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Live blog: Protests across Israel/Palestine against Prawer Plan

Protests took place across Israel and Palestine Monday against the Prawer-Begin Plan, which if implemented, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel from their villages and homes in the Negev.

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Protests were planned in Beer Sheva in the morning. At 4 p.m., protests took place in Gaza City, Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus. In the late afternoon, demonstrations were held in Umm al-Fahm, Sakhnin and Jaffa. A protest in Jerusalem was scheduled to begin later in the evening.

In addition to the demonstrations, Palestinians activists and civil society groups called for a general strike to protest the Prawer-Begin Plan. Banks, local authorities and private businesses shuttered their doors in solidarity with the Bedouin.


Update (10:55 p.m.):

Clashes broke out at the Damascus Gate East Jerusalem demonstration against the Prawer Plan after police arrested a Palestinian youth. Stones were being thrown at police and cars in the area. At least three people were arrested and one police officer was reported to have been seriously injured.

Update (9:40 p.m.):

The protest against the Prawer Plan at Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem began a short while ago. Police forces were present.

Update (8:30 p.m.)

Over two dozen protesters were arrested throughout the country at demonstrations agains the Prawer-Begin Plan Monday. Eight police officers were lightly injured.

The protest in Jaffa dispersed without police interference after nearly two hours.

Some 200 protesters blocked Yefet Street in Jaffa as part of a protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan, July 15, 2013. (Activestills.org)

A final protest at East Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate was scheduled to take place at 9 p.m.

Update (6:37 p.m.):

In Jaffa, roughly 150 people gathered at the city’s Clock Tower Square and were blocking Yefet Street at the time of this report (see picture below).

150 people protested against the Prawer-Begin Plan in Jaffa’s Clock Tower Square, July 15, 2013. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Israeli riot police in Sakhnin were using tear gas and ‘skunk water’ trucks in an attempt to disperse the protest there after demonstrators blocked a main road. +972 received initial reports of 14 arrests and fields that were set alight by tear gas canisters.

A protester draped in a Palestinian flag walks past a field that caught fire in Sakhnin, July 15, 2013. (Photo: Irene Nasser)

At the demonstration in Ramallah, protesters attempted to march toward the adjacent Israeli settlement of Beit El but were being blocked by Palestinian Authority police.

Update (5:53 p.m.):

A second protest took place in Gaza against the Prawer-Begin Plan to displace Negev Bedouin Monday afternoon. Roughly 100 people gathered in the Unknown Soldier Square (al-Jundi Square) with signs and chants against the Prawer Plan and Israel.

Palestinians in Gaza’s al-Jundi Square demonstrate against the Prawer Plan, July 15, 2013. (Photo: Joe Catron)

Update: (5:40 p.m.):

Some 1,000 protesters were blocking an intersection in Sakhnin in protest of the Prawer Plan. Another protest started at the same time in Umm al-Fahm.

At protest against the Prawer Plan, Palestinian citizens of Israel block an intersection in Sakhnin, July 15, 2013. (Photo: Irene Nasser)

Update: (4:28 p.m.):

Several hundred Palestinians in Ramallah began marching in solidarity with Bedouin Palestinians in the Negev Monday afternoon. Similar protests took place earlier in the day in Beer Sheva and were scheduled to begin in cities across the West Bank and Israel.

Update (1:50 p.m.):

Several hundred Palestinians in Gaza City protested against the Prawer Plan outside the ICRC offices in the city Monday morning. The protest, which was associated with the PFLP, took place alongside a weekly vigil for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. A dedicated anti-Prawer protest was scheduled to take place later in the day in al-Jundi Square.

Protesters against the Prawer-Begin Plan outside the ICRC office in Gaza City, July 15, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)

Update (1:15 p.m.):
Police arrested a total of 14 people at the Beer Sheva protest against the Prawer Plan, civil rights group Adalah reported.

The following video appears to show the beginning of the arrests at the demonstration (around the 0:58 second mark):

Update (11:35 a.m.):
Police forcefully broke up the protest in Beersheva against the Prawer Plan, arresting around 10 people. More updates to come.

Israeli police arrest a protester against the Prawer Plan in Beer Sheva, July 15, 2013 (Activestills.org)

A protester injured by police at a demonstration against the Prawer Plan in Beersheba, July 15, 2013 (Activestills.org)

Update (11:00 a.m.):

Several hundred Bedouin, Palestinian and Israeli activists from around the country demonstrated in the Negev (Naqab) against the Prawer-Begin Plan late Monday morning. Large numbers of police and riot police were on the scene.

Hundreds of Bedouin and activists protest against the Prawer Plan in the Negev, July 15, 2013 (Activestills.org)

The plan, which recently passed its first reading in the Knesset, would lead to the eviction and displacement of tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel.

A Palestinian general strike was called in cities across Israel. Additional protests were set to take place in cities throughout Israel, the West Bank and Gaza later Monday.

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