BIR AS-SABI, Sunday, January 16, 2022 (WAFA) – Scores of Palestinian Bedouins and supporters demonstrated today in the city of Bir as-Sabi, south of occupied Palestine, calling for the immediate release of dozens of fellow Palestinians detained by the Israeli occupation authorities since last week.
Over 130 Palestinians were detained by Israeli Police during last week's events, when thousands of Palestinian Bedouins took to the streets in the villages of Sa'wa, Tal Sabi and Al-Atrash in the Naqab province to protest against an Israeli forestation project there, which is aimed at impeding the geographic expansion of Palestinian villages in the area.
The escalation in Naqab began on Monday, when bulldozers from the Jewish National Fund (JNF), a quasi-governmental agency, arrived with heavy police protection in the nearby village of al-Atrash and razed Bedouin farming lands, in order to plant trees.
Bedouin Palestinians protested against the move and confrontations have continued for days. Videos and images shared on social media showed Israeli forces violently arresting and beating residents who arrived to defend the lands they use for farming wheat and barley.
The protests in Naqab were met by brutal Israeli force, and scores of protesters were either injured or arrested.