Demonstration Opposite the Bulldozers at Umm al-Hiran

This Sunday, August 23, bulldozers began to prepare the land next to the Bedouin Arab village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev. The State of Israel plans to destroy this village in order to build on its rubble a Jewish community be named Hiran. This week’s work began the first stage of preparations to ready the the area for the new Jewish community. Initially temporary homes for the Jewish residents of Hiran will be built, to be replaced at some future stage by permanent housing .


The Recognition Forum of the Negev has written: “Rushing ahead with the temporary homes before coming up with a solution acceptable to the residents of Umm al-Hiran is a recipe for constant conflict and tension between the two communities. Favoring the new Jewish community the Arab village which has existed for years is an explicit manifestation of discrimination tainted with racism.”

In light of the facts which are rapidly being implemented on the ground, on Thursday, August 27, the residents of Umm al-Hiran and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages will be organizing a demonstration starting from 11:00 am. The demonstrators will march from the village to the area where the bulldozers are currently working.Transportation being organized from the Arlozoroff Bus Station in Tel-Aviv and from the parking lot of the Liberty Bell Garden in Jerusalem will set out at 9:00 am. To register for transport from Tel-Aviv, contact 052-6035685; from Jerusalem 050-5607034.