Israeli government to “relocate” 2300 Bedouin in order to expand settlement

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Tuesday December 06, 2011 10:12 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli officials have announced a plan to displace twenty Bedouin Arab communities from their homes in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Jericho, and move the residents to a site along the Jerusalem municipal garbage dump.

Bedouin village (image by Times Union)
Bedouin village (image by Times Union)

The forced displacement of the 2300 residents is scheduled to begin next month. It is part of a large plan by the Israeli government to forcibly transfer over 27,000 Bedouins from the West Bank into designated reserves, making their traditional profession of shepherding herds of animals impossible.

Although the Bedouin Arabs are traditionally nomadic, under the last sixty years of Israeli rule, they have been forced out of their herding areas and prevented from constructing homes. Israeli authorities have destroyed the homes of Bedouins living in ‘unrecognized villages’ dozens of times to try to force them to relocate.

Of the 2300 people in the Jahalin tribe scheduled to be transferred next month, two-thirds are children. They currently live in makeshift shacks made of corrugated tin, cardboard and scraps of wood. The Israeli occupying government has refused, through the years, to provide the Bedouin with services, and has forcibly displaced the tribes on a number of occasions.

One resident of the Bedouin village slated for removal, Eid Hamis Swelem Jahalin, 46, told reporters with the British Guardian newspaper, “Because of the [military] closures and the settlements, we are living in a jail which gets smaller every year.”

The current round of displacements will allow for the expansion of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement, an illegal Israeli settlement located east of Jerusalem in the West Bank. According to the Israeli government’s plan, the settlement would be expanded to bisect the West Bank. This would make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible.

The head of the Israeli civil administration visited the Bedouin villages last week to announce the eviction order. According to Jahalin, “He said the land belongs to the government, that we are illegally here. I told him that I lived here before 1967, before you even came to our land.”

The Bedouin say that the displacement will destroy their traditional lifestyle, deny them the ability to graze their livestock, and expose them to health risks by placing them next to the Jerusalem municipal dump.

Source and more at the International Middle East Media Center.

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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