the course of the demolition.

    As a result, government inspectors routinely warn owners that they can be sued for demolition costs if they don’t tear down illegal structures. In a press release several years ago, the Israel Land Authority, which manages much of the country’s land, acknowledged the effectiveness of the approach. As a practical matter, the state rarely sues to recover demolition costs, but the fact that it has authority to do so is often enough to coax building owners to demolish the buildings themselves.

    Attiya al-Assam, who heads of the Council of Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, said his organization attempts to discourage owners from razing illegal buildings on their own, because, as he put it, if they do so, “it appears as if the state isn’t doing anything, but when the state does the demolition, everyone sees it.” Nevertheless, he said, people often succumb to the threat of lawsuits, out of a sense that “they can’t stand up to the state.”

    Sabah Abu Lakima of the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj in the Negev recently demolished the home of a relative on her behalf, a woman who lives alone. As he described it, “we were afraid of arrests, of criminal proceedings,” in addition to being sued for demolition costs. “It’s a kind of pressure tactic that makes people demolish by themselves, so [the state] won’t send in bulldozers and then you would have to pay for it,” he said. The woman has now moved in with other relatives, he added.

    The demolitions are part of a broader battle over the state’s efforts to relocate Negev Bedouin to urban Bedouin towns. Many Bedouin want to remain in their rural villages, a considerable portion of which are unauthorized.

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-demolitions-of-unauthorized-bedouin-buildings-on-the-rise-1.691991
    #bédouins #Néguev #destruction #Israël #Palestine

    ping @reka

    En 2013...
    https://seenthis.net/messages/194499

  • Palestinians prevent Israeli settlers’ raid of Khan al-Ahmar
    Sept. 7, 2018 1:33 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 7, 2018 5:08 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=780980

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinians prevented a group of Israeli settlers from raiding the Khan al-Ahmar village east of occupied Jerusalem City, on Friday morning.

    Locals said that Israeli settlers attempted to raid the Bedouin village, threatened with demolition that is expected to take place in less than a week, to provoke residents and activists carrying out a sit-in at the village.

    Palestinian youths prevented Israeli settlers from raiding the village and forced them to leave back to the nearby main street.

    Israeli settlers were carrying Israeli flags and repeating racist slogans.

    Locals added that the settlers also called for expelling Palestinians of Bedouin areas east of Jerusalem in favor of increasing Israeli settlements in the area.

    Earlier this week, the Israeli High Court had rejected an appeal against the demolition of the village, and ordered the evacuation of its residents in preparation for its demolition within a week.

    Khan al-Ahmar has been under threat of demolition by Israeli forces; the demolition would leave more than 35 Palestinian families displaced, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.

    #colonialisme_de_peuplement #Khan_al-Ahmar

    • La démolition d’un village de Cisjordanie « comprommet la paix », avertit l’UE
      La destruction de la communauté bédouine de Khan al-Ahmar, à une place stratégique, menace la solution à deux états, dit l’Union européenne
      Par Times of Israel Staff Aujourd’hui, 14:13
      https://fr.timesofisrael.com/la-demolition-dun-village-de-cisjordanie-comprommet-la-paix-averti

      L’Union européenne a vivement recommandé jeudi à Israël de reconsidérer la démolition d’un village bédouin en Cisjordanie, avertissant qu’elle pourrait nuire aux efforts livrés pour conclure un accord de paix entre Israël et les Palestiniens.

      Un jugement de la Haute cour émis la veille a approuvé la destruction de Khan al-Ahmar après le rejet d’un dernier appel dans une affaire qui aura suscité les critiques à l’international.

      « Les conséquences de la démolition de cette communauté et le déplacement de ses résidents, notamment des enfants, contre leur volonté pourrait être très grave, menacer sérieusement la viabilité d’une solution à deux état et venir compromettre les perspectives de paix », a noté l’UE dans un communiqué. « La communauté de Khan al-Ahmar est située dans un secteur sensible de la zone C qui est d’importance stratégique pour préserver la contiguïté d’un futur état palestinien ».

    • Cisjordanie occupée
      L’Union européenne appelle Israël à revenir sur sa décision de démolir un village palestinien
      Avec Agences, 18 juillet 2018 à 18:32
      https://lematin.ma/journal/2018/lunion-europeenne-appelle-israel-revenir-decision-demolir-village-palestinien/297395.html

      La chef de la diplomatie de l’Union européenne, Federica Mogherini, a appelé mercredi les autorités israéliennes à revenir sur leur décision de démolir le village palestinien de Khan Al-Ahmar, faisant part de sa profonde préoccupation quant au sort de la communauté bédouine qui y réside. (...)

    • Demolition of Palestinian Community Imminent. Israeli High Court Green Lights Razing of #Khan_al-Ahmar

      Residents of Khan al-Ahmar thought they had found a way around Israel’s discriminatory building permit regime in Area C of the West Bank. Since a building permit is required only for concrete structures, they built their school, which serves 160 children from five villages, using clay and 2,200 old tires.

      The plan didn’t work. The Israeli army has exclusive control over planning in Area C. It has allocated just one percent of that land for Palestinian buildings, and refuses the vast majority of Palestinian permit applications.

      Khan al-Ahmar was no exception. Over the years, Israeli authorities issued demolition orders against the school and every other structure in this small village of 180 residents, just east of Jerusalem, on the grounds that they lacked permits. On September 5, Israel’s High Court rejected several appeals, and green-lighted demolition.

      Israeli military planning documents do not recognize the community’s presence, and Israeli authorities have repeatedly confiscated its land, demolished its buildings, and expelled its Palestinian residents for building without permits.

      This isn’t the community’s first displacement. In the early 1950s, Israeli forces evicted residents from the Tel Arad district of the Negev desert. The community fled to the West Bank and built a village in the current location. They registered as Palestine refugees with the United Nations.

