Umm al-Ḥīrān, January 2017

For the post in Hebrew click here.

Update: The body of Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an was released from the pathological institute of Abu-Kabir, and the funeral took place today at 12:30 without the restrictions that the police asked the court to enforce. May he rest in peace.

Today (21-Jan-2017) in Today (21-Jan-2017) in Umm al-Ḥīrān, during a solidarity visit, Raed Abu al-Qi’an asked us to spread the news about what happened in the village since Wednesday in the early morning. I hereby quote him. He spoke in Hebrew, and I translated to English so that our friends abroad may understand and further raise support for the Palestinian Bedouin struggle.

[I sat a little far from Raed Abu al-Qi’an, and missed a word here and there, which will be marked with three dots. The speech was not read, so I edited a little to make it more readable.]

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Your killed person and our martyr, Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an, are both victims of the trade in votes … of whoever is looking to buy votes with our blood. We will not be silent, and we will not allow them to do this, we will continue until the truth will prevail. We demonstrated that the Naqab Bedouin community and the Jewish community have the huge potential of living together, and the residents of the unrecognized Bedouin villages also have a huge potential for economic prosperity, partnership and coexistence. If the desert is to become blooming, it is only through partnership, not one group at the expense of another. Ḥīrān [the planned Jewish settlement] will not be built on the ruins of Umm al-Ḥīrān [the current Bedouin village], but they will be built together.

We send our condolences to the family of police officer Erez Levi. With deep sorrow, we condole them, and together with you, our ambassadors, we call upon them to initiate an enquiry, as we initiated an inquiry to investigate the police officer's circumstances of death. The police officer was not ran over by the car. The other police officer who was hit by the car is in the hospital with fractions in his legs. The first police officer was killed by gun fire. Soon, during the tour, I will show you where each thing happened.

We speak of a person well known in the south and north. Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an was a teacher and a vice principle and an educator and an example to everyone. As a friend, a hugging father, with warmth and potential, trustworthy. It was obvious when the schools' principles were fighting over him, and we insisted he will teach at the school where our kids learned. Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an was completing his PhD., his son, sitting here with us is an engineer, his other son is learning engineering in an academic college, another son will finish medical school at the end of the year and only arrived here yesterday, and the brothers – one is a superintendent in the ministry of education and one is a school principle, and among his cousins and uncles are lawyers, engineers and teachers. His daughter is also attending a teachers' college.

"Have you killed and also taken possession?" (1-Kings 21:19) This is the impression we get after 62 years.

Yaqub was with us, we left the mosque and we knew they were going to enter the village [to demolish the houses], and he said: I have valuable things (in the house), and my car, I will take them out of the house and follow you, and you' will bring the car to the spot where the activists parked their cars, so that the cars will not be confiscated. This is simply what he was going to do and what he did. He put things in his car and started leaving his house, and then came the first shooting towards him. Live ammunition, friends, 36 minutes of live shooting in the village. This was not a house demolition or uprooting or evacuation, it was a conquest war, a real war. That is what the population has to endure.

They talk of a country that is aspiring to be democratic, developed, modernized, technological, of progress and change – this only apply to you Jews, but not to us? We don't deserve that? You have eight options of living styles to choose from, and we only have one, dictated and forced on us by someone living in Savyon [a rich Jewish residence] or Tel-Aviv or Herzeliya or Jerusalem with air condition. She doesn't know what king of life we live here. She plans for us … This is unacceptable.

I want to tell you that the forces entering the village, the first force entered by foot. It was both military and police, and all the special units like SWAT and Yoav [a unit that was established under the Praver plan to specifically act against the Bedouins], all the units. The first force entered by foot, the second force entered on horses and the third force on all-terrain vehicle [ATV's / quads]. They entered from all the entrances to the village, and from the back side of the village where the infrastructure for the Jewish settlement of Hiran is being built. The reason [for the death of the police officer] was the clashing among them: The force that entered from here and the force that entered from there started shooting at each other. We are sure with 100% certainty, not 99.9% but 100%, that the police officer was killed from their shooting mistakes. … and I've seen it on Hebrew media, not Arabic media.

