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H.E.  LEILANI FARHA , 

UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination

 

Your Excellency

 

Re: Israeli bulldozers raze Araqib village for 97th time (http://english.palinfo.com/site/pages/details.aspx?itemid=78077)

 

You are well aware of the desperate situation of the repeated  Israeli military demolitions of  the Bedouin  village of  Araqib on Bedouin ancestral lands as documented in your report on your country visit in 2012 to Palestine/Israel,

 

37. The Special Rapporteur visited the unrecognized village of Al-Arakib and met with local residents who had received eviction orders and already had their homes and public buildings demolished on various occasions in previous years. The village leader presented evidence of the longstanding presence of his community in the area, including copies of documentation on land ownership dating from the Ottoman period. However, despite legal action taken by various civil society actors, demolitions are reportedly continuing.

 

 as well as

 

97. It is estimated that, since 1948, nearly 1,100 Jewish urban and rural communities have been built between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, over 400 Arab villages have reportedly been destroyed and Arabs have been forbidden to build in new localities. The only exception has been the often forced urbanization of Bedouins in the Negev and Galilee.72

98. Thus, the recent plans for relocating Bedouins in the Negev—inside Israel—as well as decades of promotion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, are the new expressions of dispossession of traditional inhabitants and control of the territory.73

 

Since 2012, the state of Israel has ignored your recommendation to - “(vi) Recognize the specific rights of the Bedouin community as indigenous peoples as per the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and revise all relevant policies and laws on this basis, ensuring respect for their land ownership and their cultural traditions.”

I therefore urge you to recommend to the UN Security Council that it  expels the state of Israel under Article 6 of the UN Charter:

“A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”

 

 

Sincerely

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