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Protesters rally against Prawer Plan in Israel, West Bank
Published Monday 15/07/2013 (updated) 16/07/2013 17:04
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BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma'an) -- Demonstrations took place across Israel and the occupied West Bank on Monday to protest against Israel's Prawer Plan, which will displace thousands of Bedouin families in the Negev desert.

In Beersheba, protesters blocked the main road by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev before being displaced by Israeli forces, witnesses said.

At least 20 people were arrested and dozens assaulted by Israeli forces as demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and chanted "Down with the Prawer-Begin criminal plan".

Protesters carried signs with the names of the Bedouin villages which are due to be displaced.

Balad, a Palestinian political party in Israel, said that Israeli officers assaulted the party's chairman Jamal Zahalka, with Palestinian MKs Ahmad Tibi, Ibrahim Sarsour, Talab Abu Arar and Talab al-Sani all participating in the demonstration.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told Ma'an that 14 protestors were arrested and two Israeli police officers were injured during the rally.

"After demonstrators blocked the main road in Beersheba, police announced the rally had become illegal," Samri added.

The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab citizens of Israel announced a general strike on Monday, with protests due to take place in Umm al-Fahm, Sakhnin, and the Negev.

Demonstrations will also take place in Jaffa, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus and across Israel in Lod and Ramle.

In May, Israel approved a draft law to implement a plan which will displace thousands of Bedouins in the Negev desert.

The Israeli government approved the Prawer-Begin 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.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, 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 ) god / is bs
15/07/2013 17:42
do u only print pro israel comments

2 ) Mel / USA
16/07/2013 19:07
The Bedouin DON'T NEED "recognized"places to be enclaved in! The WHOLE desert is globally recognized as the home of the Bedu.No borders/fences.The ONLY ones trying to destroy that,are greedy white-Jewish colonials.Imperialism is brutal to non-white Native peoples worldwide.Thank goodness the Bedouin prevail,just as the DESERT DOES!It's racist,bigotted collective punishment.Live free,don't just exist.

3 ) Paul V. Cassidy / Ireland
19/07/2013 12:52
The problem with Israel is that it's MO, deriving as it does from a response to the Holocaust, has become entirely predictable and counter-productive. If I can see this from afar no doubt it is more than evident close-up. This entire Prawer Plan debacle seems to me to be illustrative of this fact because I cannot help but think that the Bedouin are Israels key to the Lebensraum - that would be the 'Eretz' part - they seek and in some respects justifiably need.
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