Palestinian civil society calls for escalating BDS to Stop Israel’s racist Prawer Plan, urges Inter-Parliamentary Union to suspend Knesset’s membership

 

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, strongly endorses the demonstrations taking place today across Palestinian cities and around the world today to oppose Israel’s racist and colonial Prawer Plan.

Already official Israeli government policy and approved by the Israeli parliament (Knesset), the Prawer Plan aims to achieve the ethnic cleansing of up to 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their ancestral land in the Naqab (Negev) desert in the south of the state of Israel that they have owned for generations. The plan would also lead to the wholesale demolition of their homes and communities in order to make way for Jewish-only settlements in the area.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins live in villages that predate the Israeli state but are still “unrecognized” by the state and accordingly denied basic health, water, electric, educational and sanitation services.[1]

A calculated and premeditated plan to sever the historical ties that bind Bedouin Palestinian communities to their land, the Prawer Plan reveals once again the colonial nature of Zionism and the apartheid character of the Israeli state. Israel today insists on maintaining an exclusionary “Jewish identity”, affording indigenous Palestinians living in Israel an inferior status and subjecting them to systematic discrimination, racist laws[2] and forced population transfer.

Just as Apartheid South Africa sought to strip black South Africans of their lands and concentrate them into Bantustans, Israel today hopes to concentrate the Palestinian Bedouin into government-approved poverty-stricken townships.

The Prawer Plan is in clear violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It constitutes forced population transfer, which is defined as a crime against humanity and as an inhuman act of apartheid under the 2002 Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court.[3]

We salute those taking part in today’s Day of Rage and demonstrating across historical Palestine today to resist this latest wave of Israel’s ongoing Nakba (catastrophe) against the Palestinians. We also warmly greet those international campaigners that are holding solidarity demonstrations across more than 15 countries.[4]

Israel’s willful system of colonisation and apartheid is implemented by the Israeli government and approved by the Israeli parliament (Knesset). Given the refusal of the Israel to heed the condemnations of the Prawer Plan[5] and its countless other violations of basic Palestinian rights, we urge governments and parliaments across the world to take effective punitive measures against Israel and its complicit institutions, similar to those applied to apartheid South Africa, as a non-violent means to pressure Israel to comply with basic standards of human rights and international law.

We urge the Inter-Parliamentary Union to suspend the membership of the Knesset until it repeals all of Israel’s racist, discriminatory laws and until it votes to oppose the Prawer Plan. Through its approval and support for the Prawer Plan, the Knesset has once again shown that its actions are inconsistent with the objectives of the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union principles that uphold equality and human rights.

The global grassroots movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is becoming increasingly well supported and effective in challenging the international support upon which Israeli impunity hinges. We urge civil society organisations and people of conscience to join us in building the international boycott of Israel, in a context-sensitive, gradual and sustainable manner, as the appropriate, moral and effective response to Israel’s on-going system of apartheid, occupation and colonisation.

(Source / 30.11.2013)

Blijven werken aan een onafhankelijke Palestijnse staat

Ramallah – In een toespraak heeft president Abbas gezegd:  “We zullen blijven werken tot de oprichting van een onafhankelijke Palestijnse staat met Jeruzalem als hoofdstad.”

Ter gelegenheid van de eerste verjaardag van de voltooiing van de historische toetreding van Palestina  tot een organisatie van de VN, heeft de president van de Staat Palestina Mahmoud Abbas de belofte aan het Palestijnse volk en de Arabische natie gedaan om intensief te werken aan de hoop van het Palestijnse volk, nl. het bereiken van een vrij en waardig Palestina met Jeruzalem als hoofdstad, waar de Palestijnse vlag gehesen kan worden.
Hij voegde er aan toe geen jota terug te nemen van de Palestijnse eisen en dat hij geen enkel vredesakkoord zal ondertekenen wat niet zal voldoen aan de aspiraties van het Palestijnse volk. Abbas bedoelde hier mee: een onafhankelijke Palestijnse staat met de grenzen van 1967, Oost-Jeruzalem als de hoofdstad en het oplossen van het vluchtelingenprobleem in overeenstemming met het Arabische vredesinitiatief.

