Middle East Monitor / October 3, 2022
Israeli authorities demolished, on Monday morning, all the tents and structures in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev/Naqab desert for the 207th consecutive time, displacing its Bedouin residents, the Palestinian Information Centre reported today.
According to local sources, Israeli police forces and employees from the Bedouin Development Authority — which is responsible for such demolitions — stormed the village and wreaked havoc on everything.
Consequently, dozens of Bedouin citizens, including children, have become homeless again and will suffer from the harsh weather conditions of the desert for a while, before they could have new make-shift homes again.
Al-Araqeeb residents live in a constant state of fear because they expect the demolition of their village at any moment after they manage to rebuild it. About 22 families made up of 110 people live in Al-Araqeeb.
An estimated 80,000 Bedouin Palestinians, who carry Israeli citizenship, live in several Negev communities, which are often denied vital services, including water, electricity and educational facilities.
The village was first levelled in July 2010 and, every time the residents of Al-Araqeeb rebuild their tents and small homes, occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month.
Located in the Negev desert, the village is one of 51 “unrecognized” Arab villages in the area and is constantly targeted for demolition ahead of plans to Judaize the Negev, by building homes for new Jewish communities. Israeli bulldozers, which Bedouins are charged for, demolish everything, from the trees to the water tanks, but Bedouin residents have tried to rebuild it every time.
Bedouins in the Negev must abide by the same laws as Jewish Israeli citizens. They pay taxes, but do not enjoy the same rights and services as Jews in Israel and the State has repeatedly refused to connect the towns to the national grid, water supplies and other vital amenities.