Photo Essay: Ten Months of Demolitions In Al Araqib

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The village of Al Araqib was entirely demolished for the first time on July 27th, 2010. Early that morning, an estimated 1,500 Israeli police, supported by helicopters and bulldozers, surrounded the village. Within three hours, the Israeli Land Authority (ILA) razed the entire village to the ground, leaving 300 people including women and children without shelter or water in the peak of summer in the desert. In total, 46 structures (including 30 homes) were completely destroyed along with sheep pens, chicken coups, orchards and olive groves—the source of the villagers’ livelihood. More than 1,000 trees were uprooted and discarded. Residents were given no time to recover their belongings from their homes and assets such as generators, cars and tractors were seized. The village has been repeatedly destroyed to make way for a project sponsored by the Jewish National Fund.

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