Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Israeli Knesset's Prawer-Begin Bill: Demolition & Eviction of Israeli Bedouin Citizens in the Naqab (the Negev)


Adalah on the eviction of Bedouin citizens of Israel in the Naqab (the Negev):

“The Prawer-Begin Plan is the latest iteration of Israeli government policy of dispossession and displacement of the indigenous Palestinian Arab Bedouin citizens living in the Naqab (Negev) desert in the south of Israel. 

It was first approved in September 2011, with minor revisions suggested by Minister Benny Begin approved in January 2013. On 6 May, the Prawer-Begin Bill, which is the implementing legislation of the plan, was adopted by the government and is currently pending before the Knesset. If enacted into law and implemented, the Prawer-Begin Bill would result in the destruction of 35 ‘unrecognized’ Bedouin villages in the Naqab and the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel from their land and homes.”

On the European Parliament’s resolution calling on Israel to withdraw the government-approved Prawer Plan.

What happens next? See this page from The Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

A brief introduction to the situation of the Bedouin in the Negev (Naqab) by Neve Gordon in the London Review of Books, Vol. 34, No. 6, 22 March 2012. 

For works addressing the historical background and political context, see my basic bibliography for the Bedouin

Ethnic cleansing? Cultural genocide? 

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