9 May 2013

Israel approves plan to displace Negev Bedouins

Israel approved a draft law on Monday to implement a plan which will displace thousands of Bedouins in the Negev desert, an Israeli rights group said.
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill which outlines a framework for implementing the Prawer-Begin plan, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said.

Demolition of Al-Arakib-10-13-10
"Today the government approved a plan that will cause the displacement and forced eviction of dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Bedouin residents," ACRI lawyer Rawia Aburabia said.
"All of this while the government simultaneously promotes the establishment of new Jewish communities, some of which are even planned to be built on the fresh ruins of Bedouin villages," she added.

A resident of Al Araquib is blocked from entering his home by riot police.<br />The Israeli authorities demolished the entire village of Al Araquib in which 300 residents live.<br />30 homes, infrastructure and animal pens were demolished.<br />Residents of unrecognised villages are unable to get building permits for their houses.
The Israeli government approved the 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.

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