Israeli authorities will expel the residents of Umm Al-Hiran, a Bedouin Palestinian village in the Negev, in a matter of weeks, as plans proceed to build a new Jewish town in its place.
Yair Maayan, head of the government authority for Bedouin "resettlement" in the Negev, told the Jerusalem Post that Umm Al-Hiran's residents – all Israeli citizens – will be forced out in April.
"The Israel Lands Authority has issued eviction notices", Maayan said yesterday, adding that the plan was to force the villagers to live in Hura, a government-approved Bedouin town.
Umm Al-Hiran is to be demolished in order for a new town, Hiran, to be built in its place, "which is to be populated mostly by religious Jews". The Israeli state plan has been backed by the Supreme Court.
The Bedouin Palestinian residents of Umm al-Hiran are facing their third expulsion, having been expelled from their lands in 1948 and again in 1956.
Local activist Raed Abu al-Kaeean told the Jerusalem Post "that police have informed residents that they must leave by April 1 'or be evicted by force'". He added that police have been visiting the village to plan "how to make the incursion and to destroy the village".