In Pictures – Thousands demonstrate, strike against Prawer Report

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Sunday, 11 December 2011 14:23 Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Between 3000 and 4000 protesters gathered outside of the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem today to demonstrate against the Prawer Report–Israel’s plans to relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin from their homes in the Negev to impoverished townships. 


Bedouin and Palestinian citizens of Israel also held a general strike today, Sunday December 11, in protest of the state’s plans to expropriate Bedouin land, uprooting the residents. According to Ynet, Arab schools, “local authorities,” and Arab-owned businesses inside of Israel were closed.


On the same day, Israeli forces served the Bedouin residents of Wadi el Na’am with a 48-hour eviction notice. 


The Israeli cabinet approved the Prawer Report in September. The government estimates that between 20,000 to 30,000 Bedouin–all of whom are citizens of Israel–will be relocated. But human rights organizations say that as many as 45,000 Bedouin will be forced from their homes and sent to live in underdveloped cities in the south. 


Amnesty International condemned the plan, saying that it contradicts Israel’s international obligations to human rights. Thabet Abu Ras, director of the Negev Project at Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, likened it to a declaration of war against the Bedouin. 


In September, Knesset Member Talab al-Sana (United Arab List-Ta’al ) called the government’s announcement of the plan “a defining moment in the history of the Bedouin of the Negev.”


Some observers are concerned that an Israeli attempt to implement the plans outlined in the Prawer Report could lead to violent clashes between the Bedouin and the state. 


Representatives of the Bedouin community have said that they will appeal to the international community to stop the relocation. 

Tens of thousands of Bedouin live in “unrecognized” villages in the Negev. Because the state doesn’t acknowledge these places, the residents go without basic services like electricity, water, and education. 

In what some analysts consider the Israeli government’s “test case,” Israeli forces have demolished the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib over 30 times. The demolitions began in 2010. With the assistance of Israeli and international activists, the residents have rebuilt the village each time. 

Photos by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours; text by Mya Guarnieri

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Watch Caught on Camera: Ethnic Cleansing

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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