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Israeli media ordered handover of anti-Prawer protests footage
Israeli media ordered handover of anti-Prawer protests footage
During the arrest of an anti-prawer protester (World Bulletin Photo)
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Gaza, ALRAY - Israeli police ordered media outlets Monday to turn over all photographs taken at Saturday's Naqab (Negev) demonstrations against Israel's Prawer Plan. 

World Bulletin quoted Israeli daily Haaretz as saying that "police provided no explanation for the unusual order, but they are investigating violent clashes between stone-throwing demonstrators and police, who used stun grenades, tear gas and water cannons during the protests against the Prawer Plan.

The "day of rage" demonstrations ended with 34 protesters arrested and 15 officers wounded.

The Southern District of the Israel Police force communicated the order directly to photographers via a text message.

"All the media in the State of Israel to hand over any documentation of the riots at Hura Junction and the surroundings on November 30, 2013,” the message said.

Haaretz and Israel's two biggest news networks, Channel 10 and Channel 2, said they would challenge the order in court. 

The Israeli occupation classifies approximately 40 villages in the Naqab (Negev) Desert as "unrecognized," arguing that the roughly 53,000 Arab Bedouins living there cannot prove their ownership of the land.

The Prawer Plan is said to be a continuation of the 1948 Nakba.

The Palestinian Government in Gaza called for cancelling this plan, which grossly violates the constitutional rights of the Arab Bedouin citizens to property, dignity, equality, adequate housing, and freedom to choose their own residence, before it becomes law.