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Ahlam Shibli — Unrecognised

'Arab al-N'aim

Ahlam Shibli, 2000



A crooked sandy road comes away from a main modern road that continues to the Jewish settlement. The road leads to 'Arab al-N'aim, a Palestinian Bedouin village whose 900 inhabitants live in the 21st century in their own security.

These people who live in the village are not recognised by the state of Israel and are refused in the rights to live in the place they were born in. The States' positions was to move them to Sakhnin without other alternatives. The understanding and reasoning was that the area had other future planning for the neighboring Eshhar that was established 15 years ago; and/or being a partition zone toward Karmiel with plans of expansion to the south; and/or the need to border the Arab population.

The men of 'Arab al-N'aim work mainly in agriculture, breeding of animals an working as builders and gardeners. Most of the children study in Sakhnin and walk morning and noon, winter and summer almost 2 kilometers from the village to the station where they wait to be picked up only after the supreme court intervened their behalf. Thirty children below the mandatory age of education go to the kindergarten that was established by local association.

The water line, a hose / pipe of 2", has water at one point only in the village and its limits in 10 m3 per day. It was stretched with the intervention of the high court in Hag, the council for human rights in the UN and other public pressures.

From the end of the 190's, the village of 'Arab al-N'aim sat on the Abu Krad hill in the Galilee. In 1957, teams from Israel Land's Administration came to map and record the lands in the area, they wrote down only part of the agricultural lands as village lands and left out the houses from the written area.

In the winter of 1964, the period of military governing, fire line 9, the fate of the villagers was opposites: to become refugees on their own land. Police and army forces gathered on the hill across, the police and army came to the village, called out the names of the people and put all of them under a far away tree up the hill. Suddenly, there were explosions children hid under their mother's dresses and when they came out, they saw the villagers running, screaming and crying between the ruins of their homes. Wells and water holes for the winters were also bombed and all the men in the village were arrested for two days, they paid fines and signed a commitment not to build new houses.



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