URGENT! We need your immediate help to prevent the eviction of this man, members of his family and other residents of Umm Al-Hiran. Please follow the clear steps below as outlined by Haqal, one of our partners working on the ground in Israel and the Occupied Palestine Territory.
 
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- One hundred year old Israeli Bedouin citizen Musa Hussein Abu Al Qian, to be evicted on Sunday. Image: Haqel-Jews and Arabs in Defence of Human Rights  

URGENT! We need your immediate help to prevent the eviction of this man, members of his family and other residents of Umm Al-Hiran. Please follow the clear steps below as outlined by Haqal, one of our partners working on the ground in Israel and the Occupied Palestine Territory.


We have been informed by Haqal - Jews and Arabs for Defense of Human Rights, founded by Rabbi Arik Ascherman, that on Sunday, 15th January, another 30 residents of the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran will be forced from their homes. Israel's aim is to remove these people in order for the Jewish town of Hiran to be established. 
 
In a report issued by Haqal representative Rabbi Arik Ascherman on the 2nd January 2017, he wrote: 
  • Recently intensive efforts to evict families and demolish homes have begun.  In December, one family of about 30 souls was strong armed into “agreeing” to move and committing to demolishing  their own homes..  Among other things, they knew that if the State demolishes, they would be billed for the demolitions.  After all the talk that Umm Al Hiran residents would be compensated, they were given less than NIS 2,000, and live in a shanty.
  • Representatives of the Bedouin Directorate come almost every day to pressure the families to “voluntarily agree” to move to Hura.
  • The heart of the matter at this point is that the State is demanding that they immediately leave, saying that only afterwards will they enter into a serious discussion about possible solutions.  The residents know that they have no leverage once they leave, and chances are the State won’t think about them or speak with them, once they have moved. They demand an ironclad solution before they move.  This was why discussions broke down in December.

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:

http://www.dukium.org/wp-conte…/uploads/2016/…/pp_au_heb.pdf

https://haqel.org.il/umm-al-hiran-report/ 

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
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