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Demonstrators march in Tel Aviv against plan to uproot Bedouins

Some 1,000 people march through the streets of Tel Aviv Saturday evening in protest of the Prawer-Begin Plan, which will see the demolition of several dozen ‘unrecognized’ Bedouin villages in the Negev and the uprooting of at least 30,000 residents of those villages.

A Hadash party sign in Arabic and Hebrew: Equality (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

A Hadash party sign in Arabic and Hebrew: Equality (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

Alongside Tel Aviv residents, demonstrators were bused in from Arab villages and cities in the Galilee and the Negev to gather in Habima Square at sundown Saturday. The square was packed with local parents and their young children, who regularly play in the garden and who were drawn to the drums and the action of the protest. Many of the demonstrators were affiliated with Hadash, a few with Meretz and many more were politically unaligned. At 8 p.m. the procession started moving through some of central Tel Aviv’s main streets heading toward Likud’s headquarters on King George St. At one point eggs were thrown at protestors from a rooftop while other bystanders seemed supportive of the march.

March passing by Dizingof shopping mall in the heart of Tel Aviv (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

March passing by Dizengoff shopping mall in the heart of Tel Aviv (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

Speakers at the event said the state is planning a mass deportation of Bedouins from their homes while promoting the establishment of new Jewish villages and towns on the same land. They called upon the government to scratch the Prawer Plan and find a solution to problems in the Negev in a joint effort with and for the benefit of all its residents. The Prawer Plan bill is expected to be brought before the Knesset for a second of three votes in late October. Saturday’s demonstration was not covered by any of the main Israeli news sites and papers.

Demonstrator at the Anti-Prawer demonstration in Tel Aviv (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

Demonstrators at the Anti-Prawer demonstration in Tel Aviv (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

Related:
Plan to displace tens of thousands of Bedouin passes first Knesset vote
‘When I look at the Prawer Plan, I see another Nakba’

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    1. rsgengland

      Where are these Bedouin being deported to; possibly the moon or Jordan or Egypt or Xanxdu?
      Or maybe they are going to be resettled nearby in recognized new communities that will have all the services expected and necessary in this modern world of ours.
      Or would Israels detractors and enemies like to leave them in their primitive ‘shantytowns’ as showpieces of ethnic existence.
      Or maybe they want to keep these ‘showpiece shantytowns’ as sticks to beat Israel with [the most likely scenario].
      If Israel tries improve the lives of minorities, sections of the ‘left’ berate her.
      And if Israel leaves the minorities to live in ‘shantytowns’, sections of the ‘left’ berate her.
      Israel can’t win either way with the ‘left’, who by and large want to see the country destroyed.

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