Thousands of Palestinians will be displaced as part of a new Israeli plan to build several Jewish-only communities in the Negev region, in south of the Israeli territory, which will be built on top of Bedouin Palestinian villages, civil rights groups said Wednesday. The plan was approved by the Israeli government on Sunday, and allows the construction of five Jewish settlements in the Negev region, according to Telesur/Al Ray. Israeli Minister of Housing Yoav Galant hailed the government's decision and said the region should be turned “into a desired and flourishing area, in accordance with the Zionist vision.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called, on Sunday, for more Jewish communities 'to be built quickly while bypassing bureaucratic processes.'
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