Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Demolished village is demolished. Wait, what? How?

I previously posted (here and here) about Al-Arakib, a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert of Israel, which was demolished week. Every single home was bulldozed, 200-400 people were made homeless, made possible by the exorbitant presence of 1,300 police.

Why were these homes demolished? Well, because they residents aren't Jewish. Illegal outposts (illegal even according to Israel's own law) exist all over the West Bank and they are not demolished. But Arab citizens of Israel, living inside Israel proper, are subject to home demolitions. That can only be one thing, racism. Israel is a racist, apartheid state, which gives preference to Jews and doles out unjust treatment to non-Jews. It's in your face, in one nice neat package. Israeli Arabs are now without structures to protect themselves from the heat that is well over 100 degrees in the Negev this time of year.

So, all the homes were destroyed last week, why am I still writing about this?

Today, 10 temporary structures, probably something like tents were again destroyed by the Israeli administration, with armed police protection.

A member of the Israeli Knesset (the parliament) was arrested for refusing to leave one of the structures to be demolished.

The only video I could find is in Hebrew:







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