URGENT ACTION: Help save Al Arakib from destruction and forced eviction!
This morning, according to reports from the Negev Forum for Coexistence, Israeli Forces have started destroying Al Araqib again – the demolitions included water tanks, structures around the cemetery and upheaval all around. The situation is urgent!
The village of Al Arakib has already been destroyed more than 60 times since July 2010, and each time the villagers have rebuilt their homes, determined to stay on their ancestral lands, despite the physical and emotional hardships. This time the Israelis are trying to force them off their land permanently.
The demolitions taking place this morning (Thursday 12 June)
The remaining residents had received eviction orders stating that by 13th July they must leave the village or be evicted by force. The orders include the dead and people who have left the village.The residents of Al Arakib lay claims to the lands on which their village is built and from which they were first evicted after the establishment of the State in the fifties. Their land claims are still before the courts and have yet to be decided.During the last four years the non-violent resistance of Al Arakib has become a symbol of the Arab-Bedouin struggle against Israeli government plans to forcibly concentrate its Bedouin citizens in government “planned” townships and to demolish 35 so-called unrecognised villages, whose population numbers in the thousands. Al Arakib must not fall! Please act now to prevent an eviction that will set the Negev (known in Arabic as the Naqab) aflame.
What you can do!
Today you can phone the Israel political desk at the Foreign Office (the FCO) on 020 7008 1500 and ask them to make urgent representations to the Israeli Government. Also Tweet the FCO or comment on one of their facebook posts>
Sign the petition – produced by groups working directly with the villagers: the Coalition for Al Arakib, the Negev Coexistence Forum and the Recognition Forum –
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Three things you can do:
1. Sign our letter calling for Sainsbury’s to stop using suppliers that profit from settlements
2. Take part in one of the campaigning events taking part outside Sainsbury’s stores on Saturday 5 July
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