Hundreds of Palestinian Bedouins gathered on Thursday to protest the Israeli cabinet’s plans to demolish houses and displace around 30,000 Bedouins living in the town of southern Negev.
The Bedouins claim that Negev belongs to their ancestors, and they have been living as nomads for thousands of years. Israeli officials, however, argue that these homes have been built without authorization and are thus illegal.
One female demonstrator said they were protesting the Prawer Plan, named after Ehud Prawer, an Israeli official who led an inter-ministerial team to resolve unrecognized villages, which is occupied by 45,000 out of a total of 180,000 Bedouins.
The plan was approved by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday.
Ahmed al-Tibi, an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset believes that this plan fosters the expulsion of Bedouins whose lands would then be given to Jewish farmers.
Most of the Bedouins live in absolute poverty due to the lack of provision of basic services, and they dispute the claim that Negev existed before the creation of an Israeli state.