On Monday morning, Israeli soldiers demolished the Al-Arakib village in the Negev for the 14th time this year and the 210th time since July 2010.

Media sources said several military and police vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded and demolished the village after forcing the residents out of their dwellings.

The sources added that the soldiers imposed a strict siege on the village and surrounding area before commencing with the demolition and displacement.

The demolition was carried out less than a month after the soldiers invaded the community and demolished it on November 14.

The village was demolished fourteen times this year, fourteen times last year, in 2021, and 210 times since it was first destroyed on July 27, 2010.

Al-Arakib is a Palestinian village located to the north of the city of Beersheba in the Negev desert (southern Palestine). It was established for the first time during Ottoman rule.

It is one of the 51 Arab villages in the Negev that the Israeli government does not recognize, although they predate Israel.

The occupation authorities have worked since 1951 to expel its residents to control their lands through extensive house demolitions and the vast lands equivalent to two-thirds of historic Palestine.

Israeli bulldozers demolished the village on July 27, 2010; Israeli troops demolished all its homes and displaced hundreds of its residents under the pretext of building without a permit.

The residents of the village built it again, to be demolished, again and again.

The steadfastness of Al-Araqib became a symbol of the battle of wills waged by the Palestinians of the occupied interior, especially in the Negev, to survive and preserve land and identity from the policies of Judaization.

About 240,000 Palestinians live in the Negev desert, half of whom live in villages and Bedouin camps, some of which have been in place for hundreds of years.

The Israeli occupation authorities do not recognize their ownership of the lands of these villages and communities, refuse to provide them with basic services such as water and electricity and try by all means and methods to push the Palestinian Arabs to despair and frustration to uproot and displace them.

Article 17 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in section 1: Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others, and in section 2: No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

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