1 June 2011 | International Solidarity MovementAt 8am on Monday May 30, eight Israeli jeeps and two bulldozers destroyed two Bedouin “barracks” (shacks) in the village of Arab Abu Farda, south of Qalqilya. One of the barracks belonged to Abdul Qader and was home to 12 people and the other housed cows which belonged to his neighbor. According to Abdul Qader, the Israeli army came without warning, gave the family no opportunity to take out their belongings, (not even anything for the children) and used unnecessary force and aggression with them.
Abdul Qader lives with his wife and his eight children, the eldest being 13 years old, the youngest being one year old, plus two female cousins. They are agricultural people, who work with sheep. The barrack had no running water and no electricity; the family used a motor for electricity and had to buy very expensive water tanks to enable them to have water for them and their animals. They have lived like this for many years. Qader´s wife told ISM that one of her children had asked her: “Why do we live like this, we have no electricity, no water, no school”. And she has always tried to find an answer for her children. Now she has no answer for them when they ask why they have no house. They were struggling to find a place to stay for the night and repeatedly said “Where are my children going to sleep tonight?”
Arab Abu Farda is a small Bedouin village with approximately 75 inhabitants in the south of Qalqilya, but it is located on the other side of the separation barrier, which makes it isolated from the West Bank.