      In 1977, Israel established the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, allocating it the land on which Khan al-Ahmar sits.

      International law prohibits an occupying power from destroying property, including schools, unless “absolutely necessary” for “military operations.” Transferring civilians within an occupied territory, either by direct force or indirect coercion into a place not of their choosing, is a war crime under the International Criminal Court’s statute.

      Israeli officials should know that the demolition and any resulting displacement of the population may subject them to criminal investigation.

      Other states also have a duty to ensure that the Geneva Conventions are respected, and should make clear to Israeli officials that, if the demolition goes ahead, people implicated in any criminal acts could be investigated and prosecuted by domestic authorities outside of Israel where they have jurisdiction.

      Global condemnation alone has not stopped serious war crimes during Israel’s 50-year occupation. Action and justice is long overdue.


      https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/09/16/demolition-palestinian-community-imminent

  • Des pays européens dénoncent la démolition imminente d’un village bédouin de Cisjordanie : ‘Nous allons prendre des mesures’ - AURDIP - 5 juillet | Noa Landau et Yotam Berger pour Haaretz |Traduction J.Ch. pour l’AURDIP
    http://www.aurdip.fr/des-pays-europeens-denoncent-la.html

    Le Coordinateur Spécial de l’ONU pour le Moyen Orient, Nikolay Mladenov, condamne Israël, disant dans un tweet que ‘ces actions sapent la solution à deux Etats’. Un émissaire britannique en Israël relaie la protestation auprès du Conseiller à la Sécurité Nationale israélienne Meir Ben Shabbat.

    Des pays européens unissent leurs forces pour empêcher la démolition de la communauté bédouine de Khan al-Ahmar en Cisjordanie, a dit mercredi au Parlement le ministre d’État britannique pour le Moyen Orient, Alistair Burt.

    La France et l’Irlande ont depuis toutes deux fait écho à l’opposition de la Grande Bretagne dans une déclaration similaire de la part de leurs ministères des Affaires étrangères. On s’attend à ce que d’autres pays européens expriment leurs inquiétudes.

    L’ONU a elle aussi exprimé sa consternation devant les récentes actions d’Israël. Le bureau du Coordinateur Spécial de l’ONU pour le processus de paix au Moyen Orient a envoyé un tweet comme quoi l’émissaire « condamne les destructions à Abu Nuwar et celle en préparation à Khan Al Ahmar ». « Israël devrait arrêter ce genre d’actions et de projets pour reloger les communautés bédouines en Cisjordanie occupée », dit le tweet. « Ces actions sont contraires au droit international et sapent la solution à deux Etats. » (...)

    #colonisation_de_peuplement

  • Les #forêts, piliers de la #colonisation en #Palestine

    http://orientxxi.info/magazine/les-forets-piliers-de-la-colonisation-en-palestine,2141

    En novembre 2016, le plus grand incendie de l’histoire d’Israël ravage les forêts environnant Haïfa. Les Palestiniens sont immédiatement accusés, le Likoud parle même d’une « intifada des flammes ». Mahmoud Abbas réagit : « Le gouvernement israélien exploite le feu pour accuser les Palestiniens. […] Ce sont nos arbres et nos terres ancestrales qui brûlent ». Si les forêts d’Israël cristallisent ainsi les tensions, c’est que l’afforestation a joué un rôle discret, mais important, dans l’histoire de l’appropriation des terres palestiniennes.

    #colonisation_intérieure #neguev #bédouins

  • VIDEO: #Al_Khan_Al_Ahmar, the small Palestinian school defying demolition orders

    A small school in the desert lands of the occupied Palestinian territories has unintentionally become a critical player in the future viability of the two-state solution in Israel-Palestine. Alice Panepinto and Helen Eisler tell the story of the school at Al Khan Al Ahmar which is facing demolition, and explore the impact on the surrounding Bedouin Palestinian communities.


    http://lacuna.org.uk/war-and-peace/al-khan-al-ahmar-palestine-school-demolition-order

    #résistance #école #destruction #Palestine #Israël
    cc @reka

  • Un Palestinien d’Israël tué lors d’une opération de démolitions |
    Par Maureen Clare Murphy, 18 janvier 2017| Cet article a été mise à jour jeudi 19 Janvier afin d’inclure les nouvelles conclusions de Forensic Architecture. | Traduction : Laurianne G. pour l’Agence Média Palestine | Source : Electronic Intifada
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2017/01/20/un-palestinien-disrael-tue-lors-dune-operation-de-demolitions

    Un citoyen palestinien d’Israël a été tué mercredi, quand la police tira sur son véhicule dans le village Umm al-Hiran, dans le Negev, au Sud du pays. Un sergent fut également tué et un autre agent blessé à l’aube lors d’une opération de démolitions de plusieurs maisons dans le village bédouin.

    La police israélienne a déclaré que Yaqoub Abu al-Qiyan, 50ans, a délibérément écrasé et tué le policier de 37 ans, Erez Levi.

    Le porte-parole de la police, Micky Rosenfeld a déclaré qu’un “véhicule conduit par un terroriste du Mouvement Islamique a tenté de heurter plusieurs agents et de perpétré une attaque.”

    Le Mouvement Islamique est une organisation politique palestinienne, dont la branche Nord est interdite par Israël. Le leader de branche Nord, Sheikh Raed Salah, a été relaché par Israël mardi, après neuf mois d’incarcération. Il était présent à Umm al-Hiran mercredi.

    La police a déclaré à la presse qu’ils recherchaient des liens entre Abu al-Qiyan et l’Etat Islamique.

    “Ils disent qu’en fouillant sa maison, ils ont trouvé des journaux israéliens parlant du groupe, alors que sa famille nie toute relation avec ce mouvement, disant qu’il est juste un prof de math dans le lycée local, dans la ville bédouine de Hura,” a rapporté le journal de Tel Aviv Haaretz.

