The Prawer Plan

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The Prawer Plan
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What is the Prawer Plan?

"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.

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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"In 2009, the Israeli government established the Prawer Committee, led by Ehud Prawer, the former Deputy Chair of the National Security Council, to outline a plan to implement the Goldberg Commission’s recommendations and deal with the remaining 35 unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev.

The Israeli government hailed the plan as “a comprehensive and balanced plan to resolve the issue” of Bedouin communities in the Negev as part of its overall activities to develop the Negev. It said “its goal is to bring about a better integration of Bedouin in Israeli society. The plan is also designed to significantly reduce the economic and social gaps between the Bedouin population in the Negev and Israeli society as a whole.”1  The Israeli government summarized the Prawer Plan as having four cornerstones:

•                Providing for the status of Bedouin communities in the Negev;

•                Economic development for the Negev's Bedouin population;

•                Resolving claims over land ownership; and

•                Establishing a mechanism for binding, implementation and enforcement, as well as timetables.2

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Under the Prawer Plan it is estimated that some 30,000 to 40,000 people in at least 25 of the unrecognized Bedouin villages would be forcibly relocated. The Israeli government would then level these villages."

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As comrades might have noticed I have become more and more exercised by religions and religious bigots.  I recently came across this stuff about the Israeli treatment of the Bedouin.  What an example of the arrogance and hypocrisy of those that act in the name of religion.  The Israeli state is a brutal regime that undertakes a form of religious apartheid although focused particularly on non-Jewish Arabs, yet claims democracy and human rights for its own.  Disgusting hypocrisy. 

It continues also to surprise me how strong the Israel myth is; it surprises me how many people you meet support or sympathise Israel -  because it is only defending itself, or because they deserve a homeland and so forth.  They turn a blind eye to reality of the Israeli state because Arab states are no better.

Trouble is in saying that, I would be accused by the religious bigots of anti-semitism – criticism Israel and you descriminate against Jews =!!!  Such garbage; they have to say this though because it in the end is the only way they can defend their appalling behaviour

What’s comical is this line of argument also establishes the common ground between Islam and Judaism and emphasizes their similarities – because they both resort to this obnoxious line that they cant be criticized. 

Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are strategies used to cow opponents not to seek equality.