De voorzitter bracht hulde aan het Palestijnse volk in het thuisland en in de diaspora om hun standvastigheid en strijd en de voortdurende strijd om hun hoop te realiseren.

Het nieuwe soevereiniteit verdrag werkt aan de vrijlating van alle gevangenen en gedetineerden, wat vastgelegd gaat worden in een vredesakkoord wat in de nabije toekomst ondertekend gaat worden.

(Vertaald van WAFA 28/11/2013 / 30.11.2013)

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Israeli police attack anti-Prawer protests with tear gas, water cannons

Israeli occupation forces attack a Palestinian protester after a demonstration against the so-called Prawer plan at the gate of the Beit El settlement, near Ramallah, on November 30, 2013.

Israeli police on Saturday attacked thousands of protesters in the coastal city of Haifa and the desert village of Houra demonstrating against a draft law aimed at evicting Bedouin residents from the southern Negev.

Protests against the so-called Prawer bill – which would forcibly evict up to 40,000 Bedouins, demolish about 40 villages and confiscate more than 700,000 dunams of Negev land – also took place in the West Bank, Gaza and across at least 14 other countries.

The draft legislation of the bill was adopted by Israel’s parliament in a first reading in June but it has to pass two more readings before it becomes law.

Haifa was brought to a standstill as police fired stun grenades and water cannons at hundreds of youths who blocked a main thoroughfare and chanted: “With our souls and blood we will defend you, Palestine!”

Over 1,000 demonstrated in Houra in the Negev desert where police attacked protesters with tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons.

Police fire water cannons at protesters in Haifa on November 30, 2013.

Witnesses said several demonstrators had been injured. An Israeli police spokesman said at least 28 people had been arrested in Haifa and Houra.

Protesters said they have appealed plans by Israel to evict them from their homes.

“People who have no land do not exist. We have been living here since before the creation of the state of Israel (1948),” said 70-year-old demonstrator Maqbul Saraya in Houra.

“We have submitted a complaint to the court but we feel that democracy and justice in Israel do not apply to us,” he said.

“We were here before Israel. What they’re doing in the Negev is what they’ve done to us all along,” Haneen Zoabi, an Arab member of parliament, told Reuters at the Haifa protest.

“It may pass a vote, but the youth here and in the Negev will resist democratically in any way possible, and stop them,” she added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the protests.

“The attempts of a boisterous and violent minority to deny a better future for a large population are grave. We will continue to promote this law for the better future that it will provide for all the Negev’s citizens,” Netanyahu said.

Israel says it will compensate many of the Bedouins with a combination of land and cash, and “bring them into the 21st century” by significantly improving their standard of living, according to a government-sponsored report on the draft.

The government agency in charge of the Prawer Plan, based in the prime minister’s office, also condemned the protests which were organized by “extremists.”

“Extremists, many of whom are not Bedouin, chose to divert the open debate about a purely social and humanitarian cause into a confrontation, falsely linked to the Palestinian issue,” it said in a statement.

But Medhat Diab, a young Arab activist from a town outside Haifa wearing the traditional Palestinian scarf, said the Bedouin and Palestinian causes were linked.

“Our ID says we’re Israeli but our identity is Palestinian,” he said. “My generation sees that there’s no justice or equality for Arabs, just taking more and more of our land.”

(Source / 30.11.2013)