    Rosenfeld a fait d’autres déclarations sur les liens avec l’Etat Islamique sur Twitter :

    The terrorist who murdered a policeman in the south was a teacher in a school where six teachers have been arrested for their ISIS ideology.

    — Micky Rosenfeld (@MickyRosenfeld) January 18, 2017

    (Traduction du tweet : « Le terroriste qui a tué un policier dans le Sud était un professeur dans un établissement où six enseignants ont été arrêtés pour leur idéologie proche de Daech. »)

    Des témoins interrogés par de nombreux organes de presse contestent la version des faits d’Israël, disant qu’Abu al-Qiyan était en train de quitter la scène et que c’est la police israélienne qui lui a fait perdre le contrôle de son véhicule, l’amenant à percuter les policiers.(...)

    #israël #démolitions #bédouins #colonisation_intérieure
    https://seenthis.net/messages/561578

    • Video emerges on killing in Umm al-Hiran, as family awaits return of slain Bedouin’s body
      Jan. 21, 2017 12:03 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2017 12:07 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775017

      (...) Abu al-Qian’s autopsy report was also released on Friday, detailing that the teacher had been killed by two bullets that were fired at his vehicle, the first of which struck him on his right knee, and the second in a main artery in the chest area, before he was left to bleed to death.

      Israeli Channel 10 reported that Abu al-Qian’s knee injury led to the acceleration of his vehicle after his leg pressed against the gas pedal, and added that he had lost large amounts of blood which would have made it impossible to save him.

      Nevertheless, they reported that he had been left to bleed for a half and hour as ambulances were prevented from providing him first aid.

      Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli police pulled an injured Abu al-Qian from his vehicle at the time and shot him another time to confirm his death. However, this testimony contradicts the autopsy report that stated he had bled to death.

      Meanwhile, the family of Abu al-Qian have continued to refuse conditions set by Israeli police in order to receive the slain body of Abu al-Qian.(...)

    • PHOTOS: Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis protest home demolitions

      Over 5,000 Arabs and Jews gather in Wadi Ara, northern Israel, to protest against recent home demolitions in Palestinian communities.

      Photos by Keren Manor, text by Yael Marom
      https://972mag.com/photos-thousands-of-palestinians-and-israelis-protest-home-demolitions/124640

      A police truck sprays ’skunk’ water at protesters in Ar’ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

      Around two hours after the protest had begun, hundreds of protesters blocked the junction at the entrance to Ar’ara. Police threw shock grenades and fired “skunk” water at the demonstrators, injuring several. Some of the protesters responded by throwing stones.

    • Funeral begins for slain Bedouin teacher in Umm al-Hiran
      Jan. 24, 2017 1:15 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 24, 2017 9:47 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775080

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The funeral of Yaqoub Abu al-Qian , a Palestinian citizen of Israel and local math teacher from the unrecognized Bedouin community of Umm al-Hiran, began early on Tuesday afternoon, after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered that Israeli police return his body to his family a day earlier.

      Abu al-Qian was shot and killed by Israeli police last week under widely contested circumstances during the violent demolition raid in Umm al-Hiran that left more than a dozen Palestinian structures razed to the ground.

      While numerous eyewitnesses have insisted Abu al-Qian was posing no threat to anyone when Israeli police opened fire at his vehicle, causing him to lose control of the car and ram into officers, Israeli authorities have claimed the local math teacher was carrying out a deliberate terrorist attack in the incident that left one policeman killed.

  • Hundreds denounce deadly Umm al-Hiran raid in Israel, occupied Palestinian territory
    Jan. 19, 2017 11:36 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2017 12:16 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=775001

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian citizens of Israel and their supporters took to the streets in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory on Wednesday to protest an evacuation raid in a Bedouin community in the Negev which turned deadly earlier in the day, with one Palestinian citizen of Israel and an Israeli police officer dying in disputed circumstances.

    Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Umm al-Hiran, where Bedouin resident Yaqoub Moussa Abu al-Qian, 47, was shot dead by Israeli police, who claimed that the math teacher was carrying out a vehicular attack which killed police officer Erez Levi, 34.

    However, a number of witnesses and Palestinian officials with Israeli citizenship have disputed Israeli security forces’ version of events, saying that police officers opened fire on Abu al-Qian despite him not representing a threat, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and fatally hit Levi.

    Knesset member Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List, which represents parties led by Palestinian citizens of Israel, was injured in the head and back during the raid, although witnesses and police disputed how he had been injured and by whom.

    The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, a division of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, declared three days of mourning in Palestinian-majority towns and villages in Israel following the deadly raid.

    The committee also called for Palestinian citizens of Israel to launch a general strike on Thursday, and for teachers to discuss the recent events in Umm al-Hiran with students.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/561578

    #israël #démolitions #bédouins #colonisation_intérieure

    • Family of slain Palestinian teacher demands investigation into his death
      Jan. 19, 2017 10:40 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2017 10:40 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775010

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The family of Yaqoub Moussa Abu al-Qian, a math teacher and Palestinian citizen of Israel who was shot dead by Israeli police on Wednesday, demanded on Thursday that Israeli police open an investigation into his death.

      NGO Adalah — The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, who is representing Abu al-Qian’s family, released a statement Thursday demanding an investigation be opened into the circumstances of the death of Abu al-Qian, who Adalah said was 50-years-old, though earlier reports claimed he was 47-years-old.

      Israeli police claimed that the math teacher was carrying out a vehicular attack which killed police officer Erez Levi, 34, though a number of witnesses and Palestinian officials with Israeli citizenship have disputed Israeli security forces’ version of events, saying that police officers opened fire on Abu al-Qian despite him not representing a threat, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and fatally hit Levi.

      Israeli Knesset member Taleb Abu Arar said that the police killed Abu al-Qian “in cold blood," Israeli news site Ynet quoted him as saying. "The police shot him for no reason. The claims that he tried to run over police are not true.”

