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'Ethnic cleansing' claim over Israel's plan to relocate Negev Bedouins

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'Ethnic cleansing' claim over Israel's plan to relocate Negev Bedouins


Protesters have clashed with Israeli authorities over government plans to move 30,000 Bedouins from the Negev Desert in southern Israel.

Israel said the Bedouin homes in the Negev are illegal.

The government has approved plans for a civilian construction in the desert, which will run alongside a project to move the country’s military infrastructure from central Israel to the south.

Arab Israeli Knesset member Talab Asana said it is not only the Bedouins under threat: “This plan threatens the displacement of 30 Palestinian villages and the relocation of 60,000 people and the confiscation of 215,000 acres of land. The plan represents ethnic cleansing and the Israeli government is trying to enact a law for discrimination and racism.”

The Bedouin said the Israeli government had failed to consult them and that their claim to the land predates the formation of the state of Israel.

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