Israel to begin demolishing Bedouin Arab village

JERUSALEM (AP) " An Israeli government body says Israel is to carry out the first step in the planned demolition of a sprawling Bedouin Arab village in the southern desert.

The Israel Lands Administration says that initially, about 30 Bedouin residents will be displaced on Tuesday.

The case involves a long-running dispute between Israel and the formerly nomadic Bedouin of the Umm Al-Hiran village. Israel moved part of a Bedouin clan to the state-owned land 60 years ago, but now wishes to relocate resident to a government-designated Bedouin township.

An adjacent part of the village that's slated for future demolition is zoned for a new development catering to religious Jewish families with ties to the West Bank settlement movement.

The Arab advocacy group Adalah petitioned an Israeli court Monday to delay the demolition.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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