Israel to Displace Bedouin Naqab Village

BEERSHEBA, March 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Conformations erupted on Wednesday in the Arab village of Sa’wa in the Naqab desert, after Israeli police and bulldozers broke into the unrecognized village, along with orders to demolish tens of homes, according to local and media sources.

PLS48 website, which reports on the Palestinian communities in Israel, said an Israeli police contingent accompanied by bulldozers stormed the small village in the early morning hours, and evicted most of its residents before proceeding to demolish at least four homes, mainly caravans and tin-made structures.

The village was first demolished last week, but its Bedouin residents were able to set up caravans to remain in their land.

The latest attack comes as part of the Israeli Prawar plan of 2011, in which the Israeli government approved to resettle about 160,000 Palestinian Bedouins – living in about 35 unrecognized villages in the Naqab (Negev) province – to government-planned urban centers that disregard their lifestyle and needs.

The southern Naqab region is home to approximately 160,000 Palestinian Bedouins, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s (ACRI) estimates.

Israel refuses to provide these villages with a planning structure and a place under municipal jurisdiction.

As part of the estimated 1.7 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, they face more than fifty discriminatory laws that limit their access to state resources, the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center reports.

The Israeli government considers the villages “unrecognized” and the inhabitants “trespassers on State land,” so it denies these citizens access to State infrastructure such as water, electricity, sewage, education, health care and roads, according to Adalah.