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Kit
- 551 days ago - org.salsalabs.com
The Israeli Knesset just approved the first reading of the Prawer Plan. If adopted, that would trigger the forced relocation of 40,000 Bedouin people (Israeli citizenship notwithstanding), and the destruction of dozens of villages.



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AniMae Chi (434)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:14 am
Signed
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:17 am
Image Credit: Jewish Voice For Peace


Late yesterday in Israel, the Knesset approved the first reading of the infamous Prawer Plan - a blueprint for removing 40,000 Bedouin people from their ancestral homeland.

This massive violation of human rights just got a big step closer to reality. But it's not too late to stop it: if we act now, we can make a difference.

So we're asking you to send a message to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren: we are appalled by the Prawer Plan, and all it represents.

From the years I lived in Israel, I remember visiting "unrecognized" Bedouin villages in the Negev that had been destroyed multiple times.

I remember children and grandmothers sitting near the rubble of their homes, and especially the young man who had been called to serve in the Israeli Army - on the very day his home had been destroyed.


The Prawer Plan threatens that level of destruction on an unprecedented scale.

It is appalling that transfer based on nothing more than ethnic identity is even under consideration.

And if our government is going to offer unconditional support to Israel, we need to send that message to Ambassador Oren, Israel's official representative to the U.S.

Click here to send an email now - and stand up for universal human rights and equality.

* PETITION AT VISIT SITE* **** P.S: if you're not in the U.S., please sign this petition for international supporters from our friends at Avaaz.org directed at the Israeli Knesset.

Stop force eviction of Negev Bedouin -- AVAAZ Petition:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_to_forced_eviction_of_negev_bedouins/?tsyKdab

Sign both if possible!!

Thank you.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:17 am

P.S: if you're not in the U.S., please sign this petition for international supporters from our friends at Avaaz.org directed at the Israeli Knesset.

Stop force eviction of Negev Bedouin -- AVAAZ Petition:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_to_forced_eviction_of_negev_bedouins/?tsyKdab

Sign both if possible!!
 

Frans Badenhorst (560)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:29 am
We're off to a good start. But we need to get at least 10,000 emails to Ambassador Oren as soon as possible. Take a second to forward this email to 5 friends you know would also be horrified to learn that the Begin/Prawer Outline of forced evacuations and village demolitions, and be ready to take action now.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:31 am
S&N Insanity!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:50 am
Thx for posting kit, you beat me to it. Signed both.
 

Beverly M. (90)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:03 am
Noted and signed both actions ~ thanks for sharing Kit!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:22 am
Both signed, TU Kit
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:30 am
Petition signed.

And you wonder why so many people dislike the Knesset members...

Ty, Kit.
.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:40 am
Signed both...thanks for posting this, Kit!
 

Natasha Salgado (578)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:55 am
Both signed-thx Kit
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:03 am
Noted,signed . First petition recommended on face book. Secind one shared on FB as well. Thanks Kit.
 

Elizabeth O. (88)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:04 am
Signed.
 

Emma S. (228)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:04 am
Done! Thanks, Kit.
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:39 am
signed
 

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:34 pm
Signed and Noted.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:57 pm
Allowing Bedouin Communities to grow is not a Human Rights Disaster. Why do some people are happy to post hateful nonsense from Islamist web-sites even when it is detrimental to the people they claim they are defending?

