Published: 2019-01-28 11:00
Last Updated: 2019-01-28 11:29
Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel, has completed a massive plan to displace some 36,000 Bedouin Arab citizens from their 1948 territory villages in Negev.
The plan is to be implemented, if approved, this year, with four years to complete.
The Israeli Minister added that after displacing the residents, Israeli authorities are scheduled to establish national projects, infrastructure and other security measures, which require the movement of the population to other villages. The Bedouin confiscated lands are estimated at 260,000 dunums, which is the largest land to be confiscated since the Nakba (1948 Palestinian exodus).
According to the plan, the displacement will begin this year, north of Route 31, and will continue for four years. Total displacement in 2021 will begin with an annual budget increase, through intensified law enforcement authorities, in reference to the Israeli Police and the Ministry of Internal Security.
Over the ruins of the soon to be abandoned villages, Israel wants to expand the trans-Israel road (Route 6) south of the country to the town of Nabatim in Negev, an area of 12,000 dunums with 5000 Arabs living there who Israel intends to transfer to Tel Sheva, Abu Talul and Um Batin.
The Israeli authorities is also planning to transfer 5000 Palestinians to Abu Talul, Abu Qrinat and Wadi al-Naam, from Ramat Bekaa, in order to transfer a factory for military industries from the center of the country to the Negev.
These villages do not appear on the official Israeli maps and are not provide with basic services such as water and electricity. Their residents do not have addresses and the authorities do not recognize their rights on the land and consider them "violators" who took over “state-owned lands”.