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Activists hold 'day of rage' protests against Prawer Plan

+972′s live blog follows November 30 ‘Day of Rage’ protests against the Prawer-Begin Plan, which if  implemented, will forcefully displace tens of thousands of Bedouin living in the Negev desert.

By Activestills, +972 Magazine staff

Protesters against the Prawer Plan at Day of Rage protests outside the Negev town of Hura, November 30, 2013. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Bedouin, Palestinian and Israeli activists staged a ‘Day of Rage’ against the Prawer Plan Saturday afternoon, holding rallies and protests throughout Israel and Palestine, with international solidarity protests taking place in cities across the world.

The central protest took place outside the Bedouin town of Hura in the Negev desert. Over 1,000 Arab and Jewish protesters arrived from all over Israel, calling to stop the Prawer Plan, which if passed, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin, who are citizens of the state.

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Protesters were met by dozens of armored and mounted riot police who confined the protest in a barricaded area tens of meters back from the main road.

Both sides brought horses. Mounted riot police wearing body armor and transposed next to Bedouin boys on horses at the protest outside Hura in the Negev, November 30, 2013. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Children fly kites at the demonstration against the Prawer Plan during November 30th’s Day of Rage protest outside Hura in the Negev, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Protesters outside the town of Hura in the Negev, protesting against the Prawer Plan, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Younger protesters attempted to breach the police barricades but elder demonstrators, including several Arab members of Knesset, pleaded with them and for a while prevented them from doing so.

Clashes eventually broke out and police used tear gas, foul-smelling water cannons and mounted, undercover and uniformed riot police officers to disperse the crowd. As youth threw stones, riot police charged into the crowd, arresting at least 15 activists, including at least one child (will update as numbers come in). Clashes continued for some time as Bedouin youth blocked the main road with burning tractor tires.

Israeli Police arrest a protester outside the town of Hura in the Negev, where a large demonstration took place against the Prawer Plan, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Bedouin youth block the main road outside the Negev town of Hura, where a large demonstration took place against the Prawer Plan, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Bedouin youth burn a police trailer following clashes that ended a protest against the Prawer Plan in the Negev town of Hura, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

UPDATE (7:40 p.m.): Police were reportedly using rubber-coated steel bullets to push the remaining protesters who were still blocking the main road back into the town of Hura, arresting four. Other protesters made their way to a Negev police station where they were demanding the release of those who were arrested.

Police arrest Bedouin youths as they pushed the remaining protesters back into the town of Hura. Youth had blocked the main road for hours after a protest against the Prawer Plan, November 30, 2013. (Photo: Activestills.org)

In the West Bank, several dozen protesters marched from Ramallah toward the encroaching settlement of Beit El. Settlement security officers fired live ammunition in the air and Israeli soldiers used tear gas to drive the protesters back toward the Jalazoun refugee camp. Three Palestinian protesters were arrested and reportedly beaten by the soldiers.

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An activist is arrested by Israeli forces during a Day Of Rage protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan in front of the Israeli settlement Beit El, Al Jalazun, West Bank, November 30, 2013. (Photo: Activestills.org)

In the Gaza Strip, roughly 100 people gathered in Palestine Square (al-Saha) to protest the plan to displace Bedouin in the adjacent Negev desert.

Isra Almodallal, spokeswoman for the Palestinian government in Gaza, addresses a rally in Palestine Square (al-Saha), Gaza City, November 30, 2013. The event is part of a global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan. (Photo: Joe Catron)

Elsewhere, solidarity protests took place in Berlin, London, Rome, Istanbul and Belgium.

Activists stage a bicycle protest in the center of Brussels, Belgium, as part of a global Day of Rage against the Prawer Plan, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

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Protests in Haifa and Jerusalem began at around 4:30 p.m. local time. Around 100 people gathered at Herod’s Gate (Bab a-Zahara), where Israeli border police awaited them.

Update (8 p.m.): Police reported that 15 people were arrested in Haifa and that a police officer was stabbed and lightly wounded.

Police deploy a water canon against anti-Prawer Plan protesters in Haifa, November 30, 2013. (Photo: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

Activists demonstrate against the Prawer Plan at Herod’s Gate in East Jerusalem, November 30, 2013. The Prawer Plan, if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Activists are blocked by Israeli police during a Day Of Rage protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan, Bab A-Zahara (Herod’s Gate), East Jerusalem November 30, 2013.

Update (9:20 p.m.): Dozens gather at Jaffa’s Clock Tower to protest against the arrests of demonstrators across the country. Approximately 30 demonstrators were arrested in the Negev protest, all of whom are still in police custody. The three Palestinians arrested in the Ramallah demonstration have been released.

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  • COMMENTS

    1. Kolumn9

      30,000 to be displaced and less than a thousand show up for a protest, including the usual couple of hundred extreme left and Arab ‘activists’. Looks like this is more of an issue adopted and hyped up by the usual anti-Israel crowd than something that is actually organically protested by the Bedouin that will be impacted. How boring and predictable.

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      • Ya’ll go home and have some watermelon–hear? Go nice, go nice.

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      • Dog Day

        It is boring…the stupid brutality, the oppression by those with guns against those without arms, the boring sequence of children being hauled away by helmeted police. Boring boring, but good media and we will win more worldwide sympathy for Palestine.

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    2. David T,

      It not only takes a lot of courage for Arabs to protest in Israel (remember he Land Day massacre?), but also for Jews.

      One day not only these brave Arab, but also these brave Jews will be remembered like anyone else who fought for real coexistence, equality and justice in states who openly declare that they are not states for all of their citizens and that their regime would dissolve, if they were.

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      • Kolumn9

        Indeed. It takes a lot of courage to attack police with Molotov cocktails.

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      • Samuel

        “One day not only these brave Arab, but also these brave Jews will be remembered like anyone else who fought for real coexistence, equality and justice in states who openly declare that they are not states for all of their citizens and that their regime would dissolve, if they were.”

        Which day will that be David? The day that the Arabs would take over, murder many Jews and would expel the rest? Like some promise even on this site? And many openly say so even today, like Hamas?

        No, David, that day will never come. But pray David that you haters won’t achieve success beyond your own and our expectations. Because that day would be a calamity to all in the Middle East and even beyond. Because we the Jews of Israel will never allow ourselves be dominated again and become persecuted slaves. Never, David, have you heard the words never again? Heed those words for your own good and the good of everyone else.

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        • David T.

          “Which day will that be David? The day that the Arabs would take over, murder many Jews and would expel the rest?”

          No, the day when everybody stops “taking over”, “murdering” and “expelling”, especially Zionists.

          “But pray David that you haters won’t achieve success beyond your own and our expectations.”

          The only one who is full of hate is you Samuel. You are so full of it that you even need to project it unto others to ease yourself.

          “…, David, have you heard the words never again?”

          Yes, but contrary to the rest of humanity who thinks that this should not happen ever again in history to anyone, Jewish racist think that it is ok, as long as Jews are not the victims, right?

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          • Samuel

            SAMUEL:“…, David, have you heard the words never again?”

            DAVIDT:”Yes, but contrary to the rest of humanity who thinks that this should not happen ever again in history to anyone, Jewish racist think that it is ok, as long as Jews are not the victims, right?”

            Once again with your polemics right David? You are claiming that Israel is perpetuating atrocities on the same scale as the Nazis did against the Jews?

            If you are, then there is only one word to describe you. You are obscene.

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    3. Richard Witty

      A tragedy that “day of rage” was used as moniker.

      An important civil rights issue now dismissable.

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    4. CigarButNoNice

      Proof positive, by way of a preview, that ethnically cleansing Judea and Samaria of its Jewish population, far from bringing peace, would only move the focus of the conflict to Israel’s “international borders.”

      It’s about Arab colonialist land-robbers denying the Jews’ right to the Land of Israel. ‘Twas ever so. Israel’s concessions of land do nothing but spur the Arabs to keep on with their imperialist aggression.

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      • David T.

        “… that ethnically cleansing Judea and Samaria of its Jewish population, far from bringing peace, would only move the focus of the conflict to Israel’s “international borders.”

        They can stay as Palestinian citizens, but not as illegal immigrants from another state.

        “It’s about Arab colonialist land-robbers denying the Jews’ right to the Land of Israel. ‘Twas ever so. Israel’s concessions of land do nothing but spur the Arabs to keep on with their imperialist aggression.”

        Maybe in the Kahane continuum, but in this universe it’s about ‘Jewish colonialists and land robbers’ who are denying Bedouins and Arabs the right to this land.

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        • Samuel

          “They can stay as Palestinian citizens, but not as illegal immigrants from another state.”

          LOL. We will stay. The land will be part of Israel. Period. And there is nothing the likes of you can do about it. Lappish, David?

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        • CigarButNoNice

          All Jews are legal to return to residence in the Land of Israel, regardless of their place of immediate extraction and the color of their skin, hair and eyes, no matter what racist neo-Nazi anti-Zionists (apologies for the redundancy) think about that.

          All Arabs on the Land of Israel are illegal settler-colonist land thieves and will have to evacuate their stolen holdings for there to be just and viable peace. No peace without justice!

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    5. Stan Squires

      I am from vancouver,canada and there was an activity here in vancouver concerning the Prawer Plan.Eva Bartlett spoke at the event. She is well know in Gaza.It is good that there are activities in many parts of the world concerning the barbaric Prawer Plan.All progressive people in the world should fight against the Prawer Plan.This is israeli apartheid at its worst.

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