One hundred year old Israeli Bedouin citizen Musa Hussein Abu Al Qian was present in 1956 when Israeli minorities officer Haim Tzuri showed the Abu Al Qian tribe the lands Israel was promising them in return for the lands they had been evicted from. Here, they could rebuild their lives. When we were young we were taught that promises must be kept.
ON JANUARY 15TH, ORDERS GO INTO EFFECT EVICTING MUSA AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS FROM THEIR HOMES SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY AREN'T JEWISH.
PLEASE EMAIL OR FAX MUSA'S PICTURE TO YOUR NEAREST ISRAELI EMBASSY OR CONSULATE IN ORDER TO PREVENT THIS INJUSTICE. ISRAELIS CAN CALL/WRITE/EMAIL THE NEGEV BEDOUIN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
Since August 2015, JNF bulldozers have been working to create Jewish "Hiran" on the rubble of Bedouin Umm Al Hiran. Umm Al Hiran residents are willing to live in a mixed community with Jewish neighbors, an adjacent community, or anything other than being forced to move into the nearby Bedouin township of Hura, and give up their way of life. In Hura, the very pro government municipality says that they have no room because they have a waiting list of 2,000 for the 140 available plots. They have gone to court to stop the allocation of plots to others. Advanced negotiations on a mutually agreed upon new location broke down when Israel insisted that the Bedouin move to Hura now, with no agreement, and then they would continue the discussions. Umm Al Hiran residents fear that if they agree, the government will never speak to them again. Israel's High Court ruled that justice is with the Abu Al Qian tribe, but they appealed to the Court "too late."
Now, Israel is speaking to its Bedouin citizens with eviction/demolition orders, fines and threats that they will be billed for the demolition of their own homes. Seventy-four year old Ahmed Abu Al Qian and thirty family members were already pressured to "agree" to move, and are living in tin shacks in Hura. Musa and thirty additional family members are next in line. After that, 98 year old Amna....
For Additional Background Information:
Hebrew analysis by two of Israel's top legal experts, Professors Mordechai Kremnitzer and Hanoch Dagan: https://www.idi.org.il/articles/3406
I ask everyone to print Musa Abu Al Qian's photo and fax it to the Israeli Embassy or Consulate in your country with a hand-written message urging the Government of Israel to freeze eviction/demolition orders and resume negotiations. If you can't fax, use this site to email. In Israel, please send to the Negev Bedouin Development Authority. We are taught, "When nobody is acting with human decency, you must be that person." (Pirkei Avot). We can and must stop this injustice.
— Rabbi Arik Ascherman, co-founder of Haqel: Jews and Arabs for Human Rights