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Bedouins protest Negev displacement plans
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 AL-QUDS(JERUSALEM), Alray - Dozens of Negev Bedouins joined a demonstration in front of( (Israel's) Knesset on Monday to protest the forced displacement of nearly 40,000 Bedouins.

Palestinian Knesset members Ibrahim Sarsour, Ahmad Tibi, Masood Ghanayim and Talab Abu Arar took part in the protest.

Abu Arar, who is leading a campaign to protect Negev Bedouins, appealed to "rational (Israeli) officials" to halt implementation of the Begin plan, which he called a "racist, apartheid law."

Bedouins "are not immigrants from a foreign country, but indigenous owners of the land," he added.

Ramiz Jaraisy, the mayor of Nazareth, and MKs Hana Sweid and Afou Ighbariyya also attended the Jerusalem protest.

In early May, (Israel's) Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill which outlines a framework for implementing the Begin plan.

The plan will forcibly evict nearly 40,000 Bedouins and destroy their communal and social fabric, condemning them to a future of poverty and unemployment, the Association for Civil Rights in (Israel) says.

  (Israel) refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house nearly 90,000 people.

The (Israeli)state denies them access to basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity and running water, and refuses to place them under municipal jurisdiction.