[News] The Illegality of Israel’s Plan to Transfer Palestinian Bedouin Citizens into ‘Refugee Displacement Camps’ in the (Negev)

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  Adalah: The Illegality of Israel’s Plan to Transfer Palestinian
  Bedouin Citizens into ‘Refugee Displacement Camps’ in the (Negev)

December 13, 2019

Israel is taking the first steps towards establishing refugee 
displacement camps to house tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin 
citizens of Israel whom it plans to “urgently” evict from their homes in 
unrecognized villages across the Naqab (Negev) region without even 
offering them any permanent or just housing solutions, according to a 
new in-depth report 
published by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

Adalah’s new position paper, released, on Tuesday, takes a detailed look 
at the ramifications of the plans, and the ways in which they violate 
the human rights of the Bedouin community.

Israel’s basic aim is to transfer the residents of ‘unrecognized’ 
Palestinian Bedouin villages – villages in which they have lived for 
decades, and some of which have existed since before the state’s 
establishment in 1948 – to temporary structures for a period of up to 
six years.

The plans constitute another step by Israel to forcibly remove the 
Palestinian Bedouin population of the unrecognized villages from their 
homes and lands in the quickest possible fashion.

Israel’s plan to establish refugee displacement camps for Palestinian 
Bedouin citizens must be understood in the context of a January 2019 
announcement by Israel’s Bedouin Authority that it intends to evict 
36,000 Bedouin citizens for the needs of “economic development projects” 
and the expansion of military training areas, the report said.

These plans – expected to affect thousands of families, will have 
devastating consequences for the entire Palestinian Bedouin population 
of the Naqab, both in the unrecognized villages and in the recognized 
townships where the refugee displacement camps are to be constructed, 
the report said.

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