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Mother, 9 children homeless after Israel demolishes home

October 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm

An Israeli excavator demolishes a Palestinian building on 1 May 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces today demolished a Palestinian home in the Kuseifeh village in Israel’s Negev desert, leaving a family of ten homeless.

Local sources told Ma’an that the Israeli crews stormed the Kuseifeh village and demolished the Palestinian home under the pretext that it was built without planning permission.

Sources confirmed that a Palestinian mother along with her nine children lived in the home.

The village is located in an area which the government had approved for demolition in 2011.

According to Israeli human rights group Adalah, the plan would “result in the destruction of 35 “unrecognised” Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Negev.

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“More than half of the approximately 160,000 Negev Bedouins reside in unrecognised villages, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

Rights groups have claimed that the demolitions in Bedouin villages are a central Israeli policy aimed at removing the indigenous Palestinian population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned townships to make room for the expansion of Jewish Israeli communities.