To build a new settlement over the rubble of 600 Palestinian homes in the vicinity of Jerusalem

“The Displacement of Arab Al-Ka’abna” .. The third uprooting of settlements does not stop

  • 600 Palestinians face deportation under tragic circumstances.

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  • Israel has notified 15 families of the demolition of their homes in "Arab al-Kaabna".

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  • Residents of the Arab al-Kaabneh community face a third deportation.

    Emirates today


To the northwest of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, the Bedouin community "Arab Al-Kaabna" is located in the area separating the two Jerusalem towns of Bir Nabala and Beit Hanina. Within this community, 60 Palestinian Bedouin families face the threat of displacement and expulsion from their original land. The Israeli occupation mechanisms razed their homes, in which they have lived for nearly 39 years.

The residents of “Arab al-Kaabna” are facing Israeli uprooting methods within a plan of forced displacement from the vicinity of the city of Jerusalem, in the interest of settlement expansion, the latest of which was notifying 15 families of demolishing their homes and leaving the entire area, on Tuesday 13 September, to become homeless and face an unknown fate.

On Monday, the ninth of last August, the occupation bulldozers demolished housing and agricultural facilities (brakes) in the Bedouin community of Arab al-Kaabneh, under the pretext of not having a license, according to the head of the Bedouin community of Arab al-Kaabneh, Muhammad al-Kaabneh.

Al-Kaabneh indicates that the five facilities house 25 Palestinians from the Bedouin community, pointing out that the demolition was carried out without prior warning by the Israeli authorities.

third relay

The occupation forces claim that the land of “Arab al-Kaabna”, which covers an area of ​​more than 200 dunams, is owned by an Israeli company, and that it is planning to establish a settlement instead of Palestinian homes, in the interest of settlement expansion north of the Holy City of Jerusalem.

For his part, the head of the Arab al-Kaabna community, in his interview with Emirates Today, confirms that the residents of the Bedouin community have been living in their current location since 1983, after a journey of displacement that extended from the Palestinian Negev desert, to the areas of the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank, to end with them. The case is to the north of Jerusalem.

Al-Kaabneh says: “The Israeli forces have twice expelled us from the areas we live in, for the purpose of establishing new settlements. In the first time, the occupation established a settlement (Kfar Adumim), and in the second time it established a settlement (Mitzpe Jericho) in the area separating the city of Jericho and Jerusalem.”

He added, "We are facing arbitrary practices, due to the occupation procedures and the provocations of the settlers, and we live in a state of constant panic, for fear of being expelled from our land and demolishing our homes at any moment."

Unrecognized gathering

The 600 Palestinians of “Arab al-Kaabna” live in houses and “barracks” built of bricks and tin (Zinco), and they depend in their daily lives on agriculture and sheep grazing as a source of livelihood for their children, but after the establishment of settlements in the vicinity of their Bedouin community, and the announcement of many From pastures as firing zones, they could no longer continue this profession at all.

The head of the Bedouin community indicates that the occupation does not recognize it, nor does it provide it with electricity networks, water and sewage services.

Al-Kaabneh says: “The paved roads leading to the Bedouin community are the same as leading to the natural reserve (Wadi Qilt), located between the cities of Jerusalem and Jericho. To (Arab al-Kaabna) and exit from it to cross over rocky hills, which are difficult to climb, especially in cases of transporting patients, women and children.

The head of the Arab al-Kaabneh group continues: “We are on the verge of winter, and the demolition of the homes that the most dangerous of this month will be will push the population to live in the open, which portends a real humanitarian catastrophe, in the truest sense of the word.”

pastoral settlement

On the other hand, the General Supervisor of the “Al-Baydar” Organization for the Defense of Bedouin Rights, Hassan Al-Malihat, explains that issuing Israeli demolition orders against the Palestinian “Arab Al-Kaabna” aims to uproot Bedouin communities from the vicinity of the holy city of Jerusalem, and replace the settlers instead of the original residents, pointing out This policy embodies the meanings of ethnic cleansing practiced by the occupation against the Palestinians.

Al-Malihat says: “The goal of the occupation by targeting Bedouin communities is to eliminate the Palestinian Bedouin existence, by forcibly displacing the population from their land, and creating a demographic reality in which settlers are superior to the Palestinians, in addition to increasing the intensity of the so-called (pastoral settlement) in the areas of Jerusalem and Tubas, The Negev, the Jordan Valley, and all the areas inhabited by Bedouin communities in the Holy City and the West Bank.

He shows that "pastoral settlement" is one of the forms of settlement practiced by the occupation for 74 years, for its use of livestock to serve the goals of expansion on Palestinian land, and to seek to prove the settlers' ownership of this land.

Al-Malihat continues: “The settlers target the wide and open lands with (pastoral settlement), to facilitate their control, without direct interference from the occupation government, so that this settlement scheme starts from the bottom, heading to the top of the pyramid.”

The residents of “Arab al-Kaabna” are facing Israeli uprooting methods as part of a plan of forced displacement from the vicinity of Jerusalem, in the interest of settlement expansion, the latest of which was the notification of 15 families to demolish their homes a week ago.

The 600 Palestinian residents of "Arab al-Kaabna" live in houses and "barracks" built of bricks and tin (zinc). They depend in their daily lives on agriculture and sheep grazing as a source of livelihood for their children.

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