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Demo in the displaced village of Beit Nuba to mark 45 years of Occupation this Saturday

The village of Beit Nuba was destroyed in 1967 and its residents displaced forcefully. The Wall now separates them from the remaining lands of their original village.

When: Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 15:00
Where: Beit Nuba village (near Beit Liqya, off road 443)
Register for transportation: Kobi Snitz 054-219-1547

Residents of Beit Nuba, will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Naksa -The Israeli occupation of West Bank and Gaza this Saturday. The villagers will march with their supporters - Palestinians, Israelis and internationals - towards the ruins of their village, inside the West Bank, from which they were expelled in 1967 and are still denied the right to return to.

The demonstration will also protest a recent demolition of a public building in the village by Israeli authorities, as well as five standing demolition orders that were handed out to the villagers. Currently, more than 10% of the houses in the community are currently threatened by demolition.

Background
In July 1967, during the war in which Israel occupied the West Bank, Israeli forces took over the original village of Beit Nuba. The village, together with the neighboring villages of Yalo and Imwas were depopulated and then destroyed on the orders of Yitzhak Rabin, the then Chief of Staff of the Israeli army.
About 250 refugees of the Beit Nuba live currently few kilometers east of their original village. The path of Israel`s Separation Wall leaves the ruins of their village and much of their lands sequestered behind it.

On May 23th, large military forces raided the new Beit Nuba accompanied by a D9 bulldozer, and demolished a public building which has been built back in 1977. The soldiers have also handed five more demolition orders.

On May 25th, two days after the demolition, a hundred people from the village marched towards the Wall’s gate, in protest of the recent demolitions, and in demand of being allowed to return to their original, demolished village.

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