Israel/Palestine: 2 Dead in Naqab Demolition
By: i24news
18 January 2017

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in home demolition. Man attempts car ramming attack on police, is shot dead. Four other Palestinians wounded, including one Member of Knesset, as Israeli police conduct demolition raid in the Negev desert village of Um Al Hiran.

UMM AL-HIRAN, Naqab—Two people have died and several people injured, including Arab-Israeli MK Ayman Odeh, early Wednesday as violent clashes erupted in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran during police evacuations.

The Supreme Court approved in May 2015 the removal of 750-1,000 Bedouin residents with the Abu al-Qian tribe from the village of Umm al-Hiran to enable the construction of a Jewish town. Police overnight began evacuating the village.

Clashes broke out early Wednesday, as the evacuations were underway, with one man ramming a car into police. The driver of the car was shot dead.

Police issued a statement saying that as the units arrived in the area a vehicle driven by a terrorist from the Islamic movement intended to strike a number officers and carry out an attack. The officers responded and the terrorist was neutralized.

The statement said that the attacker belongs to the Islamic movement in the south, and that police were investigating if the terrorist was influenced by the Islamic State.

The identity of the driver was not released although police said that they worked in the education field.

Mk Ayman Odeh, chair of the Joint Arab List, was injured after being hit in the head by a rubber bullet during the clashes. He was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

A spokesperson at Soroka told i24NEWS that in addition to MK Odeh, they were treating a second person in moderate condition.

[…] the villagers of Umm al-Hiran say they were expelled from their land in 1948, when the State of Israel was established, and while they have been allowed to live there, Israel never recognized the village or approved a zoning plan for it.

In 2009, Israel approved plans for a Jewish village on the site, which means the Bedouins will be forced to relocate. The state has said that in theory, the Bedouin villagers could live in the new town to be built, so the demolitions do not qualify as discrimination. Some families have also been offered plots of land in the town Hura.

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Photo: Police vehicle at Umm al-Hiran during demolition raid. Source: HLRN.

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