This is what ethnic cleansing looks like in 2010.
These peaceful people have been living in the Negev Desert since the Ottoman Empire.
Israel destroys a whole Negev Village — 200 Children left Homeless.
The villagers, mostly children and old people, were left stunned near the destroyed village, shelterless and waterless under the blazing sun.
The destruction of the village was carried out despite dispute over ownership of the land still pending in the courts.
Residents of al-Arakib are neither squatters nor invaders: their village has existed many years before the creation of Israel in 1948.
Villagers said they’ve lived in the region for years back to the Ottoman days before Israel was founded,
and have original deeds to the land.
“The state of Israel is treating us like cockroaches,” said Sulaiman Abu Mdian, 29, a father of four who works as a chicken farmer.
“More than 1,500 police arrived at the village at around sunrise — they came in dozens of vehicles and began destroying the structures there,” said Chaya Noach, head of Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, a group which fights to protect the rights of the 160,000 Bedouin living in the Negev.
“It’s like they want to erase the Bedouin from the landscape,” she said.
“Usually they destroy seven or 10 houses at once, but this time they bulldozed the roads and anything that would indicate people had lived here,” said Waqili.
The operation set “a dangerous precedent,” he warned, saying it posed a threat to the 45 unrecognised villages in the Negev that are home to some 100,000 Arabs.
Bedouins are predominantly desert-dwelling Arabs who have been living in the Negev desert for hundreds of years.
Many live in extreme poverty.
The Bedouin say they have lived in the area since before the foundation of the state of Israel.
“Today we shall evacuate them and should they return we’ll do it again,” he said.
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