Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Israel Uproots

250 Olive Trees Belonging To Arabs In The Negev

Saed Bannoura - IMEMC

Uprooted Olive Tree - File Photo by Christoph Gocke-EAPPI

May 26, 2009

The so-called Israel’s Land Authority uprooted on Monday nearly 250 olive trees and several fig trees and grapevines south of Shqeib Al Salaam Arab village in the Negev.

The authorities then loaded the uprooted trees onto trucks and took them away.

The new violation is one of numerous ongoing violations carried out by Israel against the "unrecognized" Arab villages in the Negev.

Such violations harm the very existence of Arabs in the region as Israel repeatedly demolished their homes and displaced the villagers.

The Regional Council of the Unrecognized Arab Villages in the Negev demanded Israel to recognize the ownership rights of Arabs in the Negev and to recognize the Arab villages there.

Ibrahim Al Waqeely, head of the Regional Council of the Unrecognized Arab villages, told the Arabs48 news ebsite that instead of preserving the greenery, Israel is uprooting trees and terrifying the Arabs to force them out.
He added that Israel continues its illegal actions against the Arabs in the Negev while at the same time is building Jewish-only areas.

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