Saturday, July 31, 2010

Israel shows its ugly side [again]: Ethnic cleansing

There can be no other word for it. Ethnic cleansing. That's what The Guardian has called it too.

Jared Malsin reports:

"Israel sent more than 1,000 riot police to guard bulldozers razing an entire Bedouin village in the Negev desert on Tuesday.

Some 300 people are now homeless following the destruction of the village of Al-Arakib, which has existed since before Israel was founded in 1948.

The UK’s Guardian newspaper has now released a harrowing video of the demolition. The tape shows Israeli police in riot gear scuffling with unarmed villagers while government bulldozers move in to knock down their houses and agricultural buildings."

"The Bedouin of the Negev (Naqab in Arabic) are full Israeli citizens, but some 76,000 of them live in “unrecognized villages” that receive virtually no government services including water, electricity, and sanitation."

The YouTube video clip can be viewed here.

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