Friday, October 7, 2011

Negev Arab towns go on strike over plans to confiscate their land

If Israel's parliament approves the proposal, 30,000 Bedouins could be removed from their homes in Negev within 60 days
Bedouins protest in Israel's southern region Negev
Bedouins living in Israel's southern Negev region protest against government plans to confiscate their land.

Six Arab-Israeli towns in Israel's southern Negev region have ground to a halt in protest at government plans to confiscate swathes of land from the Bedouin community. If the proposal passes through the Knesset, Israel's parliament, unopposed, 30,000 people could be forced from their homes within 60 days.

Schools, shops and municipal offices across the region closed for the day allowing more than 8,000 people to stage a demonstration in Beersheba rejecting the plan – the largest civil protest in the city's history.

Arab-Israeli MP Jamal Zahalka said they were united against the proposal.

"We want to send a very clear message to the Israeli government – we are saying no. This demonstration proves that Israel's plans will be thwarted. Nobody here today will co-operate with them."

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  1. Where is the condemnation from Hillary and Susan?

  2. Honestly Buh, I don't think they know about it. Palestine has maybe 4% of their mind share, if that.