Israel Land Authority issues eviction notices in Negev village

12:00 May 7 2014 Wadi al-Niam

BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Representatives of the Israeli Land Authority on Wednesday issued eviction notices for buildings in the Negev village of Wadi al-Niam, locals and an official said.

Locals told Ma'an that eviction notices were posted on a mosque, a house, and a store in the village.

Residents were given 80 days to either evacuate the buildings or file an appeal.

Labbad Abu Affash, head of the Wadi al-Niam council, told Ma'an that the move was "very dangerous."

"Israeli has declared war against us from all directions," Abu Affash said.

"Where do they plan to evacuate us? To the moon?"

A longstanding plan to displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin citizens of Israel was scrapped in December, but locals say Israel has continued to implement it on the ground with ongoing demolitions and land confiscations.

There are about 260,000 Bedouin in Israel, mostly living in and around the Negev in the arid south. More than half live in unrecognized villages without utilities and many also live in extreme poverty.
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