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Israel demolishes Palestinian family home in Negev

Nov. 22, 2018 2:28 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2018 1:35 P.M.)
NEGEV (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian-owned family home, workshop, and a structure, on Thursday, in Rahat town in Negev, in southern Israel, under the pretext that the structure was built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

According to local sources, Israeli forces along with bulldozers stormed the area, closed all main streets, and prevented residents from reaching the area.

Sources said that Israeli bulldozers completely demolished three structures, including a family home.

The Israeli government has plans to evacuate thousands of Bedouin residents to officially recognized Bedouin townships, one of which is Rahat, in order to build new housing on the evacuated land for non-Bedouin Israeli citizens.

According to Israeli human rights group Adalah, the plan would "result in the destruction of 35 'unrecognized’' Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Negev."

Bedouin communities in the Negev have been the target of a heightened demolition campaign in recent weeks, following Israeli leaders publicly expressing their commitment to demolish Palestinian structures lacking difficult to obtain Israeli-issued building permits across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem in response to the Israeli-court sanctioned evacuation of the illegal Amona settler outpost in 2017.

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