3,000 Bedouins protest: 'With blood we'll redeem our land' - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Bedouin Protest

(Archives) Photo: AFP
(Archives) Photo: AFP
 
 

3,000 Bedouins protest: 'With blood we'll redeem our land'

Demonstrators against plan for Bedouin settlements regularization in Negev carry Palestinian flags. Police surprised by large number of protesters, who claim country wishes to take away their land

Ilana Curiel
Published: 06.13.13, 18:40 / Israel News

Some 3,000 protesters marched in Beersheba in protest of the Begin-Praver outline for Bedouin settlements regularization in the Negev, and made their way to the government offices and court in the city. Some protesters raised the Palestinian flag, together with signs that read "with spirit and blood we will redeem our land."

 

Police shut down several intersections and roads between the city's market and government offices in order to allow the protest march, yet were still surprised by the large number of demonstrators and feared the protest would turn violent and provocative. Additional police forces were called to the area in order to maintain order.

 

Related Stories:

 

Asma, one of the protesters, said: "I am part of the Arab minority in the country. We live on lands that belong to us, yet the country tries to take them away from us. It is 2% of the entire Negev territory." She further complained that "following the Nakba, the State does not treat us as equal citizens."

צילום: ערן לוי

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

Bedouin protesters in Beershea

 

Fadi Alziadna, another protester, said: "The country is letting us down. In any other country the minorities have rights, but here it is different. The situation keeps getting worse. I am glad that people came to this demonstration, it will help us fight for our rights to the Bedouin settlements." Former Knesset Member Taleb el-Sana, member of Steering Committee for Planning and Protection of Arab Rights in the Negev, said they will do all they can in order for the bill outline not to pass.

 

The government approved the Praver report in September 2011, which made an outline to the regularization of the Bedouin settlement in the Negev, in order to resolve the Negev land ownership claims while offering an outline of a compromise that includes relocation and financial compensation to end the illegal settlements.

 

Last January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that NIS 1.2 billion ($330 million) have been allotted for the execution of this program, in which existing settlements were supposed to be expanded and absorb residents in the Abu-Basma Regional Council. In addition, the establishment of new villages was announced as part of the program, yet the plan was received with mixed feelings both among Bedouins and among critics from the Right.

 

 

  • Receive Ynetnews updates directly to your desktop

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
10 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    למציאת מרחב ההתגוננות האישי שלכם »
    פיקוד העורף מזכיר: יש לחכות 10 דקות במרחב המוגן לפני שיוצאים החוצה
    רשימת יישובים במרחב