Yes, this is almost the first article dealing in details of the plan, which has not yet been published. There was a press conference in April where Shlomo Lecker talked of the plan, and BIMKOM presented a powerpoint presentation with the maps (including the one above), but very little was written about it until the plan, presumably, goes public. Amira wrote in January something that referred to it slightly, and then in February she broke the story with a focus on a recently demolished Bedouin community further north in the Jordan Valley: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-dismantles-arab-tent-communities-in-west-bank-leaving-residents-to-face-the-elements.premium-1.501015
More recently, Maariv wrote about the plan saying that the settlers opposed it (Arutz Sheva of course covered that, too) which led to the plan’s suspension by the Minister himself, who said he didn’t know enough about it. Amira covered that, too: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/it-s-not-just-settlers-who-oppose-israel-s-plan-to-relocate-bedouin-in-west-bank.premium-1.524176
Now the Minister of Defence, Ya’alon, has said that the plan will indeed go ahead. On Mondoweiss you have our recent talking points at the UN (http://mondoweiss.net/2013/05/feature-refugees-expelled.html), which refer to the fact that the plan is totally unsuitable and utterly rejected by the Bedouin themselves. And that if they are moved, it will be the end of their traditional lifestyle or identity as Bedouin. Able to deal, for example, with the increasing desert conditions of global warming, or to teach us non-Bedouin how to live in desert. To quote more of our talking points to the UN last week:
6. We seek increased political will on this issue by the international community, as to its third state responsibility to protect civilians under occupation, including our full human rights. Without such increased political will, violence is more likely and the transfer will go ahead.
7. It is urgent to stop the plans now, before they are published and irreversible. This is a slippery slope, the Supreme Court will not rule in favour of us Bedouin, so it is imperative that maximum political pressure be applied NOW to stop the plan’s progress.
8. The settlers in neighbouring Kfar Adumim include the current Minister of Housing, Uri Ariel. The displacement plan is being pursued by those senior in the government with a policy to take over the lands of Al Khan al Ahmar: in Israel there is now (according to Haaretz newspaper) a “settler government”.
9. Any forced displacement (a grave breach of the Geneva Convention, a probable war crime and possible crime against humanity according to a Diakonia legal opinion) will be our final displacement as practicing Bedouin. This will put an end to our traditional lifestyle, herding livelihood and ability to live in desert independently.
10. If there are grave breaches and war crimes, we will demand full transparency and accountability against specific Israeli generals responsible.
11. As the planet heats up increasingly fast, desert is fast advancing: the Negev Desert, our homeland, and neighbouring Sinai Desert where our fellow Bedouin tribes live, as two regional examples. Citizens of the world, and future generations, need our peoples’ wisdom. The world community needs to protect, preserve and respect Bedouin indigenous knowledge, learned over thousands of years, as to how to live in desert extremes with grace and independence and love. This rush to grab our desert land and to “civilise” us, is a foolish, arrogant, blind act of wanton ignorance. If the nations of the world cannot even unite to protect and respect our knowledge, our wisdom, how shall we all cope with overheating of Mother Earth?