They were displaced to a regional garbage dump. Their homes were demolished. They had no say. Israel wanted their land for Jewish development.
Most Bedouins were expelled from the Negev in 1948. Some lived on Israeli declared land. Others lived on private Palestinian land.
Twenty Bedouin communities living in the E1 corridor now face eviction. Whether or not construction begins, Israel wants them out.
About 2,300 people are affected. They have no say. Israel freely violates their rights. They're removed at the whim of ruthless authorities. They're prevented from building permanent housing or connecting to essential infrastructure.
They're dispossessed on their own with no rights. ACRI calls Netanyahu's Bedouin policies particularly harsh and discouraging.
Around 160,000 Bedouins live in Israel. Over half live in so-called unrecognized villages. Around 35 communities are affected. They're denied schools, healthcare, running water, electricity, paved roads, postal service, and other vital services.
Most are deeply impoverished. They struggle daily to get by. Israel's Prawer Plan intends greater harshness. Forced displacement will affect tens of thousands of Israeli citizens.
It's a significant blow to justice. It facilitates state-sponsored discrimination. It spurns fundamental rights. It summarily disenfranchises long neglected people who deserve better.
It contradicts Goldberg Commission findings. They called Bedouin treatment unjust and ineffective. It recommended injustices be corrected by recognizing their communities as they exist.
Israel refuses. Historic injustices continue. Netanyahu wants harsher enforcement. He represents the worst of despot authority.
From day to day, Bedouin communities aren't sure whether police, soldiers and bulldozers will show up to evict them forcibly.
Israeli Jews and Arabs face public housing crisis conditions. The issue was central during summer 2011 protesters. Netanyahu promised change. He lied. He did nothing. Harsh neoliberal policies remain.
Knesset hardliners oppose affordable housing legislation. At the same time, they "systematically eviscerate" what's left of public housing.
Water rights were harmed when rates were raised sharply. Nothing in place or planned protects disadvantaged, elderly or disabled Israelis. Arab citizens and Palestinians are entirely out of luck.
West Bank housing and water rights are more tenuous. Palestinians are gravely affected. Israel controls Area C. Many Palestinians live there. Brutal persecution affects them.
Homes are demolished. Cisterns are destroyed. Netanyahu's Levy Commission recommendations will be followed.