Village demolition based on Israel's 'racist' plan
Date Written: 23/08/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21661
In the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, residents say the closing of an investigation into the killing of Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan is evidence of a wider strategy to drive residents out of the rural community.
Israeli forces fatally shot Yacoub, a 50-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel, in January during a pre-dawn raid to bulldoze his home. The demolition was part of the state's plan to raze Umm al-Hiran, transfer its residents elsewhere and build in its place a new town, which Palestinians believe is being designed exclusively for Israeli Jews.
Last week, Israeli media reported that police had ended their investigation into Yacoub's case without laying charges. Israeli police have not made a formal announcement and did not respond to Al Jazeera's request for comment on the matter.
The news has incensed local residents, who cite a broader pattern of police impunity for the killings of Palestinians - but they remain resolute in their opposition to the state's plans for Umm al-Hiran.