Published: 2017-11-16 12:16
Last Updated: 2017-11-16 12:16
Israeli forces stormed into Al Araqeeb village on Thursday morning, destroying all the buildings that were rebuilt by the village’s residents after they were demolished last month.
The last time Israel demolished the village was on 25 October, 2017, making this the 121st time their village had been destroyed.
Al Araqeeb village is one of the 35 Bedouin villages in the Naqab desert that are “unrecognized” by the Israeli government. This comes as part of Israel’s efforts to evacuate the village’s residents.
The Israeli government uses a variety of measures to pressure Bedouins into relocating to government-planned urban centers that disregard their lifestyle and needs, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
Demolitions targeting Palestinians with an Israeli citizenship have sharply increased in 2017. An Israeli police raid to evacuate the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran turned deadly in January, and sparked widespread protests of the treatment of Palestinian citizens in Israel, WAFA reported.