PHOTO OF THE MONTH AND CALL TO ACTION

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 What is the Prawer Plan? 
On 24 June 2013, the Israeli Knesset approved the discriminatory Prawer-Begin Bill, with 43 votes for and 40 votes against, for the mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) desert in the south of Israel. If fully implemented, the Prawer-Begin Plan will result in the destruction of 35 “unrecognized”Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Naqab. Despite the Arab Bedouin community’s complete rejection of the plan and strong disapproval from the international community and human rights groups, the Prawer Plan is happening now.
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The Prawer-Begin Bill is an unacceptable proposition that entrenches the state’s historic injustice against its Bedouin citizens. Adalah and our NGO partners have been challenging the Prawer Plan before courts, government authorities and the international community, but we need your help to stop what would be the largest single act of forced displacement of Arab citizens of Israel since the 1950s!
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Please sign our petition and visit our Facebook page to find out what you can do to Stop the Prawer Plan!
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What is the Prawer Plan?
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Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, inhabitants of the Naqab (Negev) desert since the seventh century, are the most vulnerable community in Israel. For over 60 years, the indigenous Arab Bedouin have faced a state policy of displacement, home demolitions and dispossession of their ancestral land. Today, 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens live in 35 villages that either predate the establishment of the State in 1948, or were created by Israeli military order in the early 1950s. The State of Israel considers the villages “unrecognized” and the inhabitants “trespassers on State land,” so it denies the citizens access to state infrastructure like water, electricity, sewage, education, health care and roads. The state deliberately withholds basic services from these villages to “encourage” the Arab Bedouin citizens to give up their ancestral land. If Israel applied the same criteria for planning and development that exist in the Jewish rural sector, all 35 unrecognized villages would be recognized where they are.
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In September 2011, the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan, the brainchild of former Deputy Chair of the National Security Council, Mr. Ehud Prawer. The Prawer Plan will result in the destruction of the unrecognized villages and the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens. This plan was completed without consultation of the local community, and is a gross violation of the constitutional rights of the Arab Bedouin citizens to property, dignity, equality, adequate housing, and freedom to choose their own residence.
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Prawer is Happening Now
Despite complete rejection of the plan by the Arab Bedouin, and strong disapproval from the international community, Prawer is happening now. More than 1,000 houses were demolished in 2011 alone, and civil society observed the same practices in 2012.  Since Prawer was announced, the government announced plans that will displace over 10,000 people and plant forests, build military centers, and establish new Jewish settlements in their place.
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The Prawer Plan is today being turned into an Israeli law. On 6 May 2013, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved the proposed “Law for the Regulation of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev – 2013” (“the Prawer-Begin Bill”, after recommendations by Minister Benny Begin were included). On 24 June 2013, the Knesset approved the Prawer-Begin Bill with 43 votes for and 40 votes against. The bill will now be sent to the Committee for Interior Affairs and Environment to be prepared for the second and third readings.
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The international community has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the Prawer Plan. In March 2012, the UN Committee on the Elimination for Racial Discrimination called on Israel to withdraw the proposed implementing legislation of the Prawer Plan, on the grounds that it was discriminatory. In July 2012, the European Parliament passed a historic resolution calling on Israel to Stop the Prawer Plan and its policies of displacement, eviction, and dispossession. 
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6 Comments

  1. ladybat2 said,

    August 3, 2013 at 19:17

    Bless his heart for taking this stand! We should not forget those Jews who are trying like the rest of us to resist and oppose the crimes of the zionists.

  2. Redpossum said,

    August 4, 2013 at 01:22

    This is a terrible thing and as the story notes, the Bedouin have been systematically persecuted by the Zionists for 60 years now. So while this Prawer act deserves universal condemnation in the strongest terms, nobody has any excuse for claiming to be surprised by this.

    One issue that never seems to be addressed in stories on this subject is, what is the Zionist agenda for this territory, after the Bedouin have been forced off their ancestral land? Do they plan to create settlements there, or is this simply a dog-in-the-manger act of blind racist hatred?

  3. robertsgt40 said,

    August 4, 2013 at 01:54

    Israel, staying in character.

  4. PJ London said,

    August 4, 2013 at 10:36

    Er, .. Redpossum, whilst I deplore the action, I did at least read the article “and plant forests, build military centers, and establish new Jewish settlements in their place.”

  5. Big Ben said,

    August 4, 2013 at 12:38

    Ethnic cleansing at its finest. Israel has time and again has proven itself as despicable country.

  6. A.K SAMSON said,

    August 4, 2013 at 19:35

    It breaks the heart of every citizen of the world, Jews and Non-Jews alike to witness the activities of the Zionist element of the Israeli state of land grabbing.
    When in the name of humanity is this going to end? When, in their opinion, will the security of the state of Israel will be fully guaranteed?Tell the world, once and for all, WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU WANT? ENOUGH OF POLITICAL SEMANTICS.


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