UPDATE (September 14, 2010): Al-Arakib was razed again by Israeli bulldozers for the fifth time in two months.
Max Blumenthal reported on it first:
AL-ARAKIB, ISRAEL — On July 26, Israeli police demolished 45 buildings in the unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Arakib, razing the entire village to the ground to make way for a Jewish National Fund forest. The destruction was part of a larger project to force the Bedouin community of the Negev away from their ancestral lands and into seven Indian reservation-style communities the Israeli government has constructed for them. The land will then be open for Jewish settlers…
The “Summer Camp Of Destruction:” Israeli High Schoolers Assist The Razing Of A Bedouin Town, Max Blumenthal
Then it happened again one week later.
Israel Land Administration workers are razing the Bedouin village of al-Arakib near Rahat, which is not recognized by the State of Israel. The village was demolished last week and subsequently rebuilt
Al-Arakib Bedouin village razed again, Ynet News
Just moments ago, Israeli police razed al-Arakib for the third time in exactly two weeks. This time around, police forces attempted to remove any material that might be used for rebuilding purposes. They also sprayed the land with a toxic substance so as to prevent any immediate resettlement by the indigenous Bedouin families who once lived peacefully in this small town. Hundreds of armed forces guarded the heavy machinery used to continue the demolition project while Bedouin villagers looked on. Two weeks ago, homes were made into rubble. Today, rubble was made into even more rubble.
Roughly three dozen activists showed up to protest Israel’s attempt to further uproot an entire Bedouin community. In a courageous display of true journalism, Joseph Dana took the following photographs:
Does any of this constitute justice?
YouTube video of the first round of demolitions in al-Arakib, July 26: