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Israeli Embassy tries to deflect protest over Bedouin relocation — it’s for their own good

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The diplomatic prowess of Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs is… mind-numbing. A recent action alert from Jewish Voice for Peace expressed horror over plans to force tens of thousands of Bedouins from their homes, and in response our friend Betsy Taylor sent an email to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren to “warn Knesset members from taking further […]

Has the Prawer Plan begun?

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On Monday al-Arakib, a Bedouin village known for being demolished over 50 times since 2010, was again destroyed for the 54th time. The day after that four leaders from nearby towns were arrested. In court on Wednesday the state explained their rationale for the arrests: to implement a restraining order on community leaders, keeping them […]

Thousands across Palestine protest against efforts to uproot Bedouin

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Protests erupted across the Palestinian territories today as a show of force against the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, demolish their villages and build new Jewish towns on top of their ruins. Demonstrations that were part of the planned “Day of Rage” occurred within Israel, Gaza, […]

International ‘Day of Rage’ against the Prawer Plan today

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Today, activists in Israel/Palestine, and around the world, will carry out a “day of rage” to protest the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government plan to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert that will lead to the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin citizens of the state of Israel in order to clear the […]

Human rights groups: Israel used ‘excessive’ force against those protesting plan to uproot Bedouins

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Protesters against the Prawer Plan in Beersheva. (Photo: Allison Deger/Mondoweiss) Human rights groups have slammed Israel’s “excessive” force against those protesting the “discriminatory” plan to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouins in the state against their will. Last week, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch harshly condemned Israeli treatment of protesters during a general strike […]

Dispatch from the Negev: Bedouins brace for doom, under Prawer Plan

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Bedouin children play in the unrecognized village of Assir in the Negev. The village was established by the Israeli military in the 1950s and now is under threat of eviction by the Prawer Plan. (Photo: Allison Deger) In the Negev there is a village called Hiran where Jewish-Israelis live in caravans in a wooded forest […]

Jewish establishment stays silent on Israeli plan to forcibly displace Bedouins

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The heavy-hitters in the American Jewish community usually march in lockstep with the Israeli government. But many organizations that comprise the American Jewish establishment have gone silent over the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, relocate them to urban areas and build new Jewish areas on top […]

Protests against Prawer Plan to forcibly move Negev Bedouin spread across Israel/Palestine

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A few images from day long protests and strikes across Israel/Palestine in opposition to the Prawer Plan, which will forcibly move up 70,000 Bedouin from their unrecognized villages in Israel into government-approved towns. This action is receiving international protest and condemnation. July 15th: #DayOfRage demonstrations against Prawer plan throughout Palestine. Blocking Yefet street in Yafa, […]

Video – The Prawer Plan: What you need to know

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Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel produced the video above as part of its campaign to defeat the Prawer Plan. From Adalah: 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, […]

Israeli government kills plan to uproot Bedouin

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The “Day of Rage” protests held last month by Bedouin Arabs and their allies to protest the Prawer Plan were met with defiant rhetoric from Israeli officials.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to move forward with the Israeli government’s initiative to demolish Bedouin villages, uproot their inhabitants and build Jewish towns on top of them. […]

‘Prawer Plan’ to uproot Bedouins shows folly of the phrase ‘democratic Israel’

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Protesters in Tel Aviv two years ago called on the Israeli government to recognize Bedouin villages (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Peter Beinart’s pro-settlement boycott article in the New York Times has rightly been critiqued from the left for ignoring the fact that “Israel is only a ‘genuine democracy’ for its Jewish citizens,” as Adam Horowitz put it. A close look at the Israeli government’s Prawer Plan, which calls for the forced relocation of tens of […]

Back from the dead: Israeli general says ‘Prawer Plan’ still on the table

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Last week, activists opposed to the Israeli government’s initiative to demolish Bedouin villages celebrated when the proposal, known as the Prawer Plan, was scrapped.  But they may have clapped their hands too soon. On Monday, the Israeli ex-general tasked with implementing the plan breathed new life into the legislation.  According to Haaretz‘s Jonathan Lis, retired […]

On 8th anniversary of Palestinian BDS Call, BNC calls to isolate Knesset over Prawer Plan

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[A Press Release from The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)  informs Palestinian civil society has called for freezing “Knesset” membership in Inter-Parliamentary Union in Light of Racist Laws] Press Release: BDS Logo “Prawer Plan” to uproot and dispossess indigenous Bedouin-Palestinian Communities in the Naqab (Negev) is latest definitive evidence of the colonial nature of Zionism […]

Israeli government hid map of Prawer plan from Bedouins and Knesset

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Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing See the Prawer Plan map Israel’s government was keeping secret 972mag 9 Dec by Michael Omer-Man — Former minister Benny Begin, who helped draft the Prawer Plan, denies saying Israel’s Bedouin support the plan: How could they if they never even saw it? — Until now, […]

Judaisation vs Justice: Israel’s war on the Bedouin proves 1948 settled nothing

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As United States envoys shuttle back and forth in search of a peace formula to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a matter supposedly settled decades ago is smouldering back into life. In what was billed as a “day of rage” last month, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest against a plan to uproot […]

Shared values: Likud member says Prawer Plan akin to what ‘Americans did to the Indians’

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The U.S. and Israeli governments love to hype how both countries share the same “values.” AIPAC has a whole webpage dedicated to the “progressive values [Israel] shares with America.” I guess they won’t be mentioning these shared values: “You want to transfer an entire population,” MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash) said. Committee chairwoman MK Miri Regev […]

Margaret Atwood signs on to Canadian letter opposing Palestinian evictions

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Yesterday we posted a letter from more than 70 Canadian writers calling on Israel and Canadian leaders to stop the eviction and relocation of several Palestinian communities in the West Bank and the Negev. The letter is gathering speed. Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and John Ralston Saul (Voltaire’s Bastards) have signed on too. From […]

Lessons in desert blooming

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“This life as a simple citizen and laborer has its benefits not only for the person himself but perhaps also for his country. After all, there is room for only one Prime Minister, but for those who make the desert bloom there is room for hundreds, thousands and even millions” – David Ben Gurion, 1954 […]

The Desert of Israeli Democracy: A trip through the Negev Desert leads to the heart of Israel’s national nightmare

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From the podium of the U.N. General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seamlessly blended frightening details of Iranian evildoing with images of defenseless Jews “bludgeoned” and “left for dead” by anti-Semites in nineteenth century Europe. Aimed at U.S. and Iranian moves towards diplomacy and a war-weary American public, Netanyahu’s gloomy tirade threatened to cast him as […]

As state nears Bedouin relocation plan, protests in Israel, West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem

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Palestinians and Israelis protesting in Beersheva against the Prawer-Begin Plan, which will transfer 30,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel to other villages in the Negev. (Photo: Allison Deger) From the onset there was opposition to the Prawer Plan. When it first sank into law by a narrow vote, the plan to remove Bedouin-Palestinians from the Negev […]

Joint List leads march to Jerusalem demanding recognition and equal rights for Bedouin

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There are still a few weeks before head of the Joint List Ayman Odeh begins his first term in Israel’s parliament, yet he has already led a protest across the country. This past weekend Odeh led the “March for Recognition” with hundreds of Bedouins who live in unrecognized villages. The 130 kilometer trek from the southern Negev desert to Jerusalem officially ended on President Reuven Rivlin’s doorstep Sunday afternoon.