Uitspraken om over na te denken deel 2

By Marianna Laarif

  •  “Hoe meer een dienaar zich inspant in het verkrijgen van leiding en het uitnodigen naar Allah, hoe meer de dwazen zich zullen inspannen om hem te verleiden.”
  • “Wanneer men een daad perfectioneert, zal dit hem zwaar vallen.”
  • “Het verkwisten van tijd, zal het licht der toezicht doden.”
  • “Het uitstellen van Tawbah is een zonde waarvoor Tawbah verricht moet worden.”
  • “Het verrichten van Tawbah druist in tegen hetgeen waar de ziel naar uitnodigt en geeft gehoor aan de oproeper naar de waarheid.”
  • “Er bestaat consensus onder de metgezellen over het feit dat eenieder die Allah ongehoorzaam is, onwetend is.”
  • “Onderwerping is de kern, het ziel en het brein van al-Oeboediyyah (Allahs Alleenrecht op aanbidding).”
  • “Tot de beloning van leiding behoort de leiding die daaruit voortvloeit. En tot de bestraffing van dwaling behoort de dwaling die daaruit voortvloeit.”
  • “De schepselen zullen over twee zaken gevraagd worden: “Wie aanbaden jullie?” en “Hebben jullie gehoor gegeven aan de oproep van de boodschappers?”
  • “Hoogmoed van de mensen van dwaling en verwarring, zal de waarheid niet afweren.”
  • “Hypocrisie heeft twee voedingsbodems: liegen en Riyaa’ (pronken). Hypocrisie uit zich vervolgens in twee zaken: zwakte in inzicht en in vastberadenheid.”
  • “Ibn Taymiyah heeft gezegd: “Wie het eeuwige geluk wenst, dient zich te houden aan de drempel van al-‘Oeboediyah.”
  • “Het volgen van de begeerten weerhoudt je ervan om profijt te ondervinden van een vermaning.”
  • “Geluk in het wereldse en het Hiernamaals zit hem in het vastklampen aan Allah en Zijn Koord.”
  • “Hoe dichter een dienaar bij zijn Heer staat, hoe meer hij zich met Hem zal bezighouden.”

Israel’s Bedouin eviction plan opposed

 

Thousands expected to take part in Day of Rage events against policy of resettling Bedouin of southern Negev desert.

Israel’s Prawer-Begin plan to destroy 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev is expected to pass later this year
Thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate during a Day of Rage against an Israeli government plan that would evict up to 40,000 Bedouin citizens from their homes and force them into impoverished townships.

The Israeli government’s Prawer-Begin plan, officially known as the Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev, will move the Bedouin from so-called unrecognised villages into government-planned towns, where poverty is high and services are few.

The main protest was to be held near the Bedouin township of Hura on Saturday afternoon, while other demonstrations were planned in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and in several cities across Europe, North America and the Middle East.

“The government is trying to present the plan as ‘in the best interest of the Bedouin’, while with one hand it is acting to destroy Bedouin villages… and with the other it is building new Jewish localities in the Negev, some of these in the very same places where the [Bedouin] villages stand today,” Huda Abu-Obeid, a Bedouin activist, said in a statement.

About 200,000 Bedouin currently live in the country’s southern Negev desert.

Half of those live in seven crowded Israeli townships, while the other half live in 35 villages, which lack basic services such as running water, electricity, paved roads or schools.

Israel says these villages are illegal, accusing the Bedouin of a conducting a land grab in the Negev.

The government says its proposal aims to modernise the Bedouin, and improve their quality of life. It says it has earmarked $340m – to be spread over the next five years – to support the community’s development.

“The idea is to … better integrate Jews and Bedouins; to bring many more Bedouins to our work force; to employ and educate many more women for employment; and to build new communities; and to expand some of the current communities and make them modern,” Doron Almog, a retired Israeli army general charged with implementing the government’s plan, told Al Jazeera in August.

But critics say the plan fails to recognise Bedouin land claims and ignores the community’s needs.

“You cannot uproot an entire population and urbanise it without consultation – and that is precisely what the government is doing,” said Fadi El-Obra, a resident of Rahat, the largest government-planned Bedouin town in the Negev.

The plan has been condemned internationally.

‘Systematic discrimination’

A group of 50 public figures in Britain signed a letter, published in the UK’s Guardian newspaper on Friday, opposing the plan as a means of “systematic discrimination and separation”.

Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in July that she was “alarmed” by the proposal.

She said it would “accelerate the demolition of entire Bedouin communities, forcing them to give up their homes, denying them their rights to land ownership, and decimating their traditional cultural and social life in the name of development”.

The Prawer-Begin bill passed a first reading in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in June 2013, and is currently being discussed in the government’s Interior Affairs and Environment Committee.

The bill is expected to be brought up for second and third readings in the Knesset before becoming law by the end of the year.

The demonstrations on Saturday are the third in a series of coordinated, one-day actions against the plan.

“We, the Palestinians in Israel, are taking responsibility of our rights, our future and our self-determination… not by the Israeli institutions but in the streets, not as Israeli citizens but as a united people beside [Palestinians in the] West Bank and Gaza,” Majd Kayyal, a Palestian activist from Haifa who organised protests on Saturday, told Al Jazeera.

