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Bedouin Fight Israeli Relocation Bill

The Israeli parliament has ratified a bill for the relocation of Bedouin from “unrecognized” settlements to permanent villages, despite objections by the Bedouin community.      
Bedouins hold signs as they take part in a protest against a plan to formally recognise Bedouin communities in the Negev desert, outside the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem May 27, 2013. According to Bedouin leaders, the implementation of the plan, which was suggested by an Israeli government committee, will uproot 30,000 Bedouins from their homes. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX102RI
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On June 24, the Prawer Bill — the government plan for regulating unrecognized Bedouin settlements in the southern Negev region and resolving disputes over land ownership — passed the first Knesset reading.

The bill, formulated by former Likud minister Benny Begin, implements the recommendations of a committee headed by former Justice Eliezer Goldberg to examine the issue of Bedouin settlements in the Negev and to offer solutions.

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