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Mon 22 May 2023 8:40 pm - Jerusalem Time

37 Bedouin families decided to leave the "Ein Samia" community due to settler harassment

Today, Monday, 37 Bedouin families decided to leave the Bedouin community of Ain Samiya, east of Ramallah, after days of continuous attacks by settlers against them, amid warnings that this would be a precursor to the forced displacement of the Bedouin communities.


The general supervisor of the "Al-Baydar Organization for the Defense of Bedouin Rights," lawyer Hassan Malihat, told Al-Quds.com: "The thirty-seven families decided to leave the (Ain Samia) community, after about 5 continuous days of settler attacks against them," noting that 10 Families had to leave the community completely about a month and a half ago.


Malihat confirmed that all the dwellings in the "Ain Samia" community are threatened with demolition. After receiving previous notifications, the latest of which was the assembly school built from "caravans" and funded by the European Union, indicating that the residents of the "Ain Samia" community are exposed to a new production of the Palestinian Nakba 75 years ago.


The number of the Bedouin community of "Ain Samia" is about 300, comprising more than 50 Bedouin families. They have been living in the community since the sixties of the last century, and their origins go back to the Negev region, where they were displaced from their lands in the Nakba of Palestine in 1948.


On the other hand, Lawyer Malihat called for everyone to pay attention to the issue of Bedouin communities and support them as a governmental, national, humanitarian and moral responsibility, in light of the systematic attack by the occupation forces and settlers, as they are subjected to a clear policy of ethnic cleansing.


Malihat warned that the displacement of the residents of the "Ain Samiya" community would be the beginning of the displacement of other Bedouin communities in the Bedouin communities scattered in the West Bank, where the continuous attacks by the "Tilal Boys" and the "Amana" terrorist settlement movement, which means that this would be a prelude to a new catastrophe for the Bedouin communities. It spreads from Tubas in the northeastern West Bank to Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron.


Malihat stressed that the presence of Bedouin communities protects lands classified as "C" from the danger of settlement, and impedes all settlement projects and plans there.


According to the "Al-Baydar" Organization for the Defense of Bedouin Rights, the Bedouin communities scattered in the West Bank have been subjected, since the beginning of this year until now, to hundreds of attacks by the Israeli occupation forces and settlers, including the demolition of dozens of homes and facilities.

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37 Bedouin families decided to leave the "Ein Samia" community due to settler harassment