Government approves plan that could displace thousands of Bedouin from their homes.
Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved the Law for Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev (known as the “Prawer-Begin Plan”). The plan includes forced relocation of thousands of Bedouin from the unrecognized villages, some of them predating the state. Several rights groups, among them the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Adalah have expressed strong opposition to the plane.
According to Attorney Rawia Aburabia of ACRI: “Today the government approved a plan that will cause the displacement and forced eviction of dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Bedouin residents, dispossessing them of their property and historical rights to their lands, destroying the social fabric of their communities, and sealing the fate of thousands of families into poverty and unemployment.”