There are over 160,000 Bedouins in Negev who are denied basic rights such as water and electricity. Israel had been in a debate about where to move Bedouins into a more civilized town where they will be granted homes, water, electricity, school, and job training.
But it has been criticized by both sides. One side argues it is too generous of an offer and the other is arguing that the plan is removing indigenous Arabs from their land is racist.
Why not just improve Bedouin’s quality of life from their current homes? Government officials say,” impossible because their tents, tin shacks and other illegal structures are scattered over many miles.”
On November 30, 2013 as known as “Rage Day” had gathered people in protest of this legislation being drafted. Now it has been pushed aside and dropped. Many legislators still support the idea, but to create a plan that will combine what the government and the Bedouin want.
“Netanyahu had agreed to have his staff continue development work in Bedouin areas. But without the plan or a comparable replacement, he warned, “the problems in the Negev will only intensify from year to year.”
Which side do you agree with? Is it a generous offer? Or is it racist?
Do you think this proposal will just drop all together?