"In September 2011, the Israeli government approved a five-year economic development plan called the Prawer plan.[65] One of its implications is a relocation of some 30.000-40.000 Negev Bedouin from areas not recognized by the government to government-approved townships.[66][67]
The plan is based on a proposal developed by a team headed by Ehud Prawer, the head of policy planning in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). And this proposal, in its turn, is based on the recommendations of the committee chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice Eliezer Goldberg.[65] Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Doron Almog was appointed as the head of the staff to implement the plan to provide status for the Bedouin communities in the Negev.[68] Minister Benny Begin has been appointed by the cabinet to coordinate public and Bedouin population comments on the issue.[69]
According to the PMO official press release, the plan is based on four main principles:
Providing for the status of Bedouin communities in the Negev;
Economic development for the Negev's Bedouin population;
Resolving claims over land ownership; and
Establishing a mechanism for binding, implementation and enforcement, as well as timetables.[65]
The plan was described as part of a campaign to develop the Negev; bring about better integration of Bedouin in Israeli society, and significantly reduce the economic and social gaps between the Bedouin population in the Negev and Israeli society.[65]
The cabinet also approved a NIS 1.2 billion economic development program for Bedouin Negev whose main purpose is to promote employment among Bedouin women and youth. Funding was allocated to the development of industrial zones, establishment of employment centers and professional training.
According to the Prawer plan, Bedouin communities will be expanded, some unrecognized communities will be recognized and receive public services, and infrastructure will be renewed, all within the framework of the Beer Sheva District masterplan. Most residents will be absorbed into the Abu Basma Regional Council and the nature of future communities, whether agricultural, rural, suburban or urban will be decided in full cooperation with the local Bedouin. For those who are to be relocated, 2/3 will receive a new residence nearby.[65]


Tirabin al-Sana's mosque (its dome taken from mosque in the previous Tarabin tribe residence place next to Omer)
The Prawer plan seeks to address the numerous land claims filed by the Bedouin, offering significant compensation in land and funds, with each claim dealt in a unified and transparent way provided by law.[65]
The proposed solution will be put into binding legislation - Israeli Knesset will work out and accept appropriate legislation in the fall of 2012. Accordingly, the state will reorganize and strengthen the enforcement mechanism. Team headed by minister Benny Begin and Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Doron Almog is responsible for the implementation of this plan.
Critics say the Prawer Plan will turn Bedouin dispossession into law[70][71] and come to a conclusion that relocation of the Bedouin will be compelled. Some even speak about ethnic cleansing.[72] As a result, these remarks provoked heavy criticism of the plan by the European Parliament.[73]
Today[edit]

The Bedouin of Tarabin clan have moved into a township built for them, Tirabin al-Sana. The Bedouin of al-'Azazme clan will take part in the planning of a new quarter that will be erected for them to west of Segev Shalom township, cooperating with The Authority for the Regulation of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev.[74]


A private house being built in South Rahat
According to a State Comptroller report from 2002, the Bedouin townships were built with minimal investment, and infrastructure in the seven townships had not improved much in the span of three decades. In 2002, most homes were not connected to the sewage system, the water supply was erratic and the roads were not adequate.[75] Lessons were learned and new policies have been implemented since then, with the Israeli government allocating special funds to improve the wellbeing of the Negev Bedouin.
In 2008, a railway station opened near the largest Bedouin town in the Negev, Rahat (Lehavim-Rahat Railway Station), improving the transportation situation. Since 2009, Galim buses have been operating in Rahat."
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:18 pm
Update: 30 May 2013

Good news - The Knesset vote has been postponed! Let's keep up the pressure and stand by the Bedouin community until the bill is dropped completely.

This was almost a month ago. So I assume the bill hasn't been dropped? I did sign anyways, but maybe someone might have additional time to look into this further. I'd like to think a good outcome has already happened.
 

Jaime A. (35)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:35 pm
Noted.
 

DAVID LAIRD (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:40 pm
SIGNED
 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:56 pm
Signed.
 

Val R. (254)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:08 pm
Signed - thanks Kit.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:23 pm

Bonehead Bob, this is not an Islamist petition site and if anyone wanted that long diatribe they could find it on any Islam hate site.

***From Haaretz for June 24, 2013 - Bedouin Relocation Plan wins slim Knesset majority after stormy 1st reading

A new law meant to relocate nearly 30,000 Bedouin to recognized communities in the Negev was approved in its first Knesset reading on Monday by a slim majority.

The vote on the Begin-Prawer plan was held following a tense Knesset session, in which the Arab Knesset members ripped up copies of the bill on the Knesset floor during the debate and then walked out.

The bill passed by a vote of 43-40. To become law, it must pass two more Knesset readings. But it could also be modified in committee prior to subsequent votes by the full Knesset.
****

Delightful way to treat fellow citizens.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:28 pm

To be clear, the 200,000 Bedouins are Israeli citizens.

The bill, officially called "Bedouin settlements regularization in the Negev," was passed in the parliament, or Knesset, after an intense debate by a narrow 43-40 majority. However, it has yet to be approved in the second and third readings.

