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al-Arakib razed sixth time

13 October 2010 | International Solidarity Movement

Al-Arakib, the Bedouin village in Negev, was demolished for a sixth time Wednesday morning. Haya Noah, leader of the Forum for co-existence in the Negev, was hit by police officers and arrested following her request to see a court warrant.

Israel Land Administration officials refer to the village as “unrecognized” and have claimed the demolitions are legal because residents “invaded” an area that wasn’t theirs. Villagers say they have owned the land since the Ottoman Empire, and the village graveyard confirms this with graves dating back to 1908.