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Palestinian village demolished for the ‘100th time since 2010’

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Israel has demolished the Arab village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev “for the 100th time since July 2010” and the second time since the beginning of Ramadan, locals and activists say.

“A large number of Israeli police accompanied with bulldozers stormed the village [on Wednesday] at dawn and demolished all the houses, tents and other facilities,” local activist Aziz Al-Touri told The Middle East Monitor media outlet.

Israeli authorities claimed that they leveled the village because it was constructed on state land and didn’t have the necessary building permits.

Another activist, Saleem Araqeeb, said that the demolition of the village went ahead despite a decision by the Israeli Higher Court of Justice that ruled al-Araqib’s lands don’t belong to the state, as quoted by the International Middle East Media Center.

He added that after the decision, Israeli authorities filed another lawsuit urging the court to order al-Araqib’s residents to pay a daily fine of 5,000 shekels (around $1280).

Moreover, the villagers have also been sued for the cost of the first eight demolitions of their village, for which Israel is seeking 1.8 million shekels ($467,000), Al-Jazeera reported.



Israel is looking like a bully in this.  The harshness is not going to pay off for them.  Is there anywhere that the Palestinians are allowed to live or does everything belong to them?  These people are full Israeli citizens, by the way. 


The residents of these villages are full Israeli citizens, but the state doesn’t provide them with water, electricity, infrastructure, or sewage systems.



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