as many of you will be aware, the Israeli state is seeking to ethnically cleanse more than 40,000 Palestinian Bedouin from their homes and land in the Naqab (Negev) desert. For the last year or more, Palestinians both inside the Zionist state and in the Occupied Territories have been protesting against what will be Israel's biggest mass expulsion and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian since 1948 and 1967. Several national days of actions have taken place and another national and international day of action has been called for the 30th of November, 2013.
I have included below the call to action, as well as links to my previous posts on the Prawer Plan. In addition, I have included a news report from the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz which reports on an Israeli cabinet decision on the weekend to ethnically cleanse a Palestinian Bedouin village which has existed since 1956 and replace it with a Jewish only community.
The Palestinian village of Umm al-Hiran is one of hundreds of "unrecognised villages", many of which have existed prior to 1948 or were established by Palestinian Bedouin in the wake of the 1948 Nabka after they had been ethnically cleansed from their original place of residence and had become internally displaced refugees. Israel has refused to recognise these villages and while the residents of the villages pay taxes to the Israeli state they are not afforded the same facilities other Israeli townships are - ie. access to the electricity grid, water grid and public infrastructure (such as roads and public state funded buildings).
The cabinet decision to demolish Umm al-Hiran and replace it with a Jewish only community is a prime example of Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
Join the international day of action against the Prawer Plan and Israel's planned ethnic cleansing of tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins. You can do a range of things to support the action: Organise a street action/Organise a public campaign stall/Write a letter to your local newspaper/Ask your union/church/community group to support the Stop Prawer campaign/Write a blog post/Share the call to action via twitter and facebook/Share information and articles about the campaign and what the Prawer Plan means via social media etc.
Please see my previous post of my article, "Israel to escalate ethnic cleansing", published by Red Flag which gives an overview of the Prawer Plan and its impact (click here)
For more information on the Prawer Plan and previous days of action please see my previous posts on Live from Occupied Palestine:
July 15th: Anger Strike to stop Prawer Plan (click here)
in solidarity, Kim
The International community has repeatedly called on Israel to halt the implementation of the Prawer Plan due to its discriminatory nature and the severe infringement it causes on the rights of Palestinian Bedouins in Al-Naqab. The UN committee on the elimination of Racial Discrimination called on Israel to withdraw the proposed legislation of the Prawer Plan. Also, in 2012, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on Israel to stop the Prawer plan and its policies of forced displacement and dispossession.
Injustice, humiliation and forced displacement are a recurring theme in Palestine’s history. This is lesson that we as a group of youth take to the heart. We will oppose, resist and work against the continuous assault that our communities, across Palestine face. Therefore, we launched the “Prawer will not pass” campaign with an eye to preventing this plan to be yet another chapter in Palestine’s long and tragic history.
Opposing the Prawer Plan is to oppose ethnic cleansing, displacement and confinement in the 21st century.
Join us by organizing marches, protests, sending letters to those with positions of influence in your country or community, by doing whatever you can, in order to force Israel to stop the Prawer plan.
Join us on the 30th of Nov. in saying “Prawer shall not Pass”.
For more information, please contact us on: