Thursday, September 15, 2011

Israel to forcibly evict Bedouins from West Bank

State accelerates relocation of thousands of Bedouins from Area C, which is under complete Israeli control.

By Amira Hass , Haaretz,  Sept. 14, 2011


The Civil Administration is expected to begin forcefully moving Bedouin in the West Bank to a permanent location as part of a plan to remove all the Bedouin in Area C (under both Israel’s civilian and military aegis) from lands they have been living on for decades.
The plan will eventually relocate Bedouin living in other areas of the West Bank. According to various calculations, some 27,000 Bedouin live in the West Bank, mostly in Area C.
bedouin - Michal Fattal - September 14 2011 A Bedouin family in their tent near Ramallah.
Photo by: Michal Fattal

The first to be relocated will be the approximately 2,400 Bedouin living in an area east of Jerusalem, which will make it easier for Israel to implement its plan to expand the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim and other settlements to create contiguity of construction for Jews up to Jerusalem.

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