311_AlArakib border police.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A month since the last house demolition, Israel Lands Authority (ILA) bulldozers
returned on Wednesday to the unrecognized Beduin village of Kafr al-Arakib,
leveling dozens of illegally- built structures. Police said one person was
arrested during a protest that ensued and taken for questioning.
added that together with the southern branch of the State Prosecutor’s Office
they are filing a lawsuit against the residents of the village. The act is a
method of demanding compensation for state funds spent to carry out the six
rounds of demolitions.
Previous rulings by the ILA and Israeli courts
have determined that the structures at the village are illegal, while residents
contend it is their ancestral land that they have lived on since before the
founding of the state.
Hours after the demolitions, dozens of protesters
held solidarity rallies in Tel Aviv and Beersheva in support of the
Ya’acov Manor, an Israeli activist involved in the protest
movement against the demolitions, said that he believed that the bulldozers
returned on Wednesday after a month’s absence as an act of revenge for recent
protests against the demolitions.
On Monday a demonstration was held by
representatives of Jewish organizations outside the Jewish National Fund
conference in Atlanta.
The protest coincided with the sending of an open
letter to the JNF, signed by Israeli organizations and hundreds of citizens
opposed to the continued demolitions.
Manor added that activist Haia Noah
from the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality was arrested and violently
assaulted by police. He added that she was interrogated for several hours before
she was taken to a local hospital to be treated for pain in her neck and head.
Police only confirmed that one person was arrested.