    • PHOTOS: Israel demolishes homes in Umm el-Hiran amid violence

      Israeli authorities begin demolishing the Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran in preparation for its replacement with a Jewish town, following violence which left a Bedouin man and an Israeli police officer dead, and a Palestinian MK wounded.
      By Activestills |Published January 19, 2017
      Photos by Keren Manor and Faiz Abu Rmeleh
      https://972mag.com/photos-israel-demolishes-homes-in-umm-el-hiran-amid-violence/124583


      Umm el-Hiran before and after Israeli bulldozers carried out demolitions, January 18, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

    • Démolition de maisons palestiniennes : manifestations et appels à la grève générale

      Nouvelles protestations après la mort de l’instituteur palestinien tué par la police israélienne pendant des manifestations contre les démolitions de maisons à Umm al-Hiran

      MEE | 19 janvier 2017
      http://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/d-molition-de-maisons-palestiniennes-manifestations-et-appels-la-gr-v

      Des milliers de Palestiniens ont participé mercredi à une série de manifestations qui se sont propagées dans les villages palestiniens au milieu d’appels à la grève générale. Ces manifestations ont suivi la mort d’un instituteur, tué par les forces israéliennes lors de manifestations contre les démolitions de maisons dans le sud du pays.

      « Nous sommes descendus dans la rue pour protester et faire entendre la voix du peuple palestinien », explique Kholoud Abu Ahmed, un Palestinien d’Israël, d’Haïfa. « Nous n’accepterons pas d’être expulsés de nos maisons, marginalisés et tués [par les autorités israéliennes]. »

      Les officiels israéliens prétendent que Yacoub al-Qiyan a été tué alors qu’il menait sa voiture sur les officiers de police dans le village bédouin de Umm al-Hiran dans le désert du Néguev. Les habitants du village, toutefois, ont rapporté qu’al-Qiyan était simplement en train de conduire jusqu’à l’endroit où avaient lieu les démolitions pour parler aux autorités et tenter d’empêcher les destructions.

      Selon un officier, un agent de police israélien, Erez Lévi, a été soi-disant percuté et tué. Un député palestinien connu d’une liste commune, Ayman Odeh, a aussi été blessé à la tête par une balle en caoutchouc tirée par la police.(...)

  • Palestinian shot dead ’in cold blood’ by Israeli police during Negev demolition raid
    Jan. 18, 2017 9:44 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 11:53 A.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=774987

    MK Ayman Odeh, shot and injured in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli police

    NEGEV (Ma’an) — Two people were killed and several others were hospitalized Wednesday after a predawn demolition raid into the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev region erupted into clashes, as Israeli forces used rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades to violently suppress locals and supporters who had gathered to resist the demolitions.

    A Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by Israeli forces after he allegedly carried out a car ramming attack on Israeli officers, leaving several injured, according to Israeli police. However, a numerous eyewitness accounts said that the driver lost control of his vehicle after he was shot, causing him to crash into Israeli police, one of whom was killed.

    Israeli Knesset member Taleb Abu Arar said that the police killed Abu Qian “in cold blood," Israeli news site Ynet quoted him as saying. “The police shot him for no reason. The claims that he tried to run over police are not true.”

    Locals identified the slain Palestinian citizen of Israel as 47-year-old Yaqoub Moussa Abu al-Qian , a math teacher at al-Salam High School in the nearby town of Hura.

    Israeli police later confirmed that a policeman succumbed to injuries he sustained by being hit by the car. The slain officer was identified as 34-year-old Erez Levi.

    Knesset member Ayman Odeh and head of the Joint List, which represents parties led by Palestinian citizens of Israel, was injured in the head and back with rubber-coated steel bullets, locals said, and taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

    Odeh wrote in a statement on his Facebook page saying that “a crime was committed in Umm al-Hiran as hundreds of police members violently raided the village firing tear-gas bombs, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets. Villagers, women, men, and children stood with their bare hands against the brutality and violence of the police.”

    Hundreds of Israeli police arrived to Umm al-Hiran at around 5 a.m. to secure the area for Israeli authorities to carry out a demolition campaign in the village.

    Israeli news blog 972 Magazine quoted witness and activist Kobi Snitz as saying that police began pulling drivers out of vehicles, and attacking and threatening others.

    A short while later, Snitz said he heard gunfire and saw a white pickup truck about 30 meters from police, telling 972: “They started shooting at the car in bursts from all directions.”

    According to the report, it was only after the driver appeared to have been wounded and lost control of his vehicle that it crashed into the police officers, contradiction Israeli police reports.

    #Palestine_assassinée

    • Une opération de démolition tourne mal en Israël : un policier et un villageois tués
      AFP / 18 janvier 2017 09h18
      http://www.romandie.com/news/Une-operation-de-demolition-tourne-mal-en-Israel-un-policier-et-un-villageois-tues/768760.rom

      Umm al-Hiran (Israël) - Une opération de démolition dans un village bédouin a très mal tourné mercredi dans une communauté emblématique du sud d’Israël, où un policier israélien et un villageois arabe ont été tués dans des circonstances différentes selon les versions de la police et des villageois.

      Le policier Erez Levi, 34 ans, est mort dans une attaque à la voiture bélier dont l’auteur a ensuite été abattu, a indiqué la police qui a décrit le conducteur comme un « terroriste ».

      Plusieurs villageois et l’assistant d’un député arabe présent sur place ont contesté cette version des faits.

      Les policiers avaient été dépêchés dans le village bédouin d’Umm al-Hiran pour sécuriser la démolition de plusieurs maisons de bédouins, dépourvues selon les autorités israéliennes des permis nécessaires.

      « A l’arrivée des unités de police sur la zone, un véhicule conduit par un terroriste du Mouvement islamique a tenté d’attaquer un groupe de policiers en les percutant. Les policiers ont riposté et le terroriste a été neutralisé », a dit un porte-parole de la police, Micky Rosenfeld. Une autre porte-parole de la police a confirmé la mort du conducteur.

