Palestinian Bedouin have lived in the Naqab (Negev) since the seventh century – long before the state of Israel was created. For over 60 years, this indigenous population have faced Israel’s policies of displacement, home demolitions and dispossession.
This week the Israeli Knesset approved the Prawer Plan. If implemented, it will result in the destruction of the “unrecognised” villages and the ethnic cleansing of around 40,000 Palestinian Bedouin citizens from their homes and villages. This plan was completed without consultation of the local community, and is a gross violation of basic rights.