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Pro Bedouin Land Grab Hooligans Send 10 Police to Hospital

Benny Begin's "stinking maneuver" sought to legalize an illegal land grab of thousands of acres by Bedouin invaders.
Police and protesters clashed at Saturday rallies in Haifa and East Jerusalem, over a government plan to resettle some 30,000 Bedouin squatters who invaded and captured half the Negev desert.

Police and protesters clashed at Saturday rallies in Haifa and East Jerusalem, over a government plan to resettle some 30,000 Bedouin squatters who invaded and captured half the Negev desert.
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On Saturday, Israel’s Bedouin community declared a “Day of Rage” to protest the government’s intent to hand over to them only part of the Negev, based on the Government’s Prawer-Begin plan, which takes back some land from squatters.

The main rallies took place in Haifa, where hundreds of hooligans blocked traffic, burned tires and threw rocks at police. They injured at least ten police, including the chief of the Coast District and the spokesperson for the Negev District. Police responded with shock grenades and with quite brutal crowd control measures.

There was another Arab demonstration outside the Shchem gate in East Jerusalem. Dozens of Arabs threw rocks on police there as well.

The signs being carried in those rallies threatened that should the Bedouins not receive better than half the Negev, they’d start a third Intifada.

It’s what they do.

The Prawer Commission, chaired by Ehud Prawer, Benjamin Netanyahu’s director of planning, found, back in 2011, that an estimated 50% of unrecognized Bedouin villages were built within Jewish planning areas. It recommended that the inhabitants of these villages, some 30,000 Bedouin invaders, entering Israel illegally from the vast Arabian deserts over the past six decades—about 40% of the total unrecognized Bedouin population—should be relocated to the seven existing government built Bedouin townships.

The commission proposed compensation payments to the evacuees, between $1.7 billion and $2.4 billion, including $365 million for expanding the approved townships. The compensation would be reduced to zero over a period of five years and if agreement had not been reached the land would be considered forfeited.

Then, in January, 2013, Israel’s government approved the recommendations of then Minister without portfolio Benny Begin, backed by AG Yehuda Weinstein, to change the program.

Benny Begin’s “stinking maneuver” not only confirmed through legal registration what has been essentially an illegal land grab of many thousands of acres by the Bedouins over several decades, but also promised them many new settlements to boot.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu was so committed to this move, that they forced Jewish Home, their National Religious partner, to approve in the coalition agreement item 51 which reads: Both sides will promote the “Law regulating Bedouin settlement, 5772-2012,” should a Jewish Home minister be a member of a ministerial committee to implement said law.

Please don’t forget, it’s a crucial detail: Both Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman supported the Benny Begin plan that gave more than half the Negev to Bedouin invaders.

But Jewish Home and Yesh Atid, together with most of the rank and file coalition members, managed to introduce significant changes to the Begin plan, after it had already been approved by the transitional government after the election. The change, essentially, eliminated the Begin plan in favor of the original 2011 plan, which was approved a much less generous land giveaway to the Negev Bedouin.

MK Ahmed Tibi said the Prawer plan is tragic, since it removes civilians from their land.

By civilians Tibi means Arab civilians, because he had no problem at all approving the forcible removal of thousands of Jewish civilians from Gaza and from Samaria.

Tibi also made sure the press understood he was not behind the violent clashes with police, since, as he put it, “we object to violence, but we are in favor of rage.”

It’s that kind of subtlety that we need more of in mass public demonstrations.

The Jewish Left is united in calling on the government to reward the violent demonstrators by freezing the Prawer plan.

And Avigdor Lieberman, who initially approved the Begin land grab, now compared the confrontation with the Bedouins the historic Jewish reclamation of land in Zion over the past century and a half.

Better late than never.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Pro Bedouin Land Grab Hooligans Send 10 Police to Hospital”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    Beduins are supposed to be nomads so why are they not moving on? How did they cross into Israel and how come no one followed up that they departed? Seems everyone wants to live with the Jews in the Jewish State of Israel!!

  2. Dan Silagi says:

    There are numerous deserts in Iran…

  3. Chuck W Bird says:

    Arabs don't want to live with Jews, they just want their land.

  4. Ris Ran says:

    If this were the 1940's, Yori Yanover would be happily writing articles about how the brave SS is helping relocate Jewish hooligans off land that is designated for German people.

  5. Jack Rescoe says:

    Throwing rocks at innocent people maims and kills. There should be a law that anyone seen in the act of throwing the rock will be shot dead on the spot, no exceptions.

  6. Yori Yanover says:

    Ris Ran · Ho Ho Ho, the Gestapo — the gift that keeps on giving. Why bother with facts and history when we can call someone a Nazi for writing things we disagree–but don't have the intellectual capacity or the time to try and refute. Very brave, the Nazi thing.

    Now, are you at all familiar with the conclusions of the three parliamentary committees that investigated the Bedouin claims in the Negev? Do you have even the beginning of an ability to discuss this without name calling? Or do you travel from site to site, call folks Nazis and move on?

  7. Ris Ran says:

    Yori Yanover Where do you see me calling you a Nazi? All I'm saying is in the late 1930s, when Germany wanted to resettle certain people, there were journalists and media who praised the idea as well.

