Soldiers Demolish Northern Plains Village
Monday September 16, 2013 08:53 by IMEMC & Agencies
As part of ongoing violations against the Palestinians, living in small villagers, in the West Bank Northern Plains area, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Khirbit Makhoul, and demolished homes and residential structures.
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Local sources said that dozens of Israeli military jeeps, and military bulldozers, invaded the village and started demolishing its structures.
The sources added that the villagers never received any notices or orders from the military, and never had the chance to legally challenge the Israeli decision.
The Palestinian News & Info Agency WAFA, has reported that the Israeli military attack led to the displacement of more than 120 persons.
He added that this attack is not the first of its kind against the village and its inhabitants.
WAFA added that the soldiers declared the village a closed military zone, and preventing journalists and residents from entering or leaving it.
The small village is located between a number of illegal Israeli settlement, and an Israeli army base.
Israel does not recognize dozens of small villages, Bedouin tribes, in the Northern Plains areas of the West Bank, and near occupied East Jerusalem, as well as near Hebron and other areas.
With no services, no recognition from the occupation, those villages have been repeatedly demolished, and removed, and the residents are frequently displaced due to Israel’s ongoing violations.
Bedouin villages in the Negev are also subject to such frequent attacks and violations, as dozens of small villages have been uprooted and demolished, some tribes have been displaced and their shelters removed hundreds of times.
Hundreds of similar attacks targeted Bedouins in the Negev, who live in villages unrecognized by Israel, and are subject to frequent displacement and ongoing assaults.
Around 70,000 Arab Bedouin – whose presence in the Negev dates to the seventh century – live in 35 villages that either predate the establishment of the state of Israel in historic Palestine in 1948.
These villages are not recognized by Israel, and the inhabitants are considered trespassers. Basic services have been withheld from these villages, and thousands of houses have been demolished since 2011.
Palestinian Bedouins have faced decades of repression and forced removal by Israeli authorities as a result of this refusal to recognize their legitimate claim to continue to live on their ancestral land.