Bulldozers to raze Palestinian village in Israel

    Bulldozers to raze Palestinian village in Israel

    Nov.22, Palestinia: The Israeli government has announced plans to demolish Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the country's southern Negev region that is home to Palestinian citizens of Israel.

    The Israel Lands Administration (ILA), a governmental body that administers public land, said it will begin razing the village on Tuesday. At least 30 residents will be displaced.

    At time of publication, the ILA had not replied to Al Jazeera's request for comment.

    The Israeli government plans to build a Jewish village for families linked to illegal settlement movement in the occupied West Bank in the place of Umm al-Hiran, while forcibly transferring Palestinian villagers to planned townships in the Negev desert.

    A petition was filed on Monday in a court by Adalah, a Haifa-based advocacy group for the rights of the estimated 1.7 million Palestinians who carry Israeli citizenship and live in cities, towns and villages within the country's borders.

    "The case of Umm al-Hiran encapsulates Israel's land policy - whether it's on the Israeli side of the Green Line or the occupied territories," Amjad Iraqi, Adalah's international advocacy coordinator, told Al Jazeera, referring to the line demarcating present-day Israel from the occupied West Bank. 

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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