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Israel approves plan to displace Negev Bedouins
Published Monday 06/05/2013 (updated) 08/05/2013 17:50
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A photo of Al-Araqib in the southern Negev, one of many Bedouin
villages not recognized by Israel. (MaanImages/Eva Pilipp)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- 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 ) Shoter Yahood / Israel
06/05/2013 18:34
All arabs will be moved to Syria.

2 ) gabi / australia
07/05/2013 03:18
ethnic cleansing started even before the unilateral declaration of the state of Israel - and continues. Shame on the "light to all nations".

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
07/05/2013 03:44
I withdraw my proposal to admit Israel to the Union as 'the Kosher State.' I think 'the Nazi State' would be more fitting. Of course, mere statehood would involve a substantial decline in Israel's power, influence, and financial benefits -- and they would need an exemption from about half the Constitution. I fail to see why they would be interested.

4 ) Crapper / UK
07/05/2013 05:49
Do not fall prey for this twisted piece of "reporting" by Ma'an. In reality, Israel will be allocating land and funds to each Bedu family who was camping out on state lands in Negev Desert. It is a civilized, 21st century effort to bring orderly life to a nomadic culture. The tribes will be incorporated as towns with sewage, water and electricity. Modern home-apartments will be built alongside schools, clinics, etc. For comparison, look at North Israel's Bedu towns and villages who are flourishi

5 ) Libra -scales of justice / United Kingdom
07/05/2013 22:30
Zionists never satisfied, now they want the land in the Negev. Which is home to nearly 90,000 Bedouin. They take away their rights of having water, electricity, basic household needs. WHY? The answer we all know is to start building more homes for the settlers.

6 ) gabi / australia
09/05/2013 10:28
# 4 -Crapper (so well named) the Bedu do not live in high-rise apartments, and Israel knows this is anathema to them. They cannot cope with this sort of living, and shouldn't be forced to. If Israel is so concerned to give them good homes, school,s etc, why don't they build them new homes in the Negev? Oh no, that's right they want that for European settlers. And you can bet your life savings that the settlers' homes and infrastructure will be better by far, than those built for the Bedu

7 ) Maureen / Australia
09/05/2013 23:39
#2 gabi, oh Zionist Israel is a light to all nations,' just like the great deceiver that appears as light - a satanic little entity that will not be happy until it sets all naitions alight.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/05/2013 08:50
To Crapper #4 ' It is a civilized, 21st century effort to bring orderly life to a nomadic culture. The tribes will be incorporated as towns with sewage, water and electricity. Modern home-apartments will be built alongside schools, clinics, etc...' This would explain the enthusiasm with with the Bedouin are greeting the proposals.
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