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Prawer Plan to displace Bedouin

Tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel live in “unrecognized” villages. Because the Israeli government does not recognize their claims to the lands they live on, they do not receive basic services such as connections to water lines and the power grid.

According to the plan, which the government did not widely consult the Bedouin community on when drafting, nearly all residents the unrecognized villages will be evicted and forcibly relocated to planned communities. Some — mainly in the triangle between Ksseifa, Dimona and Be’er Sheva — will be recognized by the state and services will presumably be normalized. Many of the “unrecognized” villages predate the state, while others are populated with internally displaced peoples from other parts of the Negev from 1948.

The Bedouin, Palestinian-Israeli political and civic groups and the Israeli Right oppose the plan. Community leaders are vowing to resist its implementation, which would be the largest displacement of a Palestinian population by Israel in decades.

+972 is reporting on the plan as it develops.

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