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Israel lawmakers approve plan to displace Negev Bedouins

Ma’an – 06/05/2013

BETHLEHEM – Israel approved a draft law on Monday to implement a plan which will displace thousands of Bedouins in the Negev desert, an Israeli rights group said.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill which outlines a framework for implementing the Prawer-Begin plan, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said.

“Today the government approved a plan that will cause the displacement and forced eviction of dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Bedouin residents,” ACRI lawyer Rawia Aburabia said.

“All of this while the government simultaneously promotes the establishment of new Jewish communities, some of which are even planned to be built on the fresh ruins of Bedouin villages,” she added.

The Israeli government approved the plan in 2011, in what it says was an attempt to address the problem of unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

The 2011 proposal was formulated without any consultation with the Bedouin community and rights groups slammed it as a major blow to Bedouin rights.

Bedouins protest

The Regional Council of Unrecognized Arab Villages of Negev along with the High Steering Committee of the Arabs of Negev organized Monday a demonstration near office of Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem protesting approval of the recommendations.

Knesset member Ibrahim Sarsour addressed the demonstrators confirming that his party, the United Arab List, rejected the recommendations. He expressed concern that the recommendations might be approved as a law and urged the Arab public to use legal means to try and prevent such a step.

Talab Abu Arar, another lawmaker, echoed Sarsour’s remarks but appealed to “the rational people on the Israeli side to treat the Arabs wisely giving them their rights, recognizing their unrecognized villages, and involving them in the planning process.”

He warned the Israelis against being driven by “racist and extremist blocs in the Knesset.”

“Approval of the Prawer committee recommendations means Judaisation of Negev. The main goal of these plans is to seize Arab lands and exterminate Arab roots,” said head of the Regional Council of Unrecognized Arab Villages of Negev Atiyeh al-A’sam.

According to ACRI, the plan will forcibly evict nearly 40,000 Bedouins and destroy their communal and social fabric, condemning them to a future of poverty and unemployment.

Israel refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house nearly 90,000 people.

The Israeli state denies them access to basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity and running water, and refuses to place them under municipal jurisdiction.


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1 Comment

  1. This is infuriating! Zionist are ideologically despicable degenerates! Aside from rage and name-calling; I am reminded to what Albert Einstein wrote on ‘”The Israeli Question'” in 1948 when offered the presidency of the newly established Zionist state of Israel.:

    April 10, 1948

    ‘Dear Sir,

    When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks.

    I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people. Sincerely yours,

    Albert Einstein.’

    Einstein point was that Zionist are criminals that he wanted nothing whatsoever to do with, not even worth talking with. Truman was a evil man, and so have been all the presidents since, with the sole exception of President John F. Kennedy in regard to Israel. He was assassinated consequently and the evidence linking Israel his assassination are overwhelm.

    They used then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, the CIA, and FBI, to handle the mechanics, as they did with then Senator Robert F. Kennedy. It is reasonable to assume they feared just retribution if “Bobby” was elected and framed a Palestinian for his assassination. It also gives texture for why LBJ was involved in the attack and cover-up on the USS Liberty by Israel on June 8, 1967.:


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | May 6, 2013

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