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Israel plans construction scheme to facilitate Bedouin land confiscation

February 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Israeli media sources reported on Monday May 13, that the Israeli government plans to construct a city in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley for Palestinian Bedouins.

Palestinians are of the opinion that the scheme will indirectly allow Israel to control vast areas of land where the Bedouin have lived and worked for decades. It will also free the Occupation from the embarrassment caused by the series of prosecutions, assaults and acts of displacement that the Israeli authorities carry out against Bedouin families and farmers in order to displace them.

The Israeli news site Walla reported that this step is similar, in one way or another, to what Israel has done and is still doing to the Bedouins of the Negev who have been besieged and then resettled in specific areas so that their land could be confiscated by the authorities.

The website said that the Zionist Occupation’s civil administration intends to “develop the region inhabited by Bedouins in the West Bank, and change it into a city for the Palestinians to reside in.”

According to the scheme, an area of about 1800 acres will be handed over for the purpose of constructing buildings which Palestinians will be moved to. The city will be named Nueimeh and all building construction will require the procurement of a license from the so-called “Civil Administration”, because the planned city is located in Area C.