On final approval, the bill would affect some 200,000 Bedouins, an Arab ethnic minority who lives mainly in the southern Negev desert.

The government-backed bill threatens to demolish 30,000 to 40, 000 Bedouin residences in villages, which the state does not recognize, and may also drive some 100,000 out of 200,000 Bedouins from their homes.

**About 300 million U.S. dollars, according to the bill, have been allocated to expand and relocate the Bedouin communities, whose lands will not be registered but instead go under the state ownership. The proposed bill rejects land claims made by Bedouins.

The government has not initiated any specific moves to improve the socio-economic conditions of the poverty-stricken population.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-06/25/c_132482936.htm
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:13 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Kit. Very sad situation.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:03 pm
noted, signed and shared
 

Paulett Simunich (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:33 pm
signed....and shared.....
 

Constance F. (431)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:29 pm
Signed, thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:39 pm
Signing now Kit cheers
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:40 pm
Signed. Thanks Kit.

Your response to Bob was awesome and the whole truth, but knowing him it's a safe bet that he didn't sign the petition.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (283)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:06 pm
Signed with pleasure Kit
 

caroline s. (79)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:45 pm
Signed, thanks Kit.
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:59 pm
Signed.
 

Ana R (220)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:18 am
Done...
Thank You, Kit!
 

Sherri G. (117)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 1:41 am
Mr. Ambassador Michael Oren,

The Israeli Knesset just approved the first reading of the Prawer Plan. If adopted, that would trigger the forced relocation of 40,000 Bedouin people (Israeli citizenship notwithstanding), and the destruction of dozens of villages. This would be a travesty for Bedouin people. Have the Israeli Knesset forgetting about their history and how Jewish communities and homes were destroyed? The hypocrisy will justify the hatred of the Jewish people. This must be stopped and the Bedouin people reassured the Prawer Plan will not happen. Thank You Sir.

Sincerely, Sherri Gillespie

cc: Care2 Petitions

Emailed to the address provided, signed, and noted. TY Kit
 

Ben Oscarsito (357)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:37 am
Signed!
 

Ge M. (218)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:48 am
Kit, it is obvious that you have seen an anti-Israel story and leapt upon it with glee and without doing any research.

First of all you have obviously not read Bob's comments, nowhere is it anti-Islamist, it is an explanation of what is happening and why. Your education and understanding is lacking here, as usual.

Most of these settlements are illegal and, as with any country including both yours and mine, illegal structures can be demolished. Whilst not all of these are illegal, compulsory purchase orders happen in all countries, including both yours and mine. We may not agree with it but it is a fact of life. As for what I have found, the government is actually trying to help the Bedouin by bringing them better quality housing and way of life, jobs, education etc. What a terrible thing to do, help Israeli Palestinians improve their quality of life. You, and your uneducated racist friends, have been screaming for years at Israel's ill treatment of Palestinians in Israel (note no Jews in Gaza, not allowed and you say nothing about the ill treatment of Christians in Gaza, one rule for Israel another for Muslims) and when they try to do the right thing, you scream in indignation. Make your mind up, if you can.
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:55 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:57 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last day.
 

Paul Girardin (126)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:18 am
Noted, signed & shared!
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:00 am
Some 3,000 protesters marched in Beersheba in protest of the Begin-Praver outline for Bedouin settlements regularization in the Negev, and made their way to the government offices and court in the city. Some protesters raised the Palestinian flag, together with signs that read "with spirit and blood we will redeem our land."

Police shut down several intersections and roads between the city's market and government offices in order to allow the protest march, yet were still surprised by the large number of demonstrators and feared the protest would turn violent and provocative. Additional police forces were called to the area in order to maintain order.

Asma, one of the protesters, said: "I am part of the Arab minority in the country. We live on lands that belong to us, yet the country tries to take them away from us. It is 2% of the entire Negev territory." She further complained that "following the Nakba, the State does not treat us as equal citizens."

