09/14/2011, 00.00
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To expand its settlements, Israel plans to move West Bank Bedouins

Area C Bedouins will be moved to other West Bank areas in January 2012 in order to expand the Ma’aleh Adumim colony and create residential continuity with Jerusalem.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Israel’s Civil Administration plans to remove by force Bedouins who have lived permanently for decades in the West Bank’s Area C, which are under direct Israeli civil administration and military control.

According to the United Nations and the International Red Cross, the area is occupied territory, where the occupier has no right to settle its citizens.

Most of the West Bank’s 27,000 Bedouins live in Area C and would thus be affected by Israel’s plans.

The first to be relocated will be the approximately 2,400 Bedouin living in an area east of Jerusalem, which will make it easier for Israel to implement its plan to expand the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim and other settlements to create contiguity of construction for Jews up to Jerusalem.

Without consulting the Bedouins, Israeli authorities intend to carry out their plan in January 2012, the newspaper Haaretz reports.

Two weeks ago, Civil Administration officials appeared at the permanent location of the Jahalin Bedouin east of Al-Azariya. In recent days, their visits increased.

The Civil Administration and Israeli soldiers began dismantling shacks and encampments, limiting the inhabitants' access to grazing lands.

Civil Administration officials warned the Bedouins that if they did not leave of their own accord, they would be forcibly removed.
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