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Thousands to take part in global anti-Israel protest

Bedouin protesters gather during a demonstration against the Israeli government

Bedouin protesters gather during a demonstration against the Israeli government’s plans to relocate Bedouins in the Negev desert on August 1, 2013.
Thousands of people within the Palestinian territories and around the world are planning large-scale demonstrations against Israel’s plan to relocate Palestinian Bedouins living in Negev Desert.

The demonstration was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, in what the activists describe as the international Day of Rage against Tel Aviv’s Prawer Plan.

Under the plan, approved by Israel’s Knesset in June, some 40 Bedouin villages will be destroyed and over 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins living in Negev Desert will be relocated.

Demonstrations are expected to be held in 25 cities including Berlin, Cairo, Gaza, as well as in the occupied Palestinian territories. The central demonstration will be staged in Negev.

The plan also allows Israeli security forces to use force in the expulsion of Palestinian Bedouins from their homes.

It will also authorize the arrest and imprisonment of any Palestinian up to two years for violating the law.

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Bedouins in Israel Protest Plan to Regulate Settlement

JERUSALEM — Thousands of Bedouins and their supporters demonstrated in various locations across Israel on Saturday against a government plan to regulate Bedouin settlement in the Negev desert, and some protesters clashed with the police.

In scenes reminiscent of the Palestinian uprisings in the West Bank, protesters hurled stones at police forces, burned tires and blocked a main road for hours near the Bedouin town of Hura in the Negev. The police used water cannons, tear gas and sound grenades to disperse the demonstrators.

Smaller protests were held in the northern cities of Haifa and Taibeh and in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.

Altogether, about 15 police officers were injured by stones and at least 28 protesters were arrested, said Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman. One officer was stabbed in the leg in Haifa, Mr. Rosenfeld said.

Activists had called for the protests as part of an international “day of rage” against the plan, known as the Prawer-Begin plan for the Israeli officials who devised its main principles.

A bill that would turn the plan into law is expected to be brought to a final vote during the winter session of Parliament.

Intended to resolve a land dispute between the Bedouins and the authorities that has been simmering since the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948, the plan proposes a mechanism to deal with land ownership claims and compensation. It also calls for the evacuation of 35 Bedouin villages that are not recognized by the state and the resettlement of the residents in existing or new towns.

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Monday, 29 April 2013

 

Israeli security officers arrive to stand guard as a bulldozer hired by the Jerusalem municipality destroys a Palestinian house in the Israeli annexed East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur on April 29, 2013. (AFP)

 

Reuters, West Bank –

Israeli soldiers evicted several hundred Bedouins from a village in the occupied West Bank on Monday after the army declared the area alive-fire training zone.

The residents of Wadi al-Maleh, a village mostly inhabited by shepherds in the arid area bordering Jordan, had almost all left their homes by an evening curfew and retreated to neighboring villages, Aref Daraghmeh, a local leader told Reuters.

The displacement coincided with several demolitions of Arab properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which come as the United States is trying to revive stalled peace.

In January, villagers received a similar eviction order and left without resisting, only to return after 48 hours. Almost all of their 90 buildings, including shelters for their animals, were demolished in 2010, local rights groups said.

Israeli troops prevented outsiders, including journalists, from accessing the area saying it was a “closed military zone.” The military did not respond to a request for comment.

Wadi al-Maleh is located in “Area C,” a swath of land making up two-thirds of the West Bank under full Israeli control and where most Jewish settlements are located.

 

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Israel evicts Bedouin residents of West Bank village ahead of IDF exercise

Hundreds residing in Wadi al-Maleh are forced out of their homes after army declares area a live-fire training zone.

By Reuters | Apr.29, 2013 | 11:17 PM | 16

 

 

Bedouin boy rides a donkey near a sign in the West Bank village of Wadi al-Maleh.

A Bedouin boy rides a donkey near a sign in the West Bank village of Wadi al-Maleh, near the border with Jordan. Photo by Reuters

 

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Bedouin loads belongings onto pick-up truck as his family leaves their home in the West Bank village of Wadi al-Maleh. Photo by Reuters

 

Israeli soldiers evicted several hundred Bedouin from a village in the West Bank on Monday after the Israel Defense Forces declared the area a live-fire training zone.

 

The residents of Wadi al-Maleh, a village mostly inhabited by shepherds in the arid area bordering Jordan, had almost all left their homes by an evening curfew and retreated to neighboring villages, Aref Daraghmeh, a local leader, told Reuters.

 

The displacement coincided with several demolitions of Arab properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which come as the United States is trying to revive stalled peace.

 

In January, villagers received a similar eviction order and left without resisting, only to return after 48 hours. Almost all of their 90 buildings, including shelters for their animals, were demolished in 2010, local rights groups said.

 

Israeli soldiers prevented outsiders, including journalists, from entering the area, saying it was a “closed military zone.”

 

“It should be emphasized that these structures, located in closed military zones actively used by the IDF, are illegal in nature…the residents of these illegal structures have been requested in advance to vacate the premises voluntarily,” a spokesperson for the IDF said.

 

“This drill is a part of the IDF’s pre-planned yearly exercise schedule,” the spokesperson said.

 

Wadi al-Maleh is located in “Area C,” a swath of land making up two-thirds of the West Bank under full Israeli control and where most Jewish settlements are located.

 

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