“Israeli soldiers reduce shelter for Bedouin families” – Middle East Monitor

A Bedouin family, which included two children, spent cold winter nights in the open air for more than a fortnight in the village of Ein Samiya, 40 kilometers (24 miles) east of Ramallah, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Talk to Anadolu AgencyMustafa Kaabneh, a sheep farmer and father of Yasmeen, 7, and de Waad, 4, said the Israeli authorities demolished his shelter and confiscated his tent and other equipment used for sheep farming.

He said he lost some $ 10,000 to the demolition and was threatened with another displacement if he rebuilt his house.

Israeli authorities aim to force Bedouin families living in Ein Samiya to leave their villages to welcome Jewish settlers. These families had already been displaced from the village of Al-Auja in the northeast of Jericho after the 1967 war.

“We all raise sheep here, but the settlers have forbidden us to reach the grasslands and the military is protecting them all the time,” Kaabneh said.

According to the Bedouins, the settlers have occupied more than 90 percent of the total grassland area and do not allow them to continue farming.

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“When my father was moved from his village, he lived here and worked in sheep farming. Our suffering resumed in 1979 when the colony of Kohav Hashahar was founded. From that time until today, we are exposed to attacks from settlers. who are protected by army soldiers, ”said the farmer.

He said Israeli soldiers arrested his cousin recently because his cattle were grazing on a mountain.

“The military forced my cousin to pay 8,000 shekels ($ 2,532) as a fine. He had to sell half of his flock of sheep to pay the fine, ”Kaabneh said.

The reduction in grazing space has forced farmers to sell part of the herd to buy fodder for the remaining sheep, while settlers are allowed to graze their sheep freely and at no cost.

Threat of displacement

When Kaabneh took his sheep away from settlement areas three months ago to allow them to graze in a safe place, army officers threatened him.

On November 23, the army demolished the tents and confiscated everything Kaabneh had in the house, letting them spend winter nights in the open.

“Relief organizations can give me new metal gear and tents. But that will not stop the Israeli threats. A few days after the demolition, the officer again threatened to demolish everything again, ”Kaabneh said.

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Bedouin communities in northeast Ramallah have been exposed to a systematic demolition process for several years. They say the Israeli authorities want to clean up the area to prepare it for more Jewish settlements.

Living without electricity and without other means, Kaabneh faces the wrath of the settlers. He has to accompany his daughter every day to go to school, which is 6 km away.

With his family still living without electricity, Kaabneh said he faces many difficulties getting his daughters to their school, which is far away, through the desolate mountains.

“Public transport never reaches our community, and it is not safe for my children to use public transport on Ayalon Street, which is a main road in the settlement. Each time, they are vulnerable to the violence of the settlers, ”he said.

No more demolitions – Caricature [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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