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On August 14, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel discussed government plans to build seven new lawless agricultural settlements. October 2011 plans called for establishing them in areas around Mevo'ot Arad.
Documents claimed they're part of a "Zionist vision to make the desert blossom," as well as "strengthening organized Jewish settlement."
Doing so involves destroying five bedouin villages. They're home to 8,000 Palestinians. Israel plans stealing 45,000 acres it claims are "empty of population" except for "sparse bedouin scatterings."
Three of the five villages existed pre-1948. The other two were established in the 1950s when Israel forcibly moved Palestinians from other Negev locations. Israel wants their land for new settlements.
Seizing it also involves damaging infrastructure. Also planned is developing existing communities further by stealing more Palestinian land. According to ACRI attorney Rawia Aburabia:
"A country that is committed to equality among its citizens cannot decide to remove Bedouin communities in order to establish new communities for Jewish residents."
Behind the words 'vision' and 'making a wasteland blossom' " hides Israel's lawless intention to steal all valued Judea and Samaria areas.
Bimkom city planner Nili Bruch added:
"In past decades, many resources were invested in the establishment of more and more settlements for Jews only, at the expense of veteran residents of the Negev - bedouins in unrecognized villages who suffer from criminal neglect, and residents of cities and Jewish villages who also suffer from neglect and are desperate for new residents. This plan has no justice and no logic - financially, civilly or environmentally."
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