… You killed him [=Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an] and left him in the car without treatment, and we called for medical care, and you prevented the medical team from reaching him.

In 45 minutes minister Ardan decided. He investigated where the guy came from and which organisations he belongs to, so I tell you, minister Ardan, if Yaqub was from ISIS, then everyone sitting here in the tent is ISIS, Jews and Arabs. Everyone sitting here in the tent is ISIS – Jews and Arabs. Because none of us lived up to the example of Yaqub. None of us lead the [right] life as Yaqub lead: with great modesty, kindness, and culture. [He was] educated and intelligent to very high standards. That was the second crime. [falsely labeling Yaqub a terrorist. the first crime is killing him]

The third crime goes on: We are all evacuated, then they force us in the fenced compound of the mosque and no-one is allowed to get out, whoever gets out gets shot – for real! … They tore down the houses, here and also there, and snipers, all forces, and none of us could move. A car that would move one meter gets shot. Here by the mosque, the horrible crime continues, all the houses are being demolished. Eight houses and seven sheep sheds and warehouses.

The crime continues, Yaqub is still fallen, his legs in the car and his head on the ground … six hours until …

I saw in the media the results of the preliminary investigation of the pathological hospital, Abu-Kabir, saying he could have been saved within 30 minutes. The first bullet he got hit him in the knee, and his foot was caught on the car peddle, and the car kept on speeding on its own. We saw that in the police video recording, that they released. [The editors of the video] are silencing the sound in the first part of the video, and allow it in the second part, so that we don't find out [hear] the bullets being shot. But the conclusions from the video where confirmed by a private investigator, and you saw there was shooting even when the guy was only moving slowly in his car.

They demolished the houses, and all they demolished, and remained in the village … until this time we did not get his [Yaqub's] body. We want to give him an honorable funeral, which is required by our religion and tradition, and they prevent us from doing that. [The police allows to] hold the funeral only at night and with up to 40 people, from his close family only, and they allow for only one hour for the funeral and burial, and insist that we travel through the terrain and not in the main road.

There are residents here that know the Naqab/Negev. Yaqub did no harm to anyone. Our religion sees Yaqub as a shahid [=martyr] for he was not guilty of any crime or sin. He will get his last respects in a funeral.

The police never investigated him, there was never any complaint against him, not even a traffic ticket. This is the kind of person he was.

We call upon you now, to join with us, for the sake of the family, and demand these things: 1 – An apology from the prime minister, Benjamin Nethanyahu, and let him lead the funeral himself, or resign. 2 – That minister Ardan resigns immediately. He is not fit to be a minister in the state of Israel … as long as he spreads defamation against Arabs. He collects votes at our expense, and if you are silent about it you are giving him legitimacy … 3 – The chief of police should resign too, in fact he should leave the country. Shame, shame shame! … His statements, within minutes… another crime that he did was to bury the police officer right after he was evicted. Ya zalameh, dahilak [=Man, seriously] how did you already dissected him and made a dissection report? Where? Are you operating in remote control? The body is [driven] in a police car to the north, to the center, and you check it on remote control? … shame on you, you are a disgrace to the state of Israel, a disgrace to an enlightened public, shame on you. We also demand the resignation of Yair Maayan, who sits in the chair of CEO of the Authority [for resettling Bedouins]. He caused this damage. Personally. He caused this state-wide disaster, and no-one else.

I deeply thank you. We are not satisfied with only expressions of solidarity and empathy, in the tent, the mourning shack. What I ask of you is to take to the front row on the media, to your friends, neighbors, mother, father, uncle, ant, son and daughter – everyone. Sound our voice out there and get our message out.

—-

This concludes the speech of Raed Abu al-Qi’an. From other residents of the village we learned that at least one structure was demolished without a warrant, that the police hides cars that are required to examine what happened and that a little girl going into one of the houses to take out her mother's jewelery before the house is demolished was shot in her leg with a sponge or rubber-covered bullet and suffered injury and the jewelery was taken away by police.

