Demolitions begin in unrecognized Beduin village slated for destruction

The state’s efforts to force Beduin residents to relocate from their unrecognized Negev village of Umm al-Hiran so as to make way for a new Jewish town to be established in its place have begun to bear fruit, with one resident agreeing under apparent pressure to demolish his home and animal sheds.

Under the agreement, the resident, Ahmad Abu-al Kaeean, will relocate to the nearby Beduin city of Hura, where authorities hope the entire village of some 700 people will relocate. He has already destroyed five sheds for sheep and chickens and has until December 30 to demolish the structures in which his family of 30 live, said Ra’ad Abu al Kaeean, head of the local residents committee, who is from the same extended family as Ahmad.


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