Al-Araqib

Al-Araqib                                                Photo Gallery                                                   2011

The Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib is located deep in the Naqab region close to Bir al-Saba. al-Araqib is one of the 'Unrecognized villages' that do not exist on Israeli maps, are not connected to national power or water grids, and have no state educational or health care infrastructure. Between 2010-11, the village was destroyed either entirely on partially more than 20 times by the Israeli forces as they attempt to remove the Bedouin from their lands. After each demolition, the Bedouin rebuild as part of their ongoing resistance. The Prawer Plan (passed in the Israeli Knesset in September 2011), was Israeli state legislation that declared that al-Araqib's villagers along with more than 30,000 other Bedouin in the Naqab region must be 'removed' (forcibly displaced) from their lands.

In May 2012, al-Araqib was again entirely raised to the ground by Israeli forces.
   
‘From Al-Araqib to Susiya’               Film                       15 minutes                                       2013
 
In a new film, Adalah captures the stories of two Palestinian villages, Al-Araqib and Susiya – one in Israel, one in the West Bank – that share a single story of struggle against forced displacement. The film documents a journey between the two villages and two communities, whose very existence on their land is under threat today. It also demonstrates how, in the face of a single Israeli policy to forcibly displace Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line, the people are drawing on deep reserves of courage and steadfastness to remain on their land
 
(Produced by Adalah: The legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel www.adalah.org)
 

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