All this sadly coincided with the annual commemoration of Sami al-Jaar, a resident of Rahat, that was killed two years ago by a police officer with absolutely no justification, and the shooting officer is still employed in the police, carrying a weapon.n, during a solidarity visit, Raed Abu al-Qi’an asked us to spread the news about what happened in the village since Wednesday in the early morning. I hereby quote him. He spoke in Hebrew, and I translated to English so that our friends abroad may understand and further raise support for the Palestinian Bedouin struggle.

[I sat a little far from Raed Abu al-Qi’an, and missed a word here and there, which will be marked with three dots. The speech was not read, so I edited a little to make it more readable.]

—-

Your killed person and our martyr, Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an, are both victims of the trade in votes … of whoever is looking to buy votes with our blood. We will not be silent, and we will not allow them to do this, we will continue until the truth will prevail. We demonstrated that the Naqab Bedouin community and the Jewish community have the huge potential of living together, and the residents of the unrecognized Bedouin villages also have a huge potential for economic prosperity, partnership and coexistence. If the desert is to become blooming, it is only through partnership, not one group at the expense of another. Ḥīrān [the planned Jewish settlement] will not be built on the ruins of Umm al-Ḥīrān [the current Bedouin village], but they will be built together.

We send our condolences to the family of police officer Erez Levi. With deep sorrow, we condole them, and together with you, our ambassadors, we call upon them to initiate an enquiry, as we initiated an inquiry to investigate the police officer's circumstances of death. The police officer was not ran over by the car. The other police officer who was hit by the car is in the hospital with fractions in his legs. The first police officer was killed by gun fire. Soon, during the tour, I will show you where each thing happened.

We speak of a person well known in the south and north. Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an was a teacher and a vice principle and an educator and an example to everyone. As a friend, a hugging father, with warmth and potential, trustworthy. It was obvious when the schools' principles were fighting over him, and we insisted he will teach at the school where our kids learned. Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an was completing his PhD., his son, sitting here with us is an engineer, his other son is learning engineering in an academic college, another son will finish medical school at the end of the year and only arrived here yesterday, and the brothers – one is a superintendent in the ministry of education and one is a school principle, and among his cousins and uncles are lawyers, engineers and teachers. His daughter is also attending a teachers' college.

"Have you killed and also taken possession?" (1-Kings 21:19) This is the impression we get after 62 years.

Yaqub was with us, we left the mosque and we knew they were going to enter the village [to demolish the houses], and he said: I have valuable things (in the house), and my car, I will take them out of the house and follow you, and you' will bring the car to the spot where the activists parked their cars, so that the cars will not be confiscated. This is simply what he was going to do and what he did. He put things in his car and started leaving his house, and then came the first shooting towards him. Live ammunition, friends, 36 minutes of live shooting in the village. This was not a house demolition or uprooting or evacuation, it was a conquest war, a real war. That is what the population has to endure.

They talk of a country that is aspiring to be democratic, developed, modernized, technological, of progress and change – this only apply to you Jews, but not to us? We don't deserve that? You have eight options of living styles to choose from, and we only have one, dictated and forced on us by someone living in Savyon [a rich Jewish residence] or Tel-Aviv or Herzeliya or Jerusalem with air condition. She doesn't know what king of life we live here. She plans for us … This is unacceptable.

I want to tell you that the forces entering the village, the first force entered by foot. It was both military and police, and all the special units like SWAT and Yoav [a unit that was established under the Praver plan to specifically act against the Bedouins], all the units. The first force entered by foot, the second force entered on horses and the third force on all-terrain vehicle [ATV's / quads]. They entered from all the entrances to the village, and from the back side of the village where the infrastructure for the Jewish settlement of Hiran is being built. The reason [for the death of the police officer] was the clashing among them: The force that entered from here and the force that entered from there started shooting at each other. We are sure with 100% certainty, not 99.9% but 100%, that the police officer was killed from their shooting mistakes. … and I've seen it on Hebrew media, not Arabic media.

… You killed him [=Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an] and left him in the car without treatment, and we called for medical care, and you prevented the medical team from reaching him.

