“…few North American Jews understand that their donations are leading to the dispossession of Bedouin-Palestinians and the razing of their homes…”
RT – “The Israeli government voted on Sunday to raze a Bedouin-Palestinian village of 500 citizens to clear space for a Jewish town, prompting yet more protests against Israel’s unabated policy of settlement construction.
The government ministers moved to evict residents from the Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran in accordance with the terms of the so-called “Prawer plan,” which calls for the resettlement of large numbers of Bedouin villages.
The Bedouins have been offered alternative sites to which to relocate, but they plan to hold protests against what they claim is “discriminatory treatment by the state,” as quoted by Haaretz, the Israeli daily.
Liberal Israeli publications have harshly denounced the treatment of the Bedouins, who are being displaced by the very military that some of them proudly served.
“These are Israeli citizens – citizens in a ‘democratic’ state, some of whom have even served the country militarily – who are now having their homes destroyed,” David Harris-Gershon wrote in his blog for the Tikkun Daily.
The Israeli government’s reasoning for demolishing Umm al-Hiran is that the villagers never received ‘official’ zoning rights to settle the land. However, critics say Israel refused to give a stamp of approval to the village, despite ordering villagers to settle the site in 1956.” Full Story
“The amount of settlements is huge and probably irreversible, and the signal that the Israeli government is sending to the Palestinians, to the rest of the Middle East, to the world, by continuing even aggressively to settle – it is a very negative signal, because if now the talks will not conclude in an agreement, it won’t be called a ‘peace agreement’, when we will meet next time to talk with the Palestinians,” Alon Liel, former director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry ”
“Arab–Bedouin citizens of Israel have been living in Umm al-Hieran since 1956, when the Israeli civil administration moved them to this hill in the Naqab (Negev). Now, the state wants to move them out — and replace their village with the distinctively Jewish town “Hiran.” The Hiran “nucleus”, a group of 30 families that would form the core of this new Jewish settlement has already moved to a nearby camp in Yatir forest, where they await the demolition of Umm al-Hieran.
The film is a co-production of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality in the Negev (NCF), and part of a two-year EU-funded partnership to protect the rights of the Arab Bedouin in the Naqab.”
- Join Palestinians on November 30th to protest against the Prawer plan (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Palestinians will gather to protest Israel’s Prawer plan (worldbulletin.net)