Negev Beduin file objection to IDF complex (JERUSALEM POST) By SHARON UDASIN 03/22/12)
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A group of Negev Beduin residents and their supporters filed an
objection this week to the establishment of a military intelligence
complex in their neighborhoods.
The residents are contesting an IDF plan to establish
an “Intelligence City” that would move its intelligence units from
the country’s center and concentrate a number of different bases into
They argued to the Southern District Planning and Building Council
that the IDF is choosing to move the intelligence units from one
populated place to another, and that it could choose to relocate the
base in an unoccupied region that is within the army’s authority.
In addition to representatives from six local Beduin families, the
objectors include the Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages, the
Adalah Legal Center and Bimkom – Planners for Rights.
All of the groups argue that the plan would lead to the uprooting of
thousands of Beduin living there.
Meanwhile, the local council of Lakya has also filed a similar
objection, according to the group.
The intelligence complex would be located in the Beersheba region,
between the city of Beersheba and the Beduin communities of Lakya and
Um Batin, the objectors wrote. The site would encompass an area of
more than 500 hectares (about 1235 acres) and would include the
construction of six-story buildings that would comprise more than
600,000 square meters.
More than 9,000 Beduin inhabit the general region, 2,000 of whom
actually live within the area slated to become the “Intelligence
City,” the objectors said.
The objection notes that many of the local residents filed
applications in the 1970s to claim the land as their own, but that
the state froze the land settlement procedure, leaving their
applications still pending. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/22/12)
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