Villagers of Al Araqeeb, an unrecognized Bedouin village from Israel’s Negev desert, claim that the mosques that stood by their village cemetery were razed to the ground by the government in 2010. Though government representatives deny that Al Araqeeb ever was an official village, residents refuse to move and now gather under the largest surviving tree for Friday prayers. So far, residents have lost most court cases and have counted over 100 demolitions. They fear that bulldozers might appear at anytime over the arid terrain to demolish the remaining smattering of tarp houses, but fear isn’t enough to keep them from praying on the land they claim as theirs.
Produced by Christina Thornell and Tola Brennan as part of The Holy Land at an Impasse in the piece Bedouins Demand a Halt to Ongoing Village Demolitions.