Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel produced the video above as part of its campaign to defeat the Prawer Plan.
The Prawer-Begin Law passed a first reading in the Knesset on 24 June 2013, with a vote of 43 to 40. The law is the legislative arm of the Prawer Plan, which, if fully implemented, will destroy dozens of ‘unrecognized’ Arab Bedouin villages in the Naqab, forcibly displace up to 70,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel, and confiscate over 800,000 dunams of their ancestral Bedouin land.
Despite objections to the plan, the government has refused to seriously consider Arab Bedouin input on the bill, and a post-facto ‘listening process’ led by former minister Benny Begin abjectly failed to integrate the Bedouin’s grievances into the final plan.
On Monday, 15 July, the Knesset announced that the Interior Committee would be charged with preparing the bill for its second and third readings, a move that Adalah’s Knesset lawyer Nadeem Shehadeh called “a troubling development, indicative of the government’s determination to pass the legislation quickly in its current discriminatory form.”
Learn more about the Prawer Plan here.