Tuesday, May 23
Latest News
  1. Officials identify Palestinian teen killed at West Bank checkpoint
  2. Trump to meet with Abbas in Bethlehem during brief visit in West Bank
  3. EU missions condemn death sentences issued in Gaza
  4. Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians in Beit Ummar
  5. Palestinian shot and injured by Israeli forces with live fire in Gaza
  6. Israeli forces kill Palestinian in alleged stabbing attempt
  7. Clashes erupt in Beit Ummar as Israeli forces raid the village
  8. 13 Palestinians shot, injured, in clashes in Ramallah, Hebron
  9. Israel returns body of slain Jordanian citizen to Jordanians
  10. Heightened security measures in Israel, West Bank for Trump's visit

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian structures in the Negev

March 1, 2017 2:40 P.M. (Updated: March 1, 2017 9:38 P.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities demolished Palestinian structures in the town of Rahat and in the village of Kuseifa in the Negev region of southern Israel in two separate incidents Tuesday morning, under the pretext that they lacked Israeli-issued building permits.

Israeli news site Arab48 reported that Israeli police forces stormed Neighborhood 9 in Rahat as bulldozers demolished an exterior wall and were preparing to demolish other homes in the city.

East of Rahat, in the village of Kuseifa, Israeli police escorted bulldozers to demolish a home there, witnesses told the news outlet.

The report added that Israeli police and bulldozers stationed near the Nebatim airport near the entrance to the village of al-Surra were also preparing to carry out demolitions.

Bedouin communities in the Negev have been the target of a heightened demolition campaign in recent weeks, following Israeli leaders publicly expressing their commitment to demolish Palestinian structures lacking difficult to obtain Israeli-issued building permits across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem in response to the Israeli-court sanctioned evacuation of the illegal Amona settler outpost.

A raid to demolish homes in the unrecognized Bedouin community of Umm al-Hiran in January left two people killed, including a local Palestinian math teacher, sparking widespread outrage among Bedouins and the wider Palestinian community.

Meanwhile, a week prior to the evacuation of Umm al-Hiran, Israel demolished 11 Palestinian homes in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel, leaving many Palestinian families homeless.

The demolitions have sparked widespread protest, and recently, a group of Bedouin reservist soldiers announced that they would refuse to report for duty, citing “betrayal” by the Israeli state and a wider cultural of racial discrimination.

Right groups have argued that the aim of home demolitions is to forcibly displace Palestinians from the region, regardless of their status as residents of the occupied West Bank or East Jerusalem, or as citizens of Israel -- despite the varying legal justifications used by Israel in each instance.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2017