Fadi Alziadna, another protester, said: "The country is letting us down. In any other country the minorities have rights, but here it is different. The situation keeps getting worse. I am glad that people came to this demonstration, it will help us fight for our rights to the Bedouin settlements." Former Knesset Member Taleb el-Sana, member of Steering Committee for Planning and Protection of Arab Rights in the Negev, said they will do all they can in order for the bill outline not to pass.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4392049,00.html
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:08 am
Tibi KM said the bill is "an edict aimed at driving people out of their land. If all the resources that go to the establishment of police headquarters and evictions were channeled to medical centers and schools, things would look different over here. Would such bill pass in Tel Aviv?"

He further added such a law could not be implemented in this day and age. "In 1948 there was the Nakba, the conditions were different. Yet now this is an eviction of people for the second or third time in their lives. This is why it's unattainable – people will protest, riot, prevent the demolition of their homes. The State is robbing the Arab residents of the Negev of their land and what little else they own. The State should stand for its citizens, not against them."

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4396880,00.html
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:42 am

Thank you, Abdessalam for the added information.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:04 pm
signed & noted
 

Carol Dreeszen (362)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:18 pm
Thanks Bob and Gillian for the informative post! It always helps to know what's going on and when it's the truth it's even better!!
 

Lee Hampton (15)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 3:19 pm
Send a Green Star to G M.





Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to G because you have done so within the last day.

 

Lois Jordan (58)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 3:33 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Kit.
 

Mike S. (86)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:56 pm
Both signed! Thank you Kit.
 

Ros G. (84)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:31 pm
Thanks Kit..as always signed with pleasure..Bob and friends - "YOU PROTEST TO MUCH" so now you have confirmed my suspicions..umm: Knessett..just helping the Bedouins..that translates into..just helping themselves to the Bedouins lands? Save your tirades - I'm not anti-Israel - as my Zionist/Jewish friends know..
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:40 am
Dear Abdessalam,

I was in 5th grade when I learned about the Trail of Tears and the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. I’m not sure what Mrs. Gary, my teacher, expected us to think or feel - but the lessons I learned were about unthinkable horror, injustice, and sadness.
Those reactions are a big part of what made me an activist.

In 2013, history is repeating itself in Israel, with the aid of US tax dollars. Last Monday, the Israeli Knesset approved the first reading of the Prawer Plan - the first legislative step toward removing 40,000 indigenous Bedouin people from their ancestral homeland in the Negev/al-Naqab.

9,000 JVP supporters already stepped up and sent a clear message to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren: the Prawer Plan is unacceptable.

That's an amazing response for barely 24 hours of organizing. But we're going to have to do more.

Can you join us now and help us reach our new goal of 18,000 messages?

Here’s why it matters:

The Prawer Plan essentially provides government approval for the Jewish National Fund’s $4 billion "Blueprint Negev" to transform the Negev/al-Naqab into a majority-Jewish area, despite the centuries that Bedouin people have been living there.
Unlike Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza, the Bedouin are citizens of the State of Israel. However, they are cut off from basic services, denied quality education, and restricted in the purchase of land for personal or commercial use.
Thousands of Bedouin have already been transferred, similarly to other Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line whose villages have been destroyed. This is a direct continuation of the ongoing Nakba which began in 1947.
The bottom line is this:

Ethnic and religious identity are being used as the sole criteria for forced removal. That’s unacceptable - and it calls the very idea of democratic governance into question.

For those of us in the US, Ambassador Oren is our formal link to the Israeli government. With the legislative process moving forward in early July, we need to pressure him now to stand for democracy.

Click here to tell him now: the Prawer Plan is unacceptable.

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/301/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13809



Sincerely,
Rabbi Alissa Wise
Director of Campaigns

 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:58 am
Dear Abdessalam,

I was in 5th grade when I learned about the Trail of Tears and the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. I’m not sure what Mrs. Gary, my teacher, expected us to think or feel - but the lessons I learned were about unthinkable horror, injustice, and sadness.
Those reactions are a big part of what made me an activist.

In 2013, history is repeating itself in Israel, with the aid of US tax dollars. Last Monday, the Israeli Knesset approved the first reading of the Prawer Plan - the first legislative step toward removing 40,000 indigenous Bedouin people from their ancestral homeland in the Negev/al-Naqab.

9,000 JVP supporters already stepped up and sent a clear message to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren: the Prawer Plan is unacceptable.

