A Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, a tree stands near debris from demolished homes, in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, Israel. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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On a windswept hilltop in this Bedouin village, a cracked solar panel lying atop a mattress and slabs of broken concrete provide an eerie reminder of a clash that has come to symbolize the strained relations between Israel's government and 1948 Palestinians. On a frigid January morning, Yaakub Abu al-Qiyan was shot dead as his jeep swerved into Israeli police who had come to demolish his illegally built home. At the time, police called the 47-year-old schoolteacher a terrorist with ties to Daesh (ISIS). In Umm al-Hiran, their anger deepened when police arrived before dawn on Jan. 18 to demolish 14 structures. The police came heavily armed and in riot gear – in stark contrast to the nonconfrontational approach used to evacuate the settlers, Salim Abu al-Qiyan said.That morning, police reported that a 1948 Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers, killing one of them before he was fatally shot. Police refuse to comment until the official report is published. However, officials in the Internal Security Ministry, which oversees the police, said officers had intelligence about a potential vehicular attack and incitement to violence by Palestinian leaders.
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