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Israel destroys thousands of acres of crops in Palestine

Israeli forces demolish Bedouin houses in the village of al-Arakib in the Negev desert. (File photo)

Thousands of acres of wheat and other cereal crops have been destroyed by Israeli police in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Rakhama in Negev.

According to Ali Freijat, a local resident, as many as 14 Israeli tractors escorted by in excess of 50 Israeli police vehicles destroyed the agricultural products and leveled the land early on Tuesday, Ma’an news agency reported.

"This is vandalism through which they plan to displace the Bedouins from the Negev so as to create a Jewish state free of Arabs,” Freijat added.

He further noted that the Israeli regime forces have been trying to confiscate the land for many years.

“However, my message to them is that if you turn over the land a million times, and if you demolish our homes a thousand times we will continue to live on this land and won't allow anybody to take it from us,” he added.

Reports also said on Sunday that the Israeli regime plans to carry out more demolitions in an area populated by Palestinian Bedouins near al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Tel Aviv authorities say they want to build settlements and military structures in the area.

The demolition of Bedouin homes is part of Israel’s massive land grab plan, which will forcefully displace thousands of people.

In the Negev desert, Israel has already authorized the expulsion of tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs from where they have lived for generations.

Bedouin villages in the desert frequently come under attack by Israeli forces. More than 150,000 Bedouins live in the occupied Palestinian territories, mostly in and around Negev.

Nearly half of Bedouins live in villages where Israel denies access to water and electricity.

Rights groups have repeatedly called for the Israeli regime to stop the demolition of the homes of Bedouins.


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