From the report of the recent demolition of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib in the Negev which appeared on the website of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, "according to Dr. Yeela Ranaan of the Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, destruction of the villages in al-Araqib has been occurring since the 1950s. She notes that the Jewish National Fund plans to plant a forest on the village lands, and that the current actions are part of a larger government policy to displace the indigenous Bedouin from the land." I find this especially disturbing as an Australian Jew, because the local branch of the JNF here is currently appealing to Australian Jews to donate funds for planting forests in the Negev. Are Australian Jew who donate to the JNF contributing to the demolition of Bedouin villages?
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from the article: Displacing the Bedouin