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#1 9 years ago

By Yolande Knell BBC News, Jerusalem

Israel is suing a group of Bedouin in the Negev desert for the costs of demolishing their village each time they rebuild it.

The claim for more than $500,000 in damages was lodged at an Israeli court on Tuesday.

Israel's justice ministry says the aim is to "maintain the rule of law and the public purse".

The Bedouin say they will continue to reconstruct their homes in al-Araqib, to which they claim historic rights.

The Israeli state is the registered owner of the land to the south of the Negev city of Rahat.

The Bedouin say they have repeatedly asked for planning permits for their makeshift homes but they have been refused. The Israeli authorities say the land is reserved for agricultural use.

Last July, an eviction order was issued and Israeli security forces moved in to destroy 45 homes, animal pens and other structures.

Since then the Israeli authorities have demolished structures in al-Araqib more than 20 times. Each time, the Bedouin return and rebuild. Bedouin defiance

Israel's justice ministry says the defendants have not respected legal rulings and continue to build illegally.

In a long statement it said the civil lawsuit was launched to reclaim the "heavy costs to the state" of demolitions - including the use of heavy equipment and police security.

The case brought by the Southern District Prosecution is directed at 34 people.

"What's happening is political at the end of the day," a Bedouin spokesman, Awad Abu Freih, told the BBC. "They want to scare us in order to prevent us from rebuilding. They want to make Araqib an example to others.

"But that will never happen. This court case will not deter us. We are going to rebuild again," he said.

Some 300 people are said to live in al-Araqib, about half of them children.

Rights groups have previously called for the Israeli government to stop the demolitions of homes of Bedouin citizens.

Human Rights Watch says that nearly 90,000 Palestinian Arab Bedouins in the Negev region of southern Israel live in dozens of unrecognised towns and villages.

BBC News - Israel sues Bedouin for $500,000 in eviction costs

LOL. And I thought I've seen it all from this shinning beacon of Democracy! Thoughts? I under lined and bold-ed a sentence there for the idiotic hypocrisy displayed.




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#2 9 years ago

Does Israel have any sort of concept of squatter's rights?




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#3 9 years ago

This is a serious abuse that Israel loves to carry out on their minority groups. Demand everyone comply with building permits, and then make them impossible to get for people they don't like.

But to be fair, Israel is by far not the only country doing this. I recall reading recently about several African nations leasing land out from under people's feet to foreign corporations for agricultural development (Which is extremely lucrative because of the worldwide food crisis)




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#4 9 years ago

We must tread carefully with discussions like this. No matter how legitimate the criticism, and regardless of the policy or procedure. We run the risk of being labeled antisemitic thru mere discourse.




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#5 9 years ago
Israel's justice ministry says the defendants have not respected legal rulings and continue to build illegally.

Teehee, the irony!




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#6 9 years ago
Joe Bonham;5537899 But to be fair, Israel is by far not the only country doing this.

True. This is normal behavior for states dealing with nomadic groups or the poor that build their own settlements. Migrants and gypsies across Europe are also often evicted from makeshift homes which are then destroyed.




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#7 9 years ago
Sedistix;5538059We must tread carefully with discussions like this. No matter how legitimate the criticism, and regardless of the policy or procedure. We run the risk of being labeled antisemitic thru mere discourse.

Indeed. Holocaust survivors protesting Israeli settlements are anti-Semites. They should be gassed.




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#8 9 years ago
Joe Bonham;5538187Indeed. Holocaust survivors protesting Israeli settlements are anti-Semites. They should be gassed.

Impossible. In the glorious state, the beacon of democracy of the Middle-East, Israel, no individual protests against the settlements! Otherwise, prison awaits them.




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#9 9 years ago
Joe Bonham;5538187Indeed. Holocaust survivors protesting Israeli settlements are anti-Semites. They should be gassed.

You know that I laid out a blanket sarcasm, right?

For example...




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#10 9 years ago

Bro, I'm agreeing with you.

(And I did see that Ron Paul video. It's priceless. Funny how Conservatives cry about liberals "pulling the race card", but when anyone mentions Israel the first word out of their mouth is "anti-Semite".