In 45 minutes minister Ardan decided. He investigated where the guy came from and which organisations he belongs to, so I tell you, minister Ardan, if Yaqub was from ISIS, then everyone sitting here in the tent is ISIS, Jews and Arabs. Everyone sitting here in the tent is ISIS – Jews and Arabs. Because none of us lived up to the example of Yaqub. None of us lead the [right] life as Yaqub lead: with great modesty, kindness, and culture. [He was] educated and intelligent to very high standards. That was the second crime. [falsely labeling Yaqub a terrorist. the first crime is killing him]

The third crime goes on: We are all evacuated, then they force us in the fenced compound of the mosque and no-one is allowed to get out, whoever gets out gets shot – for real! … They tore down the houses, here and also there, and snipers, all forces, and none of us could move. A car that would move one meter gets shot. Here by the mosque, the horrible crime continues, all the houses are being demolished. Eight houses and seven sheep sheds and warehouses.

The crime continues, Yaqub is still fallen, his legs in the car and his head on the ground … six hours until …

I saw in the media the results of the preliminary investigation of the pathological hospital, Abu-Kabir, saying he could have been saved within 30 minutes. The first bullet he got hit him in the knee, and his foot was caught on the car peddle, and the car kept on speeding on its own. We saw that in the police video recording, that they released. [The editors of the video] are silencing the sound in the first part of the video, and allow it in the second part, so that we don't find out [hear] the bullets being shot. But the conclusions from the video where confirmed by a private investigator, and you saw there was shooting even when the guy was only moving slowly in his car.

They demolished the houses, and all they demolished, and remained in the village … until this time we did not get his [Yaqub's] body. We want to give him an honorable funeral, which is required by our religion and tradition, and they prevent us from doing that. [The police allows to] hold the funeral only at night and with up to 40 people, from his close family only, and they allow for only one hour for the funeral and burial, and insist that we travel through the terrain and not in the main road.

There are residents here that know the Naqab/Negev. Yaqub did no harm to anyone. Our religion sees Yaqub as a shahid [=martyr] for he was not guilty of any crime or sin. He will get his last respects in a funeral.

The police never investigated him, there was never any complaint against him, not even a traffic ticket. This is the kind of person he was.

We call upon you now, to join with us, for the sake of the family, and demand these things: 1 – An apology from the prime minister, Benjamin Nethanyahu, and let him lead the funeral himself, or resign. 2 – That minister Ardan resigns immediately. He is not fit to be a minister in the state of Israel … as long as he spreads defamation against Arabs. He collects votes at our expense, and if you are silent about it you are giving him legitimacy … 3 – The chief of police should resign too, in fact he should leave the country. Shame, shame shame! … His statements, within minutes… another crime that he did was to bury the police officer right after he was evicted. Ya zalameh, dahilak [=Man, seriously] how did you already dissected him and made a dissection report? Where? Are you operating in remote control? The body is [driven] in a police car to the north, to the center, and you check it on remote control? … shame on you, you are a disgrace to the state of Israel, a disgrace to an enlightened public, shame on you. We also demand the resignation of Yair Maayan, who sits in the chair of CEO of the Authority [for resettling Bedouins]. He caused this damage. Personally. He caused this state-wide disaster, and no-one else.

I deeply thank you. We are not satisfied with only expressions of solidarity and empathy, in the tent, the mourning shack. What I ask of you is to take to the front row on the media, to your friends, neighbors, mother, father, uncle, ant, son and daughter – everyone. Sound our voice out there and get our message out.

—-

This concludes the speech of Raed Abu al-Qi’an. From other residents of the village we learned that at least one structure was demolished without a warrant, that the police hides cars that are required to examine what happened and that a little girl going into one of the houses to take out her mother's jewelery before the house is demolished was shot in her leg with a sponge or rubber-covered bullet and suffered injury and the jewelery was taken away by police.

All this sadly coincided with the annual commemoration of Sami al-Jaar, a resident of Rahat, that was killed two years ago by a police officer with absolutely no justification, and the shooting officer is still employed in the police, carrying a weapon.

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