Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns

Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns
Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns
Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns
Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns

Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns

Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns/Reuters

Israeli Construction on Palestinian Lands Raises Concerns

Israel’s construction of a town exclusively for Jewish Israelis, built over homes destroyed in Umm al-Hiran, a Palestinian Bedouin village in southern Israel, sparks controversy.

The village faced forced evictions in 2017, resulting in destruction and relocation. While some inhabitants moved to Hurra, others, approximately 200 people, resisted leaving Umm al-Hiran, categorized as one of 35 “unrecognized” towns by Israel.

The “unrecognized” status denies basic rights and services to these villages, justifying confiscations. On February 27, Palestinian Bedouins from such villages were barred from voting in municipal elections.

The legal ambiguity allows the state to deny municipal services and private ownership, leading residents to self-sufficiency in areas like electricity and garbage collection.

Concerns persist about potential eviction and the establishment of Jewish settlements.

The precarious legal status, compounded by political shifts, perpetuates uncertainty for these communities. Human rights battles have been waged against demolitions, with mixed outcomes, as residents fear the ongoing threat of dispossession.

The construction of a town exclusively for Jewish Israelis exacerbates tensions and raises questions about land rights, democracy, and the preservation of a traditional way of life for Palestinian Bedouins.

References from Al Jazeera

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