Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the Negev must stop – Middle East Monitor – Negev is the battlefield for one of the fiercest struggles of this kind. The Israeli government has tried to implement several “development plans” over the years in an effort to move the Palestinian communities to what are, in effect, reservations or “Bantustans”, taking them off their land and destroying their traditional way of life. Many of those affected are Bedouin who are promised homes in new townships, compensation and other preferential treatment. Although some of the people have accepted the Israeli offers and moved willingly, the government has not fulfilled its pledges.
One of the latest projects was the five-year economic development proposal called the Prawer Plan. The “Israeli-Arabs” rejected it and organised massive protests until the government suspended it. Agriculture Minister Ori Ariel has now revived Prawer and allocated 3 million New Israeli Shekels towards it. His cabinet colleague, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, has agreed to include it in the 2017 budget.