      Plusieurs policiers ont été blessés, a dit M. Rosenfeld.

      Raed Abou al-Qiyan, responsable d’un comité prodiguant des services aux villageois, a contesté cette version.

      « La version israélienne est un mensonge. Il (le conducteur) était un enseignant respecté. Ils (les policiers) sont arrivés et ont commencé à tirer sans discrimination des balles en caoutchouc, visant les gens, allant jusqu’à blesser le député (arabe israélien) Ayman Odeh qui essayait de leur parler », a déclaré à l’AFP Raed Abou al-Qiyan, qui dit avoir été témoin direct des faits.

    • Renewed clashes erupt in Negev village as Israeli bulldozers begin demolitions
      Jan. 18, 2017 12:38 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 12:38 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=774991

      (...) At around noon, renewed clashes erupted as Israeli bulldozers began razing the homes to the ground.

      Residents crowded and hurled stones at Israeli police officers who showered the demonstrators with tear gas to disperse them.

      Palestinian MK Osama Saadi was lightly injured in the leg and was taken to Soroka hospital in Beersheva for treatment, according to Israeli news website Walla.

      In addition, Israeli police officers denied a number of Palestinian Knesset members entry into the village. Among them were MK Ahmad Tibi and Hanin Zoubi. Israeli police prevented hundreds of vehicles from entering the village as residents were seen evacuating belongings from their homes ahead of the demolitions.

      Palestinian MK Jamal Zahalqa urged the Israeli government to pull out police and avoid using force. A solution could be reached, he told reporters, by dialogue in a way that shows respect to the residents of Umm al-Hiran.

    • Umm al-Hiran man killed after police open fire during violent demolition operation in Bedouin village
      18/01/2017
      https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9001

      Adalah: Israeli courts, gov’t responsible for death of 50 year old; residents refute police claims of attack; eyewitnesses confirm Ya’akub Musa Abu Al-Qi’an lost control of car after police fired at him.

      Israeli police killed a 50-year-old local teacher this morning (Wed. 18 January 2017) and wounded local residents and a Knesset member during a violent incursion into Atir-Umm al-Hiran aimed at demolishing a central section of the Naqab (Negev) Bedouin village. One police officer was also killed during the incident.

      Adalah, which represented the Bedouin residents of Atir–Umm al-Hiran in legal proceedings over the past 13 years to stop the village’s demolition responded to the events of this morning that: "The Israeli judiciary and the government are responsible for the killing in the village today. The Israeli Supreme Court’s decision to allow the state to proceed with its plan to demolish the village, which has existed for 60 years, in order to establish a Jewish town called ’Hiran’ over its ruins, is one of the most racist judgments that the Court has ever issued. (...)

    • Israeli police accused of cover-up over killing during Negev demolition raid
      Jan. 18, 2017 2:16 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 2:16 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=774990

      NEGEV (Ma’an) — The Joint List, which represents parties led by Palestinian citizens of Israel in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, accused Israeli police of spreading misinformation to Israeli media regarding an alleged vehicle attack Wednesday morning in the Negev, in order to distract from Israel’s campaign to establish Jewish-only towns “on the ruins of Bedouin villages.”

      The statement warned the Israeli government of the dangerous consequences of the “bloody” escalation, after Israeli police raided the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran to evacuate residents in order to demolish their homes.

      The raid turned deadly, when a 47-year-old Palestinian with Israeli citizenship was shot and killed by police “in cold blood,” according to witnesses. However, Israeli police claimed the man deliberately rammed his car into officers.

      Hours later, as Israeli bulldozers began razing the homes to the ground, renewed clashes erupted in the village.

      Umm al-Hiran is one of 35 Bedouin villages considered “unrecognized” by the Israeli state, and more than half of the approximately 160,000 Negev Bedouins reside in unrecognized villages.

      The unrecognized Bedouin villages were established in the Negev soon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war following the creation of the state of Israel.

      Now more than 60 years later, the villages have yet to be recognized by Israel and live under constant threats of demolition and forcible removal.

    • Palestinian, Israeli leadership react to deadly police raid of Bedouin village
      Jan. 18, 2017 6:12 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 6:12 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=774995

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat condemned Israeli authorities for the “crime” committed Wednesday during a demolition campaign in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, during which a Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by Israeli police and an Israeli policeman was killed, and numerous Palestinians were injured.

      Erekat accused the Israeli government of reacting to attempts by the international community to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israelis by escalating a policy of “racism, ethnic cleansing, and the evacuation of indigenous Palestinians from their lands, in a desperate attempt to Judaize the country.”

      He called attention to the estimated 1.7 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship who “are living amid the racist system of Israel,” adding that the demolition Palestinian homes in the Israeli city of Qalansawe had “continued in Qalandiya refugee camp yesterday and in Umm al-Hiran today.”

      Erekat stressed that the international community’s silence towards Israeli actions only bought time and immunity for Israel to commit more crimes, adding that the situation “requires an immediate and urgent international intervention to stop this chaos before it’s too late.”

      Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that not holding Israel accountable regarding its role as an occupying power “lessens the credibility of countries who demand reviving and realizing the two-state solution.”

      The ministry argued that Israel’s belligerence in the face of international conventions “calls for an international ethical wakening to punish Israel for its violations, and to end its occupation of Palestine.” (...)

    • Umm al-Hiran : Odeh accuse Netanyahu d’avoir refusé un accord et déclenché les affrontements
      Le député arabe affirme que les habitants du village bédouin avaient accepté un compromis quelques heures avant l’explosion des violences mortelles
      Stuart Winer 18 janvier 2017, 17:33
      http://fr.timesofisrael.com/odeh-accuse-netanyahu-davoir-refuse-un-accord-et-declenche-les-aff

      Le dirigeant de la Liste arabe unie a accusé mercredi le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu d’avoir causé un violent affrontement dans un village bédouin, au cours duquel un policier et un habitant ont été tués. Il a affirmé que Netanyahu avait manqué à sa parole à propos d’un accord concernant les démolitions de maisons du village.

