Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Four Bedouin houses destroyed in the Negev
Forces demolished the homes of Atef Al-Athamen, who plans to marry soon, and Nayed Abu Ghuneima, a father of six, as well as two others in Khashim Zena village in the Negev region, local residents said.
A statement from the Arab League follow-up committee said Israeli authorities claimed the homes did not have licenses, despite that the Bedouin villages in the area pre-date the establishment of the State of Israel. An Israeli police spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Israeli forces in the past weeks demolished no less than five consecutive times the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib (picture) in the Negev, each time after the inhabitants had rebuilt (some of) it with the help of Israeli peace activitsts, also claiming that it has been built without a permit.