That's an amazing response for barely 24 hours of organizing. But we're going to have to do more.

Can you join us now and help us reach our new goal of 18,000 messages?

Here’s why it matters:

The Prawer Plan essentially provides government approval for the Jewish National Fund’s $4 billion "Blueprint Negev" to transform the Negev/al-Naqab into a majority-Jewish area, despite the centuries that Bedouin people have been living there.
Unlike Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza, the Bedouin are citizens of the State of Israel. However, they are cut off from basic services, denied quality education, and restricted in the purchase of land for personal or commercial use.
Thousands of Bedouin have already been transferred, similarly to other Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line whose villages have been destroyed. This is a direct continuation of the ongoing Nakba which began in 1947.
The bottom line is this:

Ethnic and religious identity are being used as the sole criteria for forced removal. That’s unacceptable - and it calls the very idea of democratic governance into question.

For those of us in the US, Ambassador Oren is our formal link to the Israeli government. With the legislative process moving forward in early July, we need to pressure him now to stand for democracy.

Click here to tell him now: the Prawer Plan is unacceptable.

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/301/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13809



Sincerely,
Rabbi Alissa Wise
Director of Campaigns

 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:00 am
Sorry for re posting. It is a computre/web error
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:06 am
In an exceptional move, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein decided to prevent Deputy Speaker, Arab MK Ahmed Tibi, from running any plenum discussions, Israel Hayom reported. The punishment is for Tibi's reaction on Monday to the discussion over the bill to transfer tens of thousands of Bedouin off their land. Tibi and eight other Arab MKs tore up their drafts of the bill during their speeches at the podium - and Tibi poured water over his copy. The punishment remains until the Knesset Ethics Committee decides if and how it will react.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:08 am

For me this is a simple matter of justice, not unlike the battles we fight in the United States. We have evidence of what can happen when "good" people remain mute. Our Native Americans are a daily reminder. It is in my nature to stand with the "underdog" against the imposing tide of government incursion to their rights, lands, customs and way of life.

Thank you, Abdessalam the letter is indeed a poignant reminder that any one can stand for right over might, even those born as Jews can see clearly when the Israeli government is taking the wrong stand.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Friday June 28, 2013, 4:47 am
Kit,

Encroaching and openly grabbing property that belongs to someone else is not a great idea. Bedouin squatters are no better, than any other squatters. Stealing lands is not acceptable in any country.

As you correctly noted, law-abiding Bedouins are Israeli citizen, they serve in Israeli army and are not persecuted by the state. And even Hamas that you adore so much punished Arab squatters, when they tried to play the same games, which they play against Israel.

Those, who stand for RIght, respect rights of the true land owners and law, and will not thoughtlessly follow demagogues of far left, or hateful speeches of Islamists, given under the cover of coming from "born Jews".

 

Ros G. (84)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:48 am
Bob, you never cease to amaze me..the local aborigines where I live (Australia) can prove that they have had continual existence of the lands for over 30 thousand years and in other parts of this continent over 40 thousand years...they took the Australian Government to the High Court and won..they are "The True Custodians of our Lands" Yes, the Israelites did possess the those lands 2000 maybe to 3000 thousand years ago but can they prove they are the "true Custodians" me thinks not..maybe it's time to take it to the highest Court to judge, the Bible didn't help England in it's defense so I don't think the Torah will help either.
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Friday June 28, 2013, 7:43 am
Israeli forces demolish houses, agricultural structures near Jericho
Published yesterday (updated) 28/06/2013 13:23

JERICHO (Ma’an) – Israeli forces demolished two houses and several agricultural structures north of Jericho Thursday, according to Palestinian officials.

Deputy governor of Jericho Jamal Rajoub said demolitions took place in the Bedouin area inhabited by Kaabna tribe and in al-Nuweima village north of Jericho. The demolished structures, according to Rajoub, belong to Ali Suleiman Imleihat, Muhammad Ali Suleiman Imleihat and Wael Jihad Ali Yousif.

The deputy governor condemned the demolitions and asserted that they were part of Israeli plans to “empty the Jordan Valley of its indigenous residents.”

