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Palestinian Bedouin Community Battles Eviction

Palestine’s ancient Bedouin community has been threatened with eviction by Israel, which plans to use their land to expand settlement operations, reports Jihan Abdalla.
A young Bedouin girl is seen near the West Bank city of Jericho August 18, 2008. Threats of evacuation, house demolition, drought, travel restriction, and harassment are just some of the growing hardships the Bedouin community is facing daily, both in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. This is all happening in the midst of a painful social transition between traditional and modern values. In Israel and the West Bank, Bedouins are native to the Negev and Judean Deserts which spans across Israel

WADI ABU HINDI, West Bank — To get to the Palestinian Bedouin village of Wadi Abu Hindi, you would have to drive 4 km through an unnamed dirt road, past a large landfill leachate pool and under a narrow bridge.

Living in makeshift tents and raising livestock, Jahalin Bedouins have inhabited the barren hills lining both sides of the road from Jerusalem down to the Dead Sea for decades. But their ancient lifestyle is slowly dying, as Israel increasingly tries to evict them from the land.

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