The Communist Party of Israel and the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality have issued a statement condemning the attack by Israel police forces on Umm Al-Hiran, a village in the Negev in southern Israel. In the attack on people belonging to Nomad tribes and the attempt to cover up the incident by Israel government indicates its
official policy of racial segregation.
When homes were being demolished at the Bedouin village in the Negev, a car, driven by a local schoolteacher Yaqoub Mousa Abu Al-Qia’an, slammed into the police line, killing one officer and wounding another that disrupted the demolishing. Forensic Architecture investigation shows that Abu al-Qi’an was shot before driving over the policemen, and that after the incident the police shot to kill him when already incapacitated. Police opened fire and killed Abu Al-Qia’an as the protest around them devolved into a violent riot. A massive police force of about 100 officers attacked the residents.
Shortly before dawn January 18, a large police force raided the village in order to prepare for the demolition of several houses. This demolition was part of a plan to remove the entire village in order to clear the area for the building a new settlement for Jews only.
The statement from Communist Party of Israel and the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality:
‘The aggressiveness of the Police Forces, on early morning Wednesday, is evidence to the crime which caused the murder of Yacoub Abu ElQiaan, Umm Al-Hiran resident, as well as tens of injuries including member of Knesset Ayman Odeh who was scratched in the head by a ‘sponge bullet’. CPI and Haddash called upon their cadres to launch a series of combative activities protesting this ongoing crime while coordinating with all patriotic political and popular movements to widen the struggle.
CPI and Haddash states that ‘A clear and fierce message must be sent to Netanyahu and his ruling gang that these plans will not pass – they will fail to isolate the Palestinian citizens of Israel in this new International environment as Trump enters the White House promising Israel and the Occupation Industry more support and funding. We knew for years how to stand strong against all policies aiming to wipe our existence and have won the battle of resistance and perseverance, and will not allow any backlash in this sense.
The Negev/Naqab has been targeted for years, and it is obvious that under this Government the uprooting of the unrecognized villages and the house demolitions of ‘unsettled buildings’ (as the State calls it) will become more brutal and vicious – and today Umm Al-Hiran is undergoing a second Nakba after its displacement in 1956 to its current location. What stands as evidence to the ongoing discrimination against Palestinian citizens is that the aim of demolishing Umm Al-Hiran is to build a new Jewish town called “Hiran” on its ruins.
CPI and Haddash assures that this crime that is responsible for the dangerous brutal bloodshed reflecting the true face of this government. We call upon the democratic forces of the Israeli public to realize the fact that this government’s racism will not stop at the Palestinian Arab’s doorstep but will later threaten anyone who will not agree with this Government’s aggressive policies.
The CPI and Haddash calls the International Community to continue the efforts to end the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian Lands and for the establishment of the Palestinian Independent State with East Jerusalem as its capital – but in the same context to acknowledge the attack on the Palestinian citizens of Israel and to assist uncovering the Israeli government’s racism crimes against its own citizens by initiation Fact Inquiry Missions to Umm Al-Hiran, Qalansawa and all villages facing demolition orders.
In Israel there are 800,000 ‘unauthorized’ building, 50,000 of them are Arabs houses that the State refuses to find a compromising solution in order to stop the threat of demolitions.
There are 38 unrecognized villages in the Negev (Al-Naqab in Arabic), with no water, electricity, schools or even proper roads leading to the villages. ‘Al Araqeeb’, one of the 38 villages have been demolished 108 times.
8 houses were demolished in Umm Al-Hiran on Wednesday, January 18th 2017. The Israeli government wants to demolish Umm Al-Hiran (1,200 Arab residents) in order to build a Jewish town with no Arabs, and move the people of Umm Al-Hiran to the Arab town of ‘Hoora’.
A week before the crime in Umm Al-Hiran, the State demolished 11 houses of Arab Palestinian citizens in ‘Qalansawa’, a town in the Centre, on Tuesday January 10th 2017. Houses owners were served demolition notifications less than 48 hrs earlier.
Photograph shows Israeli policemen stand guard as bulldozers demolish homes in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev desert, on January 18, 2017. (AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana)