The significance of this plan is clear: The Bedouin people are forbidden to continue being Bedouin. Expulsion and resettlement are two concepts that we as Jews have experienced in our recent history, and the deep psychological scar it caused has not left us.
The Begin-Prawer Plan is an insidious design against a population with historical rights. It is the right of those who are subject to expulsion to protest and resist such a discriminatory plan, and it is the duty of every person who believes in human values to lend a hand to a hand of friendship and support in the bitter struggle to deprive the Bedouin of the ground beneath their feet.
The fact that among the protestors there were a few that engaged in violent behavior is entirely unacceptable. But that does not justify the heavy hand of the police suppressing civil protests. The silencing of the protests supporting Bedouin rights is a black stain on the conscience of our society.
Author Sami Michael serves as the president of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)