“On Saturday, November 30th, thousands gathered in the Negev in Southern Israel to protest the government’s forced urbanization plan of the desert’s Bedouin indigenous people. The plan, called Prawer-Begin after its authors passed first reading of three by the Israeli parliament in June, and sparked mass mobilization. The biggest of the protests was in the Negev Desert and was met with enormous police force, water cannons, and policemen on horses, Dozens were arrested and wounded…. While the plan rejects the Bedouins’ call to recognize their 35 villages, where they were settled after surviving the mass expulsions of 1948, the Israeli foreign minister, Avidgor Lieberman, said it was the Bedouin who were attempting to grab land and not the government: “This is a fight over land. We are fighting over the Jewish people’s national land. And there are those who intentionally try to steal and take it over by force.”
Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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