      S’adressant aux journalistes devant le centre médical Soroka de Beer Sheva, le député Ayman Odeh, qui portait un bandage sur la tête après avoir été blessé pendant les manifestations, a réclamé une enquête gouvernementale sur les événements.

      Des démolitions de maisons du village bédouin non autorisé d’Umm al-Hiran, dans le Néguev, ont été perturbées mercredi matin quand une voiture, conduite par l’instituteur du village, Yaqoub Mousa Abu Al-Qian, est entrée dans la ligne formée par les policiers. Un policier, Erez Levi, 34 ans, a été tué, et un autre a été blessé.

      « Nous étions en négociations jusque tard dans la nuit », a déclaré Odeh, sans préciser les responsables présents pour représenter l’Etat.

      « Je participais aux négociations. Nous avions presque terminé. Nous avions atteint un compromis, que les habitants d’Umm al-Hiran ont accepté. Mais le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu, qui a déjà identifié la population arabe comme l’ennemi public numéro un, a cruellement décidé de détruire un village entier, de tirer et de frapper des hommes, des femmes, et des enfants. »(...)

    • Israeli police video reveals cops opened fire on Bedouin man before his car accelerated, contradicting police claims
      19/01/2017
      https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9002

      Ya’akub Musa Abu Al-Qi’an (Photo courtesy of Mossawa Center)

      Adalah demands criminal investigation; police in Umm al-Hiran violated open-fire regulations, and prevented ambulance crew from treating Abu Al-Qi’an for three hours after shooting.

      Hours after Israeli police gunfire led to the death of a Bedouin man during a violent home demolition operation, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel is demanding that Israeli authorities investigate the suspicious circumstances of his death.

      Mr. Ya’akub Musa Abu Al-Qi’an, a 50-year-old math teacher from Atir-Umm al-Hiran in the Naqab (Negev), Israel’s southern desert region, was killed after Israeli police opened fire on his vehicle as he was driving through the Bedouin village during state preparations for a large-scale home demolition.

      The parents of Abu Al-Qi’an have asked Adalah to represent the family and to demand that the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigations Division (Mahash) investigate the circumstances of their son’s death.

      In the letter to Mahash, sent late last night (18 January 2017), Adalah Attorneys Nadeem Shehadeh and Mohammad Bassam argue that police video footage of the incident and eyewitness testimony reveal that police opened fire on Abu Al-Qi’an’s vehicle before he accelerated in the direction of officers. This totally contradicts police claims that Abu Al Qi’an sought to “ram” them with his vehicle.(...)

    • Israeli police close probe into January killing of Palestinian teacher
      Dec. 30, 2017 3:40 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 30, 2017 3:40 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779708

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Police Investigations Division (PID) has decided to close its probe into the January police killing of Palestinian math teacher Yaqoub Abu al-Qian, and to not hold any officers responsible for his death, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said in a statement on Thursday.

      Abu al-Qian, a 50-year-old math teacher from the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel’s Negev desert, was shot dead by Israeli police in January while he was driving at night, causing him to spin out of control and crash into Israeli officers, killing one policeman.

      Abu al-Qian was driving through the village as dozens of Israeli forces were preparing for a large-scale home demolition in Umm al-Hiran. Israeli forces at the time claimed he was attempted to carry out a vehicular attack, though witness testimonies and video footage of the incident proved contradictory to police accusations.

      Israeli police footage appeared to show police officers shooting at al-Qian as he was driving at a very slow pace, and only several seconds after the gunfire does his car appear to speed up, eventfully plowing through police officers.

      The killing of Abu al-Qian sparked widespread outrage amongst Palestinian civilians and politicians, who claimed he was “extrajudicially executed.

      After demands from his family and the community for police to conduct a probe into his killing, Adalah filed a request demanding the PID open an investigation into the death of Abu al-Qian.

      “The closure of this investigation means the PID continues to grant legitimacy to deadly police violence against Arab citizens of Israel,” Adalah said in it’s statement.

  • Israeli forces demolish homes, school in Bedouin village in the Jordan Valley
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=774721

    Comme d’habitude en toute impunité.

    NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished some 15 structures in Khirbet Tana on Tuesday morning, including homes and the only school in the small hamlet, which is located on the outskirts of the village of Beit Furik in the Jordan Valley in the northeastern occupied West Bank.

    The village was demolished at least four times over the course of 2016, leaving scores of Bedouin Palestinians homeless, sparking condemnation from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who warned that the village was at risk of “forcible transfer” by Israeli authorities.

    #israël #bédouins #démolition #occupation #colonisation

  • Clashes break out in Bedouin village after Israeli police deliver demolition orders
    Oct. 27, 2016 11:30 A.M.
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=773739

    NEGEV (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Wednesday between Israeli police and local youth in the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj in Israel’s Negev desert, after Israeli police affixed demolition orders on some villagers’ homes.

    Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained a number of people during the clashes, and that some Bir Hadaj residents were injured in the process.

    They added that Israeli police issued demolition notices for homes belonging to the Abu Murayhil family ordering that the houses be demolished within 24 hours.

    Locals said these houses had been demolished by Israeli authorities two weeks earlier, and had been recently rebuilt with the help of the Higher Guidance Committee of Arab Residents in the Negev.

    “Israel thinks that it will find a solution by using force,” Bir Hadaj local committee head Salama Abu Idesan said. “It is not accustomed to negotiate with citizens, but we confirm that we are willing to have a dialogue and will not leave our land.”

