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Palestinian Knesset members urge Kerry to oppose Prawer Plan
Published Thursday 05/12/2013 (updated) 06/12/2013 22:32
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BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset on Thursday sent a message to US Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to pressure Israel to stop its so-called Prawer Plan to uproot Bedouin villages.

Knesset members Ibrahim Sarsour, Ahmad Tibi, Masoud Ghanayim, and Talab Abu Arar detailed the implications of the Prawer Plan in their letter to Kerry, describing the structured displacement of Negev Bedouin as "ethnic cleansing."

Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa director Phillip Luther and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have denounced the Prawer Plan, the Knesset members noted in the letter.

The plan would urbanize the traditionally agriculture-savvy Bedouin, thus putting "an end to their historic way of living," they added.

According to the letter, Israel has destroyed 200 Bedouin homes in the Negev since 2009.

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.

It was approved by parliament in a first reading in June, and two more votes on it are expected.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the plan will forcibly evict nearly 40,000 Bedouin and destroy their communal and social fabric, condemning them to a future of poverty and unemployment.

Other estimates put the number of Bedouin residents to be evicted by the Prawer Plan at 70,000.

Israel refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house nearly 90,000 people.

The Israeli government 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 ) Tibi / Tubas
05/12/2013 20:28
Kerry does Not get a vote inside the Kenesset, and
outside "urgings" would be ignored on such internal matters.

2 ) @ tibi smug dumba$$ / USA
05/12/2013 22:02
we do get a vote on your welfare

3 ) Claudia / Italy
06/12/2013 00:28
Just wait till EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the UN Security Council, Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour United Nations and Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley, The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs The International Federation for Human Rights, Defenders of Human Rights Center, Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies & Human Rights Philip Luther, Middle East & North Africa Director at Amnesty International, ''express concern''.

4 ) southparkbear / usa
06/12/2013 02:03
so they had their photo-up and can go and ask for a raise from the PA

5 ) brian cohen / israel
06/12/2013 07:37
Tibi representing the Bedouin is like saying Donald Rumsfeld represents the Mowhawk. Tibi is happy to keep 30000 Bedouin living in dumps instead of moving them into homes with flush toilets and running water. Keeping the Bedouin suppressed serves Tibi's narrow world view.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
06/12/2013 07:47
when kerry sells security he make promises for 40 years from now

7 ) @ Brian-5 / \ Tibi/Tubas
06/12/2013 16:24
-a- You have totally fabricated my position from nothing, and
You have got it completely wrong too !! In my view,
-b- THE BEDOUIN SHOULD be allowed to CONTINUE, as they have
for centuries, WANDERING THE DESERT, BUT NOT OWNING IT, and
when they try to make their tent-settlements permanent, they should be moved along, and fined for resisting, which does Not require Israel to provide them with "homes, flush toilets, or running water",
unless they in a place Israel zoned for residence.

8 ) @ Claudia-3 / USA
06/12/2013 16:38
You are a person, and so am I.
- When I ''express concern'', you may choose to ignore it,
and the same is true for sovereign nations, so
- When sovereign entities like the EU or UN ''express concern'',
the sovereign State of Israel may also ignore it !!
And, you should try to realize, that concerns of lesser, non-sovereign entities, like "Defenders of, Ahrar Center", Amnesty International", etc.
are of no more consequence to sovereign states, than concerns of individuals like us !!

9 ) Mel / USA
06/12/2013 20:09
Ask Kerry if he'd have endorsed Germany's late pre-WW2 "Zig Millionen Menschen"Plan as they planned their pan-German empire into Czechoslovakia,Poland & further eastward into Eurasia?The only way he would support Zionism's Prawer Plan,is if he would have endorsed Nazism's plan too! Same pig,different lipstick! One pigs Prawer is another pigs ethnic cleansing/extermination. Both unscionable,unforgiveable,war crimes.

10 ) Rosa Lee / Romania/UK
06/12/2013 23:41
Roma have wandred for ever, travelling not settling, but now government in EU makes us give up our ways of life. Our cusins in UK, are forced to live in bricks, all our camps are destructed, Daly Fram is an example of efnic cleaning of gypsie peoples. We are solidariti with Negiv Bedou, we wander, thwy wander, we are family. The Brian 5 and the 7 Tibi are rubbish peoples who hate travling peoples, what have us done to yous? Desert is big, there not for scummy settling peoples, but for all Bedou
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