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=609073

 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Friday June 28, 2013, 7:45 am
Israeli authorities uproot trees in Bethlehem
Published yesterday (updated) 28/06/2013 11:18

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities began digging up agricultural land and uprooting trees in the village of Khirbet al-Nahla in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem on Thursday.

A Ma'an reporter said bulldozers were seen razing land on a 25 dunam plot of land belonging to Mahmoud Asad.

Several trees were uprooted as well, the reporter said.

The digging is ongoing.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=608970

 

Terrie Williams (772)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:26 am
Both signed, noted and shared
 

. (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:32 am
Signed and noted thank to Kit and Katka for the fw
 

Just Carole (338)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:57 am

Action taken . . . thanks for posting, Kit!

(Sorry I'm so late, but was offline while moving.)

 

Just Carole (338)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:57 am

And a special thanks to Abdessalam for forwarding/emphasizing this critical matter.

 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:47 am
I signed adding this to the letter; We are all born with equal rights, human rights! What happens to my brother happens to me, we are one! Thanks Kit.
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Friday June 28, 2013, 1:11 pm
Israeli lawmakers: Don't evict tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens

For years, the Israeli government has subjected Bedouin citizens to discrimination and home demolitions. Now the Israeli Knesset (parliament) is considering a new law that threatens over 30,000 Bedouin citizens with forced eviction from their villages in the country’s southern Negev/Naqab desert, in violation of international law. These longstanding communities have never been officially recognized by the Israeli government. Israeli lawmakers should reject the “Law for Regularizing Bedouin Habitation in the Negev – 2013,” and instead ensure that legal status is granted to these villages.

PLEASE SIGN THIS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PETITION

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=519975


 

Ros G. (84)
Friday June 28, 2013, 3:09 pm
Many thanks Abdessalam, also signed with pleasure.
 

Mari Garcia (51)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:43 pm
signed
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:01 pm
Signed all 3 petitions:

Jewish Voice for Peace: 40,000 Bedouin People Displaced = Human Rights Disaster

Avaaz: Stop force eviction of Negev Bedouin

Amnesty USA: Israeli lawmakers: Don't evict tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:04 pm
From the Jewish Voice for Peace site:

No More Demolished Villages

18 Israeli and American Jewish groups:
* Strongly oppose Beer Sheva District Court’s failure to grant a permanent injunction preventing Israeli Government and Jewish National Fund (JNF) bulldozers from resuming work to plant a JNF forest over Negev Bedouin village of Al-Arakib
* Welcome the court’s recommendation that the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) and JNF refrain from planting trees in Al-Arakib and irreversibly altering the status of the land
* Strongly object to Israeli Government and JNF for 9th & 10th Demolitions of Al-Arakib and to ILA announcement yesterday of their intent to ignore Israeli court recommendations in their rush to eliminate the village of Al-Arakib forever
* Call on all who care about Israel to join the over 7,500 who have already signed our two petitions of protest to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Lieberman, Leaders of the Israel Lands Administration and JNF Leaders in Israel and the US. [Note: these petitions have closed, there's a new one.]
 

Mike S. (86)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:22 pm
Thank you for the AI petition link Abdessalam and Jelica. Signed as well.
 

Ros G. (84)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:42 pm
Many thanks Jelica for the extra link..again signed with pleasure..3 done happy to sign more if they are available.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday June 28, 2013, 7:28 pm
Another one:

ForceChange: Halt Forced Eviction of Israeli Citizens
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Friday June 28, 2013, 7:55 pm
Thanks Kit, already signed!
 

Nancy Black (304)
Friday June 28, 2013, 9:35 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared and sent email. Both sides need to step back and work on a bit of compromise. Diversity can make a country stronger. Bigotry and stubbornness results in violence and war and a weak country. God knows;I don't . What is going to happen in Israel or Palestine or the other countries in the region? It's all screwed up. Both sides KNOW they are right and the other is wrong. Result; violence and war.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:09 pm
It amazes me, kit is trying to help and the two idiots that always have to hate on muslims manage to worm in here and spit their crap out.
 

Ros G. (84)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 1:58 am
Another thank you..Green Star..ForceChange also signed with pleasure
 

Mike S. (86)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 5:44 am
Thanks for the ForceChange link Jelica. Signed as well.
 

