Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bedouin oppose Israeli plans to relocate communities

Wide shot of Bedouin camp near Maale Adumim
Many Bedouin fled to the West Bank from the Negev after the creation of the Israeli state in 1948

Bedouin in the occupied West Bank and in Israel's Negev desert say they fear for their future as new reports circulate that the Israeli authorities plan to relocate them. International aid and Bedouin groups say tens of thousands of people could ultimately be affected.

Bedouin to the east of Jerusalem expect attempts will soon be made to move them against their will. They live in an area that is controlled by Israel's Civil Administration, part of the Defence Ministry that governs the West Bank.

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