“The confiscation of 50 percent of the lands that we own inside Israel is a war declaration,” he said.

(Source / 30.11.2013)

Muslim voters hold the key as Rajasthan goes to polls

A swing of even 2.5% can prove fatal as was the case in 2008; state’s 9-11% Muslim voters expected to vote differently in different regions

The electoral battleground is set in Rajasthan; more than four crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise for 199 assembly seats on Sunday.

The fate of 2,087 candidates, including chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state BJP chief Vasundhara Raje will be sealed in a tight battle, where the BJP is viewed as having a discernible edge over the ruling Congress due to proper candidate selection, united leadership and campaign strategy. Polling in Churu Assembly constituency, from where nine candidates are contesting, has been postponed to December 13, following the death of BSP candidate Jagdish Meghwal.

The State has 200 Assembly seats. In 2008, the Congress won 96 seats or 36.82 per cent of the vote, compared to the BJP’s 78 seats or 34.27 per cent of the vote. In the arid state, a mere 2.5 per cent swing means a difference of 20-25 seats.

According to state election commission records, among the 2,087 candidates, only 166 are women while one is a eunuch. The Congress and the BJP have fielded 200 candidates each, BSP has 195, the CPI(M) has 38, CPI has 23 and the NCP has 16. Other parties are fielding 666 candidates while 758 Independents are going it alone across the state, including in Churu Assembly constituency. Among the major parties, the Congress has fielded 31 new faces, 19 ministers and 29 sitting MLAs.

The Congress is betting on rural areas, where chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s social welfare schemes, worth Rs 5,000 crore, have been extremely popular. The BJP, however, is using inflation, price rise, mis-governance at the Centre as planks to woo voters. It is also banking on the charisma of its prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi to lure urban and young voters. For Muslims, the face of Vasundhara Raje is perceived to be a secular and moderate face in the BJP.

Over the past two years, Gehlot has showered social schemes, including free medicines, across the board old-age pension, free medicine for cattle, cycles for girl child, laptops to Class 8 toppers in all schools, construction of hostels for girls from minority communities and subsidised rations. But his election managers concede that a strong disconnect between the central Congress leadership and the ground realities is costing the party heavily, even though they have been effectively countering the Modi effect.  “A message has gone around on the ground that even if the Congress wins, Gehlot will not return as the chief minister,” one of his election managers told dna. “His (chief minister’s) hands are tied and baring the first list of 70 candidates, he was ignored and overruled in most other choices for candidate selection,” said one of Gehlot’s aides.

In Bhilware, in the state’s Mewar region in the northern tip, Muslims – core Congress voters – are getting increasingly angry with CP Joshi, who, it is believed will be made the next chief minister if the Congress wins. Joshi represents this seat in the Lok Sabha.

Disenchanted with the Congress and the fear of Modi, Muslims who constitute between 9-11 per cent are voting differently in different regions. In Sawai Madhopur, they may go with the BJP to ensure defeat for Dr Kirodhi Lal Meena, who is leading a third force, eating into the votes of both the major parties. Muslims in this region are enraged with him for his role in the murder of a Muslim police inspector Phool Mohammad.

In Shekhawati and Marwar regions, Muslims are favouring the BJP, largely because of its selection of Muslim faces and somewhat moderate Hindu candidates. But in Jaipur district, Muslims are going to vote for the Congress en block for want of an alternative.

In Hadoti region, which includes Rajasthan’s educational hub Kota, Muslims are moving out of the Congress fold slowly but progressively. Here, a large section of Muslims is seen as moving to Dr Kirodhi Lal Meena’s Rashtriya Jan Party even as some others are favouring the newly emerging Social Democratic Party of India.  The Social Democratic Party of India’s candidate in Kota (North), Mohammad Shafi, has brought in the open the disillusionment of the Muslim community with the Congress and their fear to side with the BJP.

A large number of Muslims in Jhalawar district have moved to the BJP due to the efforts and image of Vasundhara Raje. Incidentally, Amin Pathan, BJP’s minority morcha chief, hails from Kota, and was a strong contender for a party ticket from Kota (North) constituency. The BJP minority morcha had sought 10 tickets for Muslims. The BJP gave tickets to just four, of who are in close contests in their respective constituencies.

