Anti-Prawer protests scheduled for Nov. 30 in Palestine, worldwide 10Nov13 November 10, 2013

249208_345x230Ma’an   -   10 November 2013

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian youth will gather in several cities within historic Palestine and around the world on Nov. 30 to protest against Israel’s Prawer Plan, several youth organizations said in a statement Sunday.

the logo reads “Prawer will not pass” (Ma’an images)

The protest event will take place simultaneously in the Negev, Haifa, Ramallah, and Gaza City, as well as in several locations worldwide, and will be dubbed “International Day of the Negev.”

Israel’s Prawer Plan calls for the relocation of 40,000-70,000 Bedouin, the demolition of about 40 villages, and the confiscation of nearly 200,000 acres of land in the Negev Desert.

“Prawer will not be allowed to pass,” the statement said.

“No one will live quietly and comfortably as long as a single family in Negev faces displacement threat. No one in this country will enjoy freedom and dignity if we Palestinians, especially in Negev do not live in dignity on our land.”

During similar protest events held on July 15 and Aug. 1, the statement said, Israeli police “brutally assaulted young men and women, detaining and injuring dozens.”

‘Criminal plan’

The statement said that the Israeli government had escalated its “criminal plan” this week by announcing a call for bids to build 20 Israeli settlements on land slated for confiscation.

“Some of the new settlements will be built on the wreckage of Bedouin villages,” the statement said.

The Israeli government approved the Prawer-Begin plan in 2011, in what it says was an attempt to address the problem of unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

The 2011 proposal was formulated without any consultation with the Bedouin community and rights groups slammed it as a major blow to Bedouin rights.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the plan will destroy the communal and social fabric of tens of thousands of Bedouins, condemning them to a future of poverty and unemployment.

The Israeli state denies them access to basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity and running water, and refuses to place them under municipal jurisdiction.

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