The Israeli authorities demolished, Thursday, the al-Arakib Bedouin village, in the Negev Desert, for the 185th time in a row.
The soldiers, accompanied by the police, stormed the Bedouin community, before destroying its tents, tin shelters, and barns, rendering the residents homeless for the 185th time.
The Bedouin village was destroyed by Israel for the first time in the year 2000, and this year, it was demolished last, on March 11th, 2021, for the fourth time this year alone.
Israeli still refuses to recognize dozens of Palestinian Bedouin villages in the Negev and continues to displace the residents. Al-Araqib village in the Negev is one of the most impacted “unrecognized villages” in the Negev.
In the year 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.”
The 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.