Gov’t to address disputed Beduin lands in Negev

January 28, 2013 01:47

The government on Sunday approved a plan for dealing with the issue of disputed Beduin communities in the Negev as well as for opening certain areas to new settlements by a vote of 16-3-1, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

In what the Prime Minister’s Office characterized as “a compromise” which was “vital,” 62 percent of land claimed by Beduin will remain under their control, while 38% will be recognized as state land and any Beduin structures which remain on it will be demolished if necessary, Israel Radio reported.

The government decision both stipulates that those Beduin being relocated will receive compensation, and lays the groundwork for new Jewish settlements in the Negev.

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