Constance F. (431)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:52 am
And thank you Jelca for the added links ~ three more signed.
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 7:18 am
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.
Please write to our Foreign Secretary and urge him to take immediate action.here

http://act.palestinecampaign.org/lobby/102
 

Pat A. (116)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 7:29 am
Signed with additional message - thanks Katka! (Having computer trouble - haven't managed to see all my messages yet).
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 8:51 am
Signed, noted and shared. Thanks Kit!!!
 

Philip Amos (48)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:58 am
Thanks, Kit! Signed and shared.
 

Ros G. (84)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 5:04 pm
Done - letter sent - thank you - Abdessalam. At the end of the day Israeli Government will become it's own worst enemy - revenge is always bitter/sweet.
 

Abo r. (103)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 8:13 pm
Thanks Kit , Abedessalam, Jelica , all noted and signed.
Vicky P do not bother yourself with what those zionests words?! they are zionests wants the land without its real owners... its the British mistake who doesnot own gave himself the right to give them the land of the Falestinians .. time is comming and very soon and Britain will correct its Belfour mistake and I am not predicting it is a fact ,it will do it ..
 

Abo r. (103)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 8:28 pm
Henriette said ( I signed adding this to the letter; We are all born with equal rights, human rights! What happens to my brother happens to me, we are one! Thanks Kit ).
Yes Henriette All of us have rights as humans everywhere right to live in a human sense and conditios , we are in one earth, our bodies are the same structure breath the same air drink the same water and eat the same food our blood is the same consitency structure so on , all are creatures have the same rights and what happens here will happen there allover the earth, we as humans are one unit and must be as we suffer the same suffering from those hatres ..( LOVE IS A PURE PEACE and PEACE IS PURE LOVE). .. and when some one has no love sense does not want peace to others in the whole world ....even it is more than that wants to live and others not?!
 

Naoko I. (260)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:55 am
Thanks Kit and Jelica, all the petitions signed, some shared on FB. No matter what the background and or history is, forced eviction/relocation doesn't seem to be the right answer.
 

monka blanke (82)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:05 pm
I've signed some petitions days ago, thanks.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 11:24 am
Noted, and all petitions signed. I don't feel qualified to respond to this issue, but I will share some information retrieved from Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel:

"Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, inhabitants of the Naqab (Negev) desert since the seventh century, are the most vulnerable community in Israel. For over 60 years, the indigenous Arab Bedouin have faced a state policy of displacement, home demolitions and dispossession of their ancestral land. Today, 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens live in 35 villages that either predate the establishment of the State in 1948, or were created by Israeli military order in the early 1950s. The State of Israel considers the villages “unrecognized” and the inhabitants “trespassers on State land,” so it denies the citizens access to state infrastructure like water, electricity, sewage, education, health care and roads. The state deliberately withholds basic services from these villages to “encourage” the Arab Bedouin citizens to give up their ancestral land."

These tactics are cruel. No matter which side feels as though their rights are being infringed upon, the fact of the matter is that people are suffering and children are being deprived of an education and even the most basic health care needs. Innocent children should never be used as pawns. At some point, the insanity has to stop!
 

Evelyn B. (49)
Monday November 11, 2013, 6:52 am
I wish there were some way to bump this up to the top again!
The Plan is about to be approved now (11 November 2013) - and I can't repost the link, either!
 

jess b (24)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:21 am
Nov 13 2013 : PRAWER PLAN ALREADY STARTED
"Israeli bulldozers demolish house in Negev village." 13-11-13
"..confiscate more than 700,000 dunums of land in Negev... "
Relocation of 30,000 Bedouin in the Negev. Note, the Bedouin are Israeli (Arab) citizens.

Ynet 25 Oct 2013:
"Yoav unit set up ahead of expected Knesset approval of Prawer Plan and Bedouin resettlement bill official. Already razing "illegal"
homes in the Negev."
 

jess b (24)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:26 am
Prev signed. Thank you
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 7:57 am
Many petitions in this thread are still open. Please sign.

ty, Kit.
.
 

Abo r. (103)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 2:48 pm
Jelica r , thanks for posting thoses 5 petitions.
All signed
 
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