2 die as Israeli security forces, Bedouins clash
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
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.