Activists protest plan to ‘expel’ Beduin from Negev

May 28, 2013 01:04

Israeli Arabs and supporters of the Beduin community protested in front of the Knesset on Monday in opposition to the Prawer-Begin plan, which was scheduled to be presented for its first reading.

The vote ended up being delayed.

Israeli-Arab party Balad sent a letter to the ambassadors of foreign countries calling on them to intervene and stop the demolition of Beduin homes and the implementation of the government’s Prawer-Begin plan, which seeks a compromise by legalizing 63 percent of Beduin-claimed land and regulating their settlement in the Negev.

The letter calls for their governments to put pressure on the Israeli government to stop “the demolitions and land confiscations” and to recognize their “ownership of the land.” Balad sent the missive last week, requesting urgent intervention following the demolition of 18 Beduin structures in Atir-Umm al- Hiran by the government earlier this month.

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