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Hamas Prevents Mass Pro-Bedouin Protest in Gaza

Hamas internal police dispersed a large protest opposing Israel’s Brawer-Begin Bill, which will displace thousands of Palestinian Bedouins currently residing in Israel.
A member of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas rides in a pickup truck as he patrols the border area between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip July 1, 2013. Egyptian soldiers and members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas are on alert to guard the border area after massive protests in Egypt, Hamas officials said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX118IN

The Israeli Knesset’s approval of the Brawer Bill in late June 2013 has been widely opposed by the Bedouin Arab community inside Israel and has prompted a strong response from Palestinians and their political leadership inside the Palestinian territories.

The Israeli plan which passed its first reading in the Israeli Knesset on June 24 intends to displace tens of thousands of the Bedouin inhabitants in the Naqab (Negev), who constitute part of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel, from their homes and lands in the Naqab in southern Israel.

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