  8. Smart scavengers tend to nest where food is most plentiful. Smarter scavengers don't mess with their patrons. Jewish table-scraps are better than most.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It is not their land, they are squatters, and they have no right to protest.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Kahane was so right, they must go. They are disgruntled and full of hate and are incited to kill Jews. Why bother with them, send them packing to Jordan where they belong, or better yet, Egypt.

  11. Nice Guy says:

    ROCK THROWERS MUST BE ARRESTED (ISRAEL HAS SOUND WAVE MACHINE THAT KNOCKS OUT RIOTORS AND MAKES THEM UNABLE TO RESIST ARREST) AND FINGERPRINTED/COMPUTERIZED PICTURES OF THEIR FACES/DNA PUT ON FILE…AND GIVEN 5 YEARS IN PRISON WITH PAROLE AFTER ONE MONTH…AND IF THEY DO MORE ROCKTHROWING OR ANY VIOLENT ACT THEY SERVE OUT THE FIVE YEARS IN FULL. SHOULD THEY OR ANYARAB CONNECT WITH A PERSON AND INJURE THEM OR BE ARRESTED WITH BOMB MATERIAL ETC…THEY GET 10 YEARS TO LIFE WITH MINIMUM 10 YEARS….AND THEN DEPORTED (AS I SAID ALL ARRESTED ARABS HAVE DNA/FINGERPRINTS/FACE FEATURES PUT ON COMPUTORS AND VIDEOCAMERAS PLACED IN STRATIGIC AREAS IN ISRAEL PICK THEM OUT OF CROWDS OF THOUSANDS IN SECONDS)
    IF THEY ARE FOUND IN ISRAEL AGAIN THEY SERVE THE REST OF THEIR SENTENCES… ANYONE WHO TRYS OR DOES KILL JEWS MUST BE EXECUTED WITHIN TEN DAYS AND HIS BODY EATEN BY PIGS (YES…SORRY NO HEAVEN WITH 70 VERGINS THAT WAY)….

  12. Nice Guy says:

    I REMEMBER WHEN AN ARAB BOY WAS CARRIED AROUND IN A COFFIN IN A PARADE THAT WAS ON EVERY TV IN THE WORLD ABOUT HOW NAZI JEWS KILLED HIM…EVERYNOW AND THEN THEY WOULD DROP HIM OUT OF THE COFFIN AND THE LIVE NOT DEAD BOY WOULD CLIMB BACK IN BUT THE NEWS DELETED AND DID NOT SHOW THAT PART…SO ALL THE NEWS REPORTERS KNEW THAT THE BOY WAS NEVER SHOT AND NEVER KILLED BY ANYONE ESPECIALL NOT BY JEWS…BUT THAT STORY WAS REPORTED FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND STILL IS REPEATED EVEN TODAY! THAT THE JEWS KILLED THE POOR PALESTINIAN BOY! NEWS CASTERS SHOULD BE SUED/FIRED/JAILED/NOT ALLOWED IN ISRAEL….IF THEY LIE AND TALK HATEDRED AGAINST ISRAEL AND JEWS….THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ….REPORT THENEWS THAT VENT THEIR HATRED OF JEWS AND ISRAEL

  13. Nice Guy says:

    ITS TIME FOR ISRAEL TO ACT TOUGH LIKE ANY OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD AGAINST THOSE WHO TRY (AND DO) KILL JEWS…SURE OTHER NATIONS WILL CALL THEM DIRTY JEWS…AND WORSE…BUT THEY DO THAT ANYWAY!
    ISRAEL HAS HELPED SO MANY COUNTRIES (PHILAPPINES/HATTI TO NAME A VERY FEW) WHO WERE IN DESPARATE NEED OF HELP…I AM CURIOUS IF THOSE COUNTRIES WILL RETURN THE FAVOR BY STANDING UP FOR ISRAEL AND NOT VOTING BAD STUFF IN THE UN AND SCREAMING OUT THEY ARE IN FAVOR OF THEIR GOOD FRIEND ISRAEL IN EVERY VOTE WHATSOEVER …. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL SHOULD HELP ITS ENEMIIES….I READ RECENTLY THAT THE HEAD OF HAMAS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION BROUGHT HIS GRANDDAUGHTER TO ISRAEL FOR TREATMENT TO TRY TO SAVE HER LIFE AFTER ARAB DOCTORS SCREWED HER UP SO BADLY THAT SHE WILL SOON DIE FROM THEIR IMPROPER TREATMENTS (HAD THEY BROUGHT THE GIRL TO ISRAEL FIRST SHE WOULD BE OKAY TODAY)IS WHAT I HAD HEARD….WHY WOULD ISRAEL ALLOW ENEMIES TO COME (FOR FREE…I AM SURE ARABS AND OTHER ENEMIES PAY ZERO !) TO ISRAEL FOR TREATMENT…LET THEM GO TO THE OTHER 22 ARAB COUNTRIES FOR TREATMENT ! COULD JEWS GO TO ARAB COUNTRIES FOR TREATMENT OR LIVE THERE SAFELY PROTECTED AND TREATED LIKE FULL CITIZENS ??? EVEN USA JEWS WOULD BE IN DANGER TRAVELING AROUND IN ARAB COUNTRIES OR TRYING TO LIVE THERE

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