    #colonialisme_de_peuplement_israélien

  • Les #Bédouins du Néguev entre intégration et rupture avec les autorités israéliennes
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/270416/les-bedouins-du-neguev-entre-integration-et-rupture-avec-les-autorites-isr

    Aziz Abou Madigan sur la tombe de son grand-père. © Dave Sinai Poussés à la sédentarisation par #Israël, certains Bédouins du Néguev adoptent petit à petit de nouveaux modes de vie. Mais nombre d’entre eux vivent encore dans des villages que le gouvernement refuse de reconnaître et où les infrastructures les plus élémentaires sont inexistantes. Une situation qui nourrit les frustrations et fait craindre une explosion sociale à venir.

    #International #Moyen-Orient #Palestine

  • On a déjà parlé ici du village palestinien (bédouin) de Susya, en Cisjordanie, menacé de destruction totale (une partie a déjà été détruite depuis les années 1980) et d’expulsion par l’armée israélienne, harcelés (et parfois assassinés) par les colons, de la résistance de sa population, du soutien international, de la pétition (tiens, je vous la renvoie à tout hasard : https://www.change.org/p/monsieur-laurent-fabius-savesusiya-stoppons-l-expulsion )...

    On m’envoie un petit documentaire d’un quart d’heure, qui date de 2011 et qui montre l’absurdité de la situation : le prétexte à l’expulsion des Palestiniens est la présence de ruines juives du 5ème siècle. Encore un exemple où la recherche « scientifique » archéologique n’est qu’un prétexte au service d’une politique raciste et brutale. Les ruines archéologiques se visitent, et les anciens propriétaires palestiniens doivent donc payer un ticket pour voir leur propre maison, 25 ans après en avoir été expulsés :

    Susya (Dani Rosenberg, Yoav Gross, 2011, 15’)
    https://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=3a80ded9-a79d-4eb4-ac3b-f0a75322626f
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pha0K9QmJg

    Et dire que les habitants de Susya sont expulsés par des Juifs européens, au nom de leurs ancêtres qui sont en fait probablement ceux de ceux qu’ils expulsent, convertis entre temps à l’Islam ! On dirait une tragédie greque...

    #Palestine #Susya #Bédouins #Expulsions #villages_détruits #colons #documentaire #archéologie

  • #Israël : le village #bédouin d’#Umm_al_Hiran menacé de #destruction

    En Israël, un village bédouin, Umm al Hiran, lutte pour sa survie. L’Etat a décidé de le détruire pour y construire à la place un village pour des juifs orthodoxes. Les bédouins ont fait appel à la Cour suprême israélienne mais cette dernière a rejeté leur demande. Depuis, ils attendent dans l’angoisse.

    http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20150608-israel-le-village-bedouin-umm-al-hiran-menace-destruction

  • Israël : le village bédouin d’Umm al Hiran menacé de destruction - RFI

    http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20150608-israel-le-village-bedouin-umm-al-hiran-menace-destruction/?ns_mchannel=fidelisation&ns_source=newsletter_rfi_fr_monde&ns_campaign=email&ns

    En #Israël, un village #bédouin, Umm al Hiran, lutte pour sa survie. L’Etat a décidé de le détruire pour y construire à la place un village pour des juifs orthodoxes. Les bédouins ont fait appel à la Cour suprême israélienne mais cette dernière a rejeté leur demande. Depuis, ils attendent dans l’angoisse

    #palestine

  • One last appeal before a Bedouin village in the Negev is demolished and a Jewish town is built in its place – Mondoweiss

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/bedouin-village-demolished

    The Bedouin village of Umm el-Hieran in Israel’s southern Negev desert is running out of time and appeals before it will be razed to the ground and an exclusively Jewish town will be built in its place. After a decade of legal battles—a matrix of court cases over lands, houses, and demolition orders—the Bedouins now have one final petition at their disposal, a re-trial. If they lose this hearing their township will be demolished and the saga will end with a modern Jewish bedroom community owned by a private Israeli developer that does not sell homes to Arabs.

    “We exhausted the appeals process. What we are trying now is a second hearing/review,” said Khalil Alamour, a lawyer with Adalah the legal group representing Umm el Hieran. “At the same time we are submitting a separate request to ‘freeze’ the demolitions until the hearing.”

    In the lead up to the final ruling expected in the next few months the 25 Jewish-Israeli families who want to move into Umm el-Hieran are already living in mobile houses in a nearby nature reserve. They relocated there in 2009. Set behind a barbed-wire fence and a gate, they are ready to motor their caravans downhill to the Bedouin town as soon as the bulldozers remove the last shanty structure. Their hope is to construct 2,500 units serving more than 10,000 Israelis.

    #bédouins #néguev #israël #démolisseurs

  • La Cour suprême israélienne autorise la démolition des habitations bédouines de Oum al-Hiran pour reconstruire une nouvelle ville juive.

    Supreme Court allows state to replace Bedouin village with Jewish one - Israel - Israel News | Haaretz
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.655145

    Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition by residents of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran against their removal and the demolition of the community – in order to construct a new town for Jewish residents in its place. The court ruled the land belongs to the state and the Bedouins have no legal rights to it.

    “The state is the owner of the lands in dispute, which were registered in its name in the framework of the arrangement process; the residents have acquired no rights to the land but have settled them [without any authorization], which the state cancelled legally. In such a situation, there is no justification for intervention in the rulings of the previous courts,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein in the majority opinion.

    Rubinstein ruled that the appeal should be rejected for two reasons: First, because the petition was an indirect attack against the decisions of the government’s establishment of the new community of Hiran, to be built on the state-owned land – a challenge that should have been raised in other forums. Second, the judges ruled the government’s actions did not in any way violate the petitioners’ legal rights – and even if such rights were harmed, it was a “proportionate harm.”

    The Supreme Court decision concerns only the evacuation orders. The Kiryat Gat Magistrate’s Court is scheduled to hold a hearing at the end of this month about the demolition orders for the houses in Umm al-Hiran.

