Israeli soldiers and policemen attacked, Wednesday, Arab member of Knesset (MK) of the Arab Democratic Party, Talab El-Sana’, as he protested the demolition of an Arab home in Tal Es-Sabe’ village, near Be’er Es-Sabe’ (Beersheba).As-Sane’, the longest serving Arab MK, was attacked as he protested the demolition of a home that belongs to resident Ahmad Abu Al-Asa; Israel claims that the home was built without a construction permit.
In a statement issued by his office, As-Sane’ stated that Israeli policemen prevented him from entering the area, and went on to punch him and beat him with their batons.
As-Sane’ stated that the Israeli policies against the Arabs and Palestinian, mainly home demolition policies, are “fascist policy”, and added that “in civilized and democratic countries, governments provide aid to the residents during natural disasters, such as storms, but Israel demolishes Arab homes in extreme weather conditions without any mercy, and leaves the children out in the cold”.
Israel’s policies against the Arabs in the country, including in the Negev, ignore any infrastructure development, any largely prevent the residents from building new homes and structures, while at the same time focus on developing Jewish areas, and building shopping centers.
In 2005, Israel approved the so-called “Negev Development Plan” aiming at building shopping centers and tourist areas, but at the same time displacing around some 65.000 Bedouins living in what Israel refers to as “unrecognized villages”.
Al-Araqeeb village in the Negev is one of the most impacted “unrecognized villages” as it was destroyed more than 41 times.
The Prawer plan calls for annexing more than 700.000 Dunams (185329 acres) and displacing the residents by demolishing 14 villages in the area.
All unrecognized villages in the Negev are under continuing Israeli attacks and violations, as Tel Aviv does not recognize the residents’ right to live on their land — land they inhabited long before the 1948 creation of the state of Israel in historic Palestine.
Unrecognized villages in the Negev are under continuing Israeli attacks and violations, as Tel Aviv does not recognize the residents’ right to live on their land — land they inhabited long before the 1948 creation of the state of Israel in historic Palestine.