2 die as Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces, Bedouins clash

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A PALES­TINIAN cit­i­zen of Is­rael and an Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cer have been killed in clashes be­tween Bedouins and Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces in Umm Al Hi­ran in the Negev desert in south­ern Is­rael.

The bloody con­fronta­tions broke out as Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces de­mol­ished homes and ex­pelled about 1000 res­i­dents of the Be­douin vil­lage, Mos­sawa, the Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre For Arab Ci­ti­zens In Is­rael, said on Wed­nes­day.

Is­raeli po­lice shot dead Yakub Abu Al Kiyan, a Be­douin with Is­raeli cit­i­zen­ship, who they claimed was a ter­ror­ist who had tried to ram po­lice with his car.

But a video of the in­ci­dent showed Al Kiyan los­ing con­trol of his car after po­lice had fired nu­mer­ous shots at him.

After this his car rolled and crashed into po­lice of­fi­cer Erez Levi, killing him.

Dur­ing the clashes five pro­test­ers were in­jured, in­clud­ing an Is­raeliArab mem­ber of the Knes­set, or Is­raeli par­lia­ment, Ay­man Odeh.

After a 13-year le­gal bat­tle, the Is­rael Supreme Court au­tho­rised the de­mo­li­tion of the vil­lage to make way for a Jewish-only com­mu­nity.

Res­i­dents were first ex­pelled by the Is­raeli govern­ment from their land in Khir­bet Zubaleh, on which their fam­i­lies had lived for gen­er­a­tions. They were sub­se­quently forced to move from place to place un­til they were re­set­tled un­der Is­raeli Defence Force (IDF) or­ders in Atir/Umm al-Hi­ran in 1956.

De­spite be­ing set­tled by the govern­ment, Umm Al Hi­ran never re­ceived of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion.

The state orig­i­nally claimed the vil­lagers were il­le­gal tres­passers. How­ever, the Supreme Court de­ter­mined in 2015 that the res­i­dents were not tres­pass­ing, but ruled against the vil­lagers’ claims to Umm Al Hi­ran say­ing it was on state lands.

As a re­sult, the vil­lagers had no le­gal stand­ing to stop the de­mo­li­tion. The state of­fered to move the vil­lagers to the Be­douin com­mu­nity of Hura.

But Umm Al Hi­ran res­i­dents were un­will­ing to move to Hura be­cause of its poor in­fra­struc­ture. – ANA

PIC­TURE: EPA

A young Be­douin man picks through the rub­ble of his home that was de­mol­ished by Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces in the vil­lage of Umm el Hi­ran in the Negev Desert, south­ern Is­rael.

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