Published: 2017-12-27 17:12
Last Updated: 2017-12-27 19:57
Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi, a 68-year-old Palestinian who was arrested by Israeli forces, was sentenced to 10-months, the Institute for Middle East Understanding reported.
The Israeli court accused Sheikh Sayah of rebuilding structures in his Bedouin village, Al-Araqib, after it was demolished by Israeli military forces.
After Israeli forces repeatedly demolished Al Araqib village for 121 times, Sheikh Sayah led a movement to rebuild his village for many years, standing in the face of occupation.
Israeli forces tried to evict him several times since 1998, claiming his village is a state land, ignoring the fact that Al Turi’s family lived there for several generations.
The last time Israel demolished the village was on 25 October, 2017, making this the 121st time their village had been destroyed.
Al Araqib village is one of a 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.