Sunday, September 11, 2011

Uprooting the Bedouins

Israel approves plan to relocate 30,000 Bedouin from "unrecognized" villages
Prawer Report plan envisions relocation of Bedouin to recognized settlements, would grant financial and land compensation to evacuees.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet on Sunday approved a plan to relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin from their unrecognized villages into settlements with official state status.

The plan emerges from the Prawer Report, drafted to find a solution to the problem of unrecognized villages in the Negev.

Bedouin houses in the Negev.

As part of the plan, some 20,000 to 30,000 Bedouon will be relocated to recognized settlements including Rahat, Khura and Ksayfe. The plan also includes financial compensation for those relocated, as well as alternate plots of land. The program is estimated to cost the state NIS 6.8 billion.

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