Rights groups: Israel ignoring Beduin land claims (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 04/02/12)
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The government is ignoring Beduin claims to their land, and is moving
forward intransigently with a program of displacement and relocation,
two human rights organization charged in a letter sent to senior
officials in Jerusalem.
Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel wrote the
letter in protest to the Praver Plan, Knesset legislation addressing
the issue of Beduin settlement in the Negev and unrecognized villages.
The organizations’ sharp criticism focuses on two central issues in
the plan: “the dismantling of the unrecognized villages and forced
displacement and relocation of tens of thousands of residents to
recognized settlements, and the recognition of Beduin ownership to
“The government is ignoring the facts and reality on the ground,” the
groups charged in the letter, which was sent to Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, Attorney-General
Yehuda Weinstein and Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin, who was
tasked with the procedural implementation of the Praver Plan.
The groups claim that the government has failed to consider
alternatives to the plan, which was prepared by a committee headed by
the former deputy chairman of the National Security Council, Ehud
Praver, based on recommendations by the Goldberg Committee in 2008.
The government’s refusal to accept Beduin ties to and ownership of
their land is illegal due to the right of residents to appeal
eviction, the groups maintain, and will result in the displacement of
tens of thousands of people from 36 unrecognized villages. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/02/12)
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