    Residents fought cabinet decision

    In November 2013, a number of families from the Abu Alkiyan clan, who live in the unrecognized community of Umm al-Hiran, filed a petition with the aid of Adalah – Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, to prevent the demolition of their homes and the evacuation of the residents – after the cabinet approved the creation of Hiran and the demolition of their unrecognized village.

    The petitioners claimed they did not squat on the land, but were transferred to the area in the Yattir Forest in 1956 by direct order of the military administration of the time. But now, their lands lie within the master plan of the Be’er Sheva metropolitan area. The government has never denied that the residents were moved to Umm al-Hiran by state authorities. Umm al-Hiran is now home to about 700 people, say residents, but like other Bedouin villages that lack official recognition as local municipal communities, it lacks infrastructure and electricity.

    The Abu Alkiyan clan now resides in two villages, Atir and Umm al-Hiran, located near Wadi Atir, close to Route 316 and east of the village of Houra. Until 1948, the clan lived on the land now used by Kibbutz Shoval. After the War of Independence, they traveled across the Negev looking for new land, but did not find any, because most of it was already claimed by other tribes. In 1956, it approached the military administration and was transferred to the Wadi Atir area. A classified military administration document dating from 1957 says the clan received 7,000 dunams of land near the wadi. It then split into two hamlets that shared the land. Unlike in many Bedouin communities, the houses in Atir and Umm al-Hiran are built of stone.

    Decade of house demolitions

    Over the past decade houses in the village were demolished a number of times, and residents were offered a compromise of moving to the nearby town of Hura, where they would be compensated with an 800-square meter plot of land. But the families who petitioned the court refused the offer, saying they will not be removed from their land a third time.

    Rubinstein wrote about this claim: “This is not expulsion and not expropriation, but the proposed evacuation involves various proposals of moving, construction, compensation and the possibility of homes, whether in the town of Hura where most of the residents of the illegal villages involved will be moved, or in the community of Hiran, which is to be built.”

    In conclusion, Rubinstein said the issue of the Bedouin lands is one of the most difficult and challenging the court has dealt with, and is filled with sensitive emotions and political disputes.

    Justice Daphne Barak-Erez, who disagreed with parts of Rubinstein’s opinion, criticized the government’s actions: “The petitioners cannot receive the full support they asked for, but it is also not possible to reconcile oneself with the flaws in the authorities’ actions concerning the decision on the evacuation and compensation involved.” She said the authorities should reconsider the compensation offered, since the residents had lived there for 20 years and were not trespassing. In addition the state should consider offering them a plot to live in the new town to be built on the land, in addition to the previous proposals, she suggested.

    In 2012, the National Planning and Building Council approved the master plan for Hiran, the latest in a series of decisions on the matter by the state. Despite being approved, work on the town was delayed following the appeal by the Bedouin residents. Hiran is slated for 2,400 housing units, and the Bedouin can also choose to live there if they want, attorney Moshe Golan, representing the government, told the court in one of the hearings. But he noted the Bedouin residents would not receive the same 800-square meter plot in Hiran they would receive elsewhere, since the plots in Hiran were much smaller. The core group of families slated to move to Hiran are national religious Jews, who are to be joined by secular residents moving to the site from the nearby community of Meitar, along with others.

    Salim Abu Alkian of Umm al-Hiran, who led the residents in the court petition, told Haaretz he was disappointed by the decision. “The decision was very disappointing, but we knew beforehand that is what would happen.” He accused the entire Israeli establishment, government and courts of racism.

    Residents plan to stay put

    Abu Alkian said the residents will go on refusing to be moved to nearby Hura: “I will continue to fight since I am not a criminal, and this is my home.” He said they were considering turning to an international court to protest.

    Adalah said that even though the Supreme Court noted in its decision that the residents are living in the area with permission of the state and at its instruction, the “court makes do with the technical authority of the state to act as it pleases with the land on which Umm al-Hiran and Atir sit. In doing so, the court gave legitimacy to the erasing of an entire village off the face of the earth and the expulsion of its residents, while ignoring the entire human, political, social and historical perspective.”

    Adalah said that together with the residents, human rights organizations and Arab community representatives, it would in the coming days examine legal and public tactics to protect the village from demolition

  • Déclaration d’Ayman Odeh, chef de file de la Liste arabe unie, après les annonces dans la presse d’une rencontre avec Netanyahu suite à la destruction de maisons arabes près de Lod :

    (traduction rapide de l’hébreu)

    Netanyahu m’a invité aujourd’hui à le rencontrer, dont aucune date n’a encore été fixée, et comme je l’ai déjà dit à plusieurs reprises dans le passé, la Liste unie acceptera de rencontrer tous ceux qui veulent nous rencontrer, y compris Netanyahu, mais il ne s’agira pas d’une visite de politesse ou de bienséance. Nous viendrons voir le premier ministre avec des revendications claires, dont la première est l’interruption immédiate de la destruction de maisons, la reconnaissance des villages non reconnus du Neguev, et la mise en œuvre immédiate d’un programme détaillé pour l’égalité pour la population arabe israélienne.

    J’aurais souhaité croire que Netanyahu comprend qu’il a commis de lourdes fautes ces derniers temps mais il semble que, comme à son habitude, il fait surtout un travail cosmétique et médiatique, et son service s’efforce de répandre dans les médias la nouvelle d’une future rencontre entre nous, avant même qu’une date ait été fixée. Nous souhaitons nous rendre à une rencontre de travail et non à une réunion de relations publiques.

    Nous veillerons à tenir le public au courant du contenu de cette rencontre, car notre but n’est pas de nous rencontrer pour le plaisir de se rencontrer, mais pour affirmer nos positions et revendiquer nos droits.

    #Ayman-Odeh #rencontre-Netanyahu-Ayman_Odeh