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Israel demolishes Palestinian home in the Negev

Oct. 2, 2013 1:54 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 12:11 P.M.)
BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian home in the Negev, leaving 10 people homeless.

Over 100 Israeli policemen arrived in the village of Wadi al-Niem accompanied by bulldozers and a helicopter, local committee head Lubad Abu Affash said.

"It's as if they came to the village just to fight the people in the village, and they left after surrounding the area and demolishing the house," Abu Affash told Ma'an.

The home belonged to Foad Ismael al-Jarjawi, leaving him, his wife and their eight children homeless.

"The owner has eight children who will come back from school to find they don't have a home anymore, there is great resentment in the village. We did not refuse to negotiate with the Israeli authorities about the future of the village, but they treat us brutally," Abu Affash added.

Palestinian member of the Knesset Talab Abu Arar said that this is the beginning of the Prawer Plan, even though it wasn't officially confirmed by the Israeli government.

"If a Jewish man was taken out of his house because he didn't pay his rent, the Israeli authorities would provide a home for him, but for Arabs their houses are demolished and they're left out in the streets," he added.

In August, Israeli forces destroyed three Palestinian homes in the Negev.

The Israeli government in January approved the Prawer-Begin Bill, calling for the relocation of 30,000 - 40,000 Bedouin, the demolition of about 40 villages and the confiscation of more than 700,000 dunams of land in the Negev.

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