In Ramganj Mandi, Muslim voters are divided almost equally between the Congress and the BJP. This constituency, which also has two wards of Kota city, has around 24,000 Muslim voters. This division and support among the Muslims has made this constituency a safe one for the BJP’s Chandra Kanta Meghwal, who is also the sitting MLA. Similarly, in Chhabda constituency, a large number of Muslims are swaying to the BJP and the Rashtriya Jan Party in almost equal numbers.

After a whirlwind tour of Rajasthan that involved interaction with a large section of the state’s population, it appears that Muslim voters, who can tilt scales in as many as 50 seats, are beginning to complaint about the Congress; the party uses us as vote banks and parachutes candidates, who have no connection with the community, they state. “The Congress anoints Muslims in order to show that it is secular and has concern for the community welfare. But most of these Congress Muslims are either silent or absent on Muslim issues. They are even discouraged, and even punished, for speaking on community issues,” a community leader told dna.

On the other hand, a view gathering in the community is that the Muslims with the BJP are vocal about the community’s issues. In Nagore and Deedwara, where BJP has fielded Muslim candidates, insiders tell dna that the candidates are free to raise Muslim issues in the party fora and are even able to exert pressure stating they represent the Muslim community in the party and that if the party really needs support from Muslims, it will have to hear and address their issues.

This begs a larger question on whether Muslims can join the BJP in large numbers despite the party’s Hindutva ideology and Modi’s presence? In public, the BJP’s Muslim workers defend and offer their own interpretation. In private, many agreed that that the Muslim community’s move toward the BJP cannot be increased substantially without the party coming clean on the ideological issue. It is for this reason only, they say, that Muslims overwhelmingly support the Congress.

(Source / 30.11.2013)

Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protesters In The Negev

[Saturday November 30, 2013] Israeli soldiers and police officers violently assaulted hundreds of nonviolent protesters marching, in the Negev, against the Prawer-Begin Negev displacement plan.

Saturday Negev Protest - Photo By Marwan A. Frieh - Facebook
Saturday Negev Protest

The Police, in full riot gear and mounted platoons, assaulted the peaceful protesters, an issue that led to clashes, while a number of youths threw stones at them. The Police detained a number of protesters, and chased dozens in the area.

The Maan News Agency has reported that at least a 100.000 Palestinians, Israeli and international peace activists, in addition to Arab Members of Knesset (Mk’s) Dr. Ahmad Tibi and Dr. Jamal Zahalka, participated in the protest.

Dr. Tibi said this massive protest comes to affirm that “the Prawer plan will not pass on the ground, even if it passes a Knesset vote”, explaining that Israel aims at displacing, and expelling, the indigenous Arab population from their homeland, to replace them with Jewish settlers, and shopping centers.

He said that, even if the government officially approves the plan, “the Palestinians should never respect it, and will continue protest it, as it is a racist law”, and added that he and various officials “are acting on the international level to expose this racist plan, and Israel’s illegitimate, racist, policies.”

On his part, Dr. Zahalka said that, by insisting on passing and implementing this plan, Israel puts itself in direct confrontation with the indigenous Arab and Palestinian inhabitants of the land, and held Tel Aviv fully responsible for the consequences.

He added that the Israeli government must stop the plan, stop trying to pass it at the Knesset, and should instead start negotiations with the residents in all Arab and Bedouin villages and communities in the Negev.

Various protests were held Saturday in Hebron and Ramallah, as well as several parts of the occupied West Bank, and several Palestinians were injured by army fire, and many have been detained.

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The Prawer-Begin Plan aims at illegally confiscating nearly a million Dunams of Arab – Bedouin land in the Negev, and the total destruction and removal of nearly 36 “unrecognized villages”, an issue that would lead to the displacement of nearly 100,000 persons.

By displacing the Arabs from the Negev, and the construction Malls and “Jewish-only” areas, Israel will be blocking any geographical contiguity between the Negev, Gaza and Sinai.

The plan, that passed the first reading, would also lead to the illegal annexation of more than 800.000 Dunams of Arab lands in the Negev.

(Source / 30.11.2013)

Israel detains 3 at anti-Prawer protest near Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians at a protest against the Prawer Plan near Ramallah on Saturday.

