Braverman cancels meeting with Beduin

MK A-Sanaa's compares Israel to Nazis after village razed third time.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 10, 2010 17:02
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braverman , labor 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Minority Affairs Minister Avishai Braverman Tuesday canceled his planned meeting with Beduin representatives from the thrice razed village of al-Arakib.

Braverman decided not to meet with the Beduin representatives after the comments of Arab MK Taleb A-Sanaa (United Arab List - Ta'al) accused the Israeli government of racism and acts "worse than those committed by the Nazis," Israel Radio reported.

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Braverman stated that while he was interested in helping the Beduin residents of the razed village, as the son of a family that survived the Holocaust he felt that A-Sanaa had "crossed all the red lines" with his remarks.

Police and security forces returned early Tuesday morning to al-Arakib to raze rebuilt homes for the third time in two weeks, AFP reported.

Thirty police vehicles arrived at the southern Negev village according to the Negev Coexistence Forum and an AFP correspondent.

"There were about 100 policemen with five or six bulldozers and lorries," Haya Noah, head of the Negev Coexistence Forum told AFP. "They destroyed the village for the third time in two weeks."

More than 1,000 police officers raided the village two weeks ago and destroyed 30 to 40 makeshift structures which housed an estimated 300 Beduin villagers.



Police raided the village again a week later, destroying rebuilding efforts by the residents.


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