‘Frozen’ by PM, Israel’s Forcible Relocation Plan for Bedouins Continues

Bill Still Moves Forward in Israeli Parliament

Despite last week’s promise by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “freeze” the plan, the Prawer Plan continues to move forward in the Knesset, and shows no signs of being on hold at all.

The Prawer Plan would involve declaring a handful of north Negev Bedouin villages as the only acceptable places for Bedouins to live, and forcing some 30,000-40,000 Bedouins living across the rest of the Negev into them.

The plan is hugely controversial for both its race-based land confiscation and plans to build Jewish-only towns at the locations of some of the forcibly depopulated Bedouin villages.

The plan is overwhelmingly opposed by opposition parties in the Knesset, and many members of the far-right government have also complained the plan is doomed to failure without Bedouin acquiescence.

Since announcing the plan was “shelved,” the Netanyahu government hasn’t commented again on the matter, and the ongoing progress in the Knesset suggests the plan is still very much alive, though whether it can pass the Knesset vote remains to be seen.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.