Protesters marched from the al-Bireh municipality near Ramallah towards the nearby Israeli settlement of Bet El.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and live bullets at protesters as they neared the settlement. No injuries were reported.

Of the detained, only Zaid al-Sha’bi was identified.

The demonstration is one of 24 protests against the Prawer Plan scheduled for Saturday worldwide.

The Israeli government approved the Prawer-Begin Plan in 2011, in what it says was an attempt to address the problem of unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the plan will forcibly evict nearly 40,000 Bedouin and destroy their communal and social fabric, condemning them to a future of poverty and unemployment.

Other estimates put the number of Bedouin residents to be evicted by the Prawer Plan at 70,000.

Israel refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house nearly 90,000 people.

The Israeli government denies them access to basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity and running water, and refuses to place them under municipal jurisdiction.

(Source / 30.11.2013)

Israeli army demolish a house in the Salfit village of Deir Ballut

The demolished house (photo by ISM).

The demolished house

On Thursday morning at five am, the Israeli army demolished a house under construction, and left the area before the owner Ghaneem Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Karim or other villagers were able to arrive at the scene. It is believed that the Israeli forces conduct these activities so early in the morning in order to avoid non violent resistance from the villagers. This was the first house to be demolished in Deir Ballut but there are over sixty houses that have been served demolition orders from the Israeli army.

The village is over five hundred years old, and within the Oslo Agreements the village was literally split between Area B and Area C. There are over a hundred and eighty houses that now fall within Area C and therefore are under threat of demolition. The inhabitants of Area C need permission from the Israeli government to even refurbish their houses, which is often impossible to get.

The majority of Deir Ballut, as with other villages in the area, is classified as Area C and is controlled by the occupation forces. Many villages in the Salfit area have lost land to settlement and to the construction of the separation wall. Deir Ballut has lost 2,000 dunums which was confiscated when Israel built the apartheid wall, and the intended reassignment of the separation barrier which is to be carried out in coming years will mean that the village will lose even more land and is surrounded by the wall.

As Deir Ballut’s population increases, families are forced to build in Area C, as is the case for the Al Karim family. The villagers are committed to continue constructing homes on their land, and to help Ghaneem and his family to rebuild their house.

Deir Ballut (to the left of the map) is in risk of being surrounded by the annexation wall. The red line is the wall today while the black marks the planned route (source: OCHA).

Deir Ballut (to the left of the map) is in risk of being surrounded by the annexation wall. The red line is the wall today while the black marks the planned route

(Source / 30.11.2013)

Prawer-Begin Plan Won’t Pass

Press Release – Palestinian Government
Prawer-Begin Plan Won’t Pass

We are here today to send a message of support to the ethnic cleansing-threatened Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab area in the south of the historic occupied Palestine.
We are gathering to voice our rejection of the discriminatory Prawer Plan, approved by the Israeli occupation government in September 2011 and passed the first Knesset reading in June 2013, for the mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community.
Israel occupation, under Prawer Plan, intends to destroy 35 Arab Bedouin villages, forcibly displace up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of it, and dispossess their historical lands in the Naqab, in a scenario replicating the 1948 Nakba.

Following the approval of the plan in 2011, the occupation government announced plans to displace over 10,000 people and plant forests, build military centers, and establish new settler houses in their place.

The Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing dates back to the early decades of Israel’s age. Prior to the foundation of Israel, 100,000 Palestinian Bedouin were living in the Naqab area. Following the 1948 Nakba, there were only about 11,000 Bedouin citizens that remained in the area.

Since then, the nascent state of the Israeli occupation has been considered the villages in Nakba “unrecognized” and, the inhabitants “trespassers on state land” In addition, the Palestinian Bedouin were prevented to access to basic services such as water, electricity, sewage, education, health care and roads.

We in the Palestinian Government invites the worlds government, Arab countries and the Untied nation to join the calls of the international community and human rights organization for cancelling the Israeli prawer plan, which grossly breaching the constitutional rights of the Arab Bedouin citizens to property, dignity, equality, equate housing, and freedom to choose their own residence, before it becomes law.

Today, we salute the Palestinian masses in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Diaspora and the freemen worldwide who are down the streets to protesting against the second chapter of Nakba.

(Facebook / 30.11.2013)