Fatima Abu Madegham Al Turi dances in her home. Al Araqib, February 2010
Fatima Abu Madegham Al Turi dances in her home. Al Araqib, February 2010
Fatima's home. A hen tends to her young chicks. Al Araqib, April 2009
Fatima's home. A hen tends to her young chicks. Al Araqib, April 2009
Said and Ibrahim play on the skeleton of an old car in Al Araqib, April 2009
Said and Ibrahim play on the skeleton of an old car in Al Araqib, April 2009
Azeez sprays water on the floor of the family home to cool it down. Al Araqib April 2009
Azeez sprays water on the floor of the family home to cool it down. Al Araqib April 2009
In winter, the usually monochrome landscape turns green. Mohammed plays among the plants. In the background, some of the homes making up Al Araqib, February 2010
In winter, the usually monochrome landscape turns green. Mohammed plays among the plants. In the background, some of the homes making up Al Araqib, February 2010
Azeez's children play with marbles outside their home. Al Araqib April, 2009
Azeez's children play with marbles outside their home. Al Araqib April, 2009
Sheikh Sayah lies on a mat in the Shig, the tent in which men meet, next to him Salim and Mohammed. Al Araqib, April 2009
Sheikh Sayah lies on a mat in the Shig, the tent in which men meet, next to him Salim and Mohammed. Al Araqib, April 2009
Fatima picks up the laundry, in the background the village. As an unrecognized village, Al Araqib is not connected to the water grid. Water is brought in by truck and stored in tanks connected to each home. Al Araqib, February 2010.
Fatima picks up the laundry, in the background the village. As an unrecognized village, Al Araqib is not connected to the water grid. Water is brought in by truck and stored in tanks connected to each home. Al Araqib, February 2010.
Mohammed on a pick up track in the vast openness of the desert. Al Araqib, July 2010
Mohammed on a pick up track in the vast openness of the desert. Al Araqib, July 2010
Sheikh Sayah, head of the village of Al Araqib tends to his sheep. Al Araqib, February 2010
Sheikh Sayah, head of the village of Al Araqib tends to his sheep. Al Araqib, February 2010
A child stands by the carcass of a freshly slaughtered ship. Al Araqib, April 2009.
A child stands by the carcass of a freshly slaughtered ship. Al Araqib, April 2009.
Sheikh Sayah Al Turi walks towards the village from the nearby wadi. In the background young trees planted by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) are visible. April 2009
Sheikh Sayah Al Turi walks towards the village from the nearby wadi. In the background young trees planted by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) are visible. April 2009
Fatima washes dishes after dinner. Al Araqib, February 2010
Fatima washes dishes after dinner. Al Araqib, February 2010
One of the children's bedroom in Fatima's family home. April 2010
One of the children's bedroom in Fatima's family home. April 2010
Men gathered in the shig. The shig serves as a meeting place. April 2009
Men gathered in the shig. The shig serves as a meeting place. April 2009
Fatima and her brothers watch TV. February 2010
Fatima and her brothers watch TV. February 2010
Said stands by the door as Hala, Fatima and Mohammed are in bed in their room. February 2010
Said stands by the door as Hala, Fatima and Mohammed are in bed in their room. February 2010
Al Araqib during a storm. Lamps powered by solar energy mark the paths leading to different homes. February 2010
Al Araqib during a storm. Lamps powered by solar energy mark the paths leading to different homes. February 2010
Israeli police officers enter Al Araqib to raze it to the ground. The first demolition happened on 27 July 2010. The state maintains the Al Turi are occupying land that is not theirs, while the Al Turi have historical documents proving their ties to the land. The legal fight is ongoing and so are the demolitions. September 2009
Israeli police officers enter Al Araqib to raze it to the ground. The first demolition happened on 27 July 2010. The state maintains the Al Turi are occupying land that is not theirs, while the Al Turi have historical documents proving their ties to the land. The legal fight is ongoing and so are the demolitions. September 2009
Israeli police officers escort bulldozers. Some of the demolitions turned violent with rubber bullets and tear gas shot on the villagers, who reported a variety of injuries. September 2010
Israeli police officers escort bulldozers. Some of the demolitions turned violent with rubber bullets and tear gas shot on the villagers, who reported a variety of injuries. September 2010
Rubble left in Al Araqib after a demolition. Later that year, the state passed a law stating that the expense of the demolition should be covered by the people whose home is being demolished. In other villages, this has led to a number of families demolishing their own homes. September 2010
Rubble left in Al Araqib after a demolition. Later that year, the state passed a law stating that the expense of the demolition should be covered by the people whose home is being demolished. In other villages, this has led to a number of families demolishing their own homes. September 2010
Sheikh Sayah Al Turi stands by the ruins of his home. September 2010
Sheikh Sayah Al Turi stands by the ruins of his home. September 2010
Women and men begin reconstructing the village after another demolition. Al Araqib, September 2010
Women and men begin reconstructing the village after another demolition. Al Araqib, September 2010
Mohammed surveys the destruction of the village he called home. Al Araqib, September 2010
Mohammed surveys the destruction of the village he called home. Al Araqib, September 2010
An elderly woman sits outside her family home. Al Araqib, July 2012
An elderly woman sits outside her family home. Al Araqib, July 2012
