Wednesday, July 17, 2013

As Israeli state nears Bedouin relocation plan, protests in Israel, West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem

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From the onset there was opposition to the Prawer Plan. When it first sank into law by a narrow vote, the plan to remove Bedouin-Palestinians from the Negev region of Israel brought national contention. If just a handful of Knesset members had cast their ballots against this measure, which is decried by Arab rights' groups as a catastrophic cleansing of Bedouins from the desert, or a second "nakba," the program would have been abandoned. Yet the first comprehensive state blueprint to wipe out "unrecognized" villages in the south was approved, affecting an area inhabited by 70,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel.

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