| Adalah: Withdrawal of the Prawer Plan bill is a major achievement!

Adalah: Withdrawal of the Prawer Plan bill is a major achievement ~ MEMO.

Adalah, the legal centre for Arab minority rights in Israel, has called the Israeli government’s decision to withdraw the Prawer Plan bill a “major achievement in the history of the Palestinian community in Israel.”

On 12 December, former Israeli cabinet minister Benny Begin announced at a press conference that the government is withdrawing the proposed Prawer-Begin bill. The draft law was set to be considered for a second and third reading in the Knesset until Begin admitted earlier this week that the bill faced sweeping rejection from the Bedouin community, contrary to government assertions that they had approved of the plan. The bill was proposing to forcibly displace up to 70,000 Palestinian Bedouin in the Naqab, or Negev, where many have lived for generations.

Adalah stated in a press release that the cancellation of the bill “shows that popular action, legal advocacy and international pressure can succeed in defending the rights of 70,000 Arab Bedouin residents of the unrecognised villages in the Naqab to live with freedom and dignity on their own lands and in their villages.”

Adalah described how the Israeli “decision to withdraw the bill follows the recent disclosure of maps, figures and details that echoed the numerous statements made by Adalah, human rights organisations and international bodies, which argued that the Prawer-Begin bill was created without consultation with the Bedouin community and without transparency to the villagers that it would effect.”

The centre further pointed out that: “The government was forced to reveal the Plan’s details after intensive media attention and public activism against the Prawer Plan in recent weeks,” noting that the Israeli police tried to suppress the widespread public activism against the bill by using “excessive force” and making “thousands of arrests”, adding that “Adalah and other volunteer lawyers defended the detained protesters in court and filed official complaints to the Police Investigation Unit (“Mahash”) against the police’s violent conduct.”

The statement continued: “The cancellation of the bill is a platform to continue the dedicated work in the struggle to prevent the Israeli government from implementing the Prawer Plan. The government’s plans for the Naqab will lead to the demolition, evacuation and confiscation of Bedouin homes and lands, among which is the village of Atir-Umm El-Hieran, which will be destroyed in order to build a Jewish settlement and a forest over its lands.”

The rights centre concluded that: “The state must recognise the Arab Bedouin citizens’ historical ownership of their lands, grant legal recognition to the unrecognised villages, and provide full services, infrastructure and proper living conditions that are denied to the Bedouin residents of the Naqab. Adalah remains committed to the struggle for the rights and recognition of the Bedouin villages, alongside local partners and international human rights actors.”

 Benny BeginOn 12 December, former Israeli cabinet minister Benny Begin announced at a press conference that the government is withdrawing the proposed Prawer-Begin bill.________________________________________________________________________

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4 thoughts on “| Adalah: Withdrawal of the Prawer Plan bill is a major achievement!

  1. I’m sure this delay in implementing the plan was influenced by the 800 Israeli Rabbis and Cantors who protested against it as reported in The Jerusalem Post.

    “We applaud the withdrawal of the misguided Prawer-Begin plan, which would have expelled 30-40,000 Bedouin Israelis from their homes in the Negev,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

    “As the 800 rabbis and cantors who wrote to Prime Minister Netanyahu in opposition of this plan attest, such forced displacement contradicts both Jewish property law and human rights law, as well as the moral values of the Jewish tradition. We urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to work in partnership with Bedouin communities to develop a new plan that supports the economic and cultural flourishing of these communities.”

    http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Bennie-Begin-stops-Beduin-resettlement-plan-334862

    There are many Israelis who recognize the injustices taking place by the Zionist ideologues, and do raise their voices in the cause of Truth, Justice and Judgement.

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    • “There are many Israelis who recognize the injustices taking place by the Zionist ideologues, and do raise their voices in the cause of Truth, Justice and Judgement.”

      True I suppose to some extent but sadly not nearly enough to come clean and insist on EQUALITY for the Palestinians they have dispossessed and ethnically-cleansed since 1948 by their relentless settlement expansionism – really, they should confess their GUILT and hand back the proceeds of their war crimes and make proper reparations to their victims and their descendants forced into EXILE, often languishing in foreign refugee camps TO THIS DAY.

      Google UN General Assembly Resolution 194 passed on 11 December 1948 which provided (Article 11):

      Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible. …

      The whole world now lives in a post-colonial reality endorsing EQUAL human rights for ALL under the UN Charter – EXCEPT Israel, so really, ditching degenerate ideologies is long overdue – not just because some lily-livered colonialist SQUATTERS can sleep easier in their stolen condos amongst their Palestinian victims.

      For any lasting Peace there must be Truth and JUSTICE – the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission is one way to achieve accountability.

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