Hala carries wood needed to build new homes after another demolition. September 2010
Hala carries wood needed to build new homes after another demolition. September 2010
Al Araqib after repeated demolitions took place in the space of two months. Al Araqib, September 2010
Al Araqib after repeated demolitions took place in the space of two months. Al Araqib, September 2010
Sujoud wears a sticker reading 'We are all Al Araqib' prepared by the village and activists from the NGO Negev Coexistence Forum. July 2012
Sujoud wears a sticker reading 'We are all Al Araqib' prepared by the village and activists from the NGO Negev Coexistence Forum. July 2012
Sabah and her kids stand with their grandfather on the holiday of Eid Al Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. September 2010
Sabah and her kids stand with their grandfather on the holiday of Eid Al Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. September 2010
Fatima in the space her family moved to in 2011 after their home was repeatedly demolished in 2010. From some 35 families, at this point 4 have remained. They moved into an area close to the cemetery. July 2012
Fatima in the space her family moved to in 2011 after their home was repeatedly demolished in 2010. From some 35 families, at this point 4 have remained. They moved into an area close to the cemetery. July 2012
Said in the space he now calls home. Al Araqib, July 2011
Said in the space he now calls home. Al Araqib, July 2011
Female members of the Abu Madegham, celebrate Eid Al Fitr in Al Araqib. September 2010
Female members of the Abu Madegham, celebrate Eid Al Fitr in Al Araqib. September 2010
Sujoud in the structure her parents built after their home was demolished in July 2010. Al Araqib July 2012
Sujoud in the structure her parents built after their home was demolished in July 2010. Al Araqib July 2012
Hala and Mohammed play in the structure they now call home. July 2011
Hala and Mohammed play in the structure they now call home. July 2011
Mariam, Sujoud's sister, sits in the bedroom of the home built following the first demolition of July 2010. Al Araqib July 2012
Mariam, Sujoud's sister, sits in the bedroom of the home built following the first demolition of July 2010. Al Araqib July 2012
Extended family plays in the common area in Fatima's family home. Al Araqib July 2011
Extended family plays in the common area in Fatima's family home. Al Araqib July 2011
Hala poses for a photo outside her home. Al Araqib July 2010
Hala poses for a photo outside her home. Al Araqib July 2010
Hala and Mohammed in the structure they moved to following the July 2010 demolition. It was originally built to welcome relatives attending funerals. The cemetery is nearby. July 2011
Hala and Mohammed in the structure they moved to following the July 2010 demolition. It was originally built to welcome relatives attending funerals. The cemetery is nearby. July 2011
Children play. Al Araqib, July 2012
Children play. Al Araqib, July 2012
Haqima, in the home she built with her husband and children following the 2010 demolition. Al Araqib July 2012
Haqima, in the home she built with her husband and children following the 2010 demolition. Al Araqib July 2012
Sheikh Sayah Al Turi. 'We will not move' he said in 2010. By 2015 the village had been demolished and rebuilt 90 times. Al Araqib, July 2012
Sheikh Sayah Al Turi. 'We will not move' he said in 2010. By 2015 the village had been demolished and rebuilt 90 times. Al Araqib, July 2012
Mohammed asleep. Al Araqib, July 2012
Mohammed asleep. Al Araqib, July 2012
Najwa in Al Araqib. July 2012
Najwa in Al Araqib. July 2012
On 12 June 2014, the state of Israel attempted once again to completely shut down Al Araqib. Between July 2010 and June 2014, the state had demolished homes built outside the cemetery perimeter. Families had resettled inside the perimeter but continued to build symbolic structures outside too, where their homes once stood.  On June 12, police entered the perimeter and razed everything to the ground. Al Araqib, June 2012
On 12 June 2014, the state of Israel attempted once again to completely shut down Al Araqib. Between July 2010 and June 2014, the state had demolished homes built outside the cemetery perimeter. Families had resettled inside the perimeter but continued to build symbolic structures outside too, where their homes once stood. On June 12, police entered the perimeter and razed everything to the ground. Al Araqib, June 2012
Since the first demolition in 2010, the Al Turi organized a solidarity network with the help of local activists and local NGOs. The network mobilizes to this day on a weekly basis to protest ongoing demolitions. Al Araqib, July 2012
Since the first demolition in 2010, the Al Turi organized a solidarity network with the help of local activists and local NGOs. The network mobilizes to this day on a weekly basis to protest ongoing demolitions. Al Araqib, July 2012
Outside the headquarters of the JNF, Sheikh Sayah protests the demolition of his village. The JNF and the state are plating a forest where the homes of the Al Turi stood. Jerusalem, April 2012
Outside the headquarters of the JNF, Sheikh Sayah protests the demolition of his village. The JNF and the state are plating a forest where the homes of the Al Turi stood. Jerusalem, April 2012
Women protest demolitions. Al Araqib, September 2010
Women protest demolitions. Al Araqib, September 2010
Women sit in the village after the umpteenth demolition. Al Araqib, September 2010
Women sit in the village after the umpteenth demolition. Al Araqib, September 2010
Sabah and Alia bake bread. Al Araqib, September 2010
Sabah and Alia bake bread. Al Araqib, September 2010
Girls dance against the sunset in Al Araqib. September 2010
Girls dance against the sunset in Al Araqib. September 2010
A tent during the holy month of Ramadan. Al Araqib, September 2010
A tent during the holy month of Ramadan. Al Araqib, September 2010