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Israel issues eviction orders to 600 Palestinian Bedouins in Jerusalem area
By: Sergio Yahni
Alternative Information Center
28 February 2011

Hathem Abdel Qader, responsible for Jerusalem in the Fatah movement, warned yesterday of an Israeli plan to deport some 600 Palestinian Bedouin residents of the Wadi Abu Hindi area, located between the settlements of Maale Adumim and Keder, south-east of Jerusalem.

Abdel Qader noted that the Israeli military issued evacuation orders to tens of Bedouin families in Wadi Abu Hindi. According to the orders, the families must leave the area by the end of March.

According to Yacoub Odeh, from the Land Research Centre, this is not the first time that this community receives evacuation orders.

Alqader contends that these orders supplement the eviction orders issued against the Palestinian Bedouin families who reside near the settlements of Adam and Maale Michmash. Odeh adds that at this moment there are eviction orders against some 1,000 Palestinian Bedouins in the area.

Abdel Qader assumes that Israels goal is to expand the settlements of Maale Adumim and Maale Michmash.

Attorney Shlomo Leker intends to submit a petition to the Israeli High Court to prevent eviction of these families.

The Bedouin Palestinian families in the Wadi Abu Hindi area are part of the wider Jahalin tribe, numbering some 2700 people living in 31 areas of the desert. The origin of the Jahalin tribe in the area of Tel Arad in the Naqab (Negev) desert, but Israel deported them in the early 1950s, so they moved to the Jerusalem area.

In the 1990s some 1,000 members of the Jahalin tribe were deported to the area of Jerusalems municipal garbage dump, in order to expand the settlement of Maale Adumim.

Translated by the Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Demolition of Jahalin homes near Anata (photo courtesy of the Land Research Centre)
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