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Political: January 27, 2013

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The Government has approved a proposal for the regulation of Bedouin settlements in the Negev, including alterations by Minister Benny Begin to the original plan. The proposal’s goal was to bring about an end to Bedouins’ ownership claims over Negev lands, all the while offering a compensation plan and practical solutions that would appease the Bedouins and bring an end to illegal construction. Head of the Council of Unrecognized Villages, Ibrahim Al-Valkili, said: “I would prefer they amend the current proposal instead of authorizing it as is. There are many articles that we’re uncomfortable with. Our position was that we should be partners in this process, as it deals with land, compensation and moving people from one place to another.” (Ynetnews)

(Hebrew – Ynet)

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January 27th, 2013 at 10:48 am

Economy and Society: January 27, 2013

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The Government has approved a proposal for regulating Bedouin settlement in the Negev, even though the proposal was not made public beforehand, nor was it shown to the Bedouin to which it applies. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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January 27th, 2013 at 9:27 am

Closed Society: July ‎‏7‏‎, 2012‎

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The roofs of the mess rooms and classrooms in the tent city being built in the Negev to house African asylum seekers contain the hazardous material asbestos. This despite the caution on the Ministry of the Environment website that Mesothelioma cancer can be caused even by low to medium levels of exposure to asbestos.

(Hebrew)

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July 7th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Economy and Society: March 2‎‏4‏‎, 2012‎

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Representatives of Negev Bedouins and human rights organizations approached Minister Benny Begin (Likud), responsible for the government’s bill for Resolving Bedouin residency in the Negev, and asked for more time to submit objections to the bill. The bill was formally published in January, but it only appeared on the Prime Minister’s site in Hebrew. Most Bedouin villages in the Negev have no electricity and no internet access. Printed booklets with Arabic translation of the proposal were only distributed in mid-February.

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March 24th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Political: February 12, 2012

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The Ministerial Committee for Legislation decided to authorize a proposed bill that grants a tax break on donations for “encouraging settlement”. The proposition, forwarded by Likud MKs Ze’ev Elkin and Zion Pinyan grants a tax break of up to 35% on donations to settlements in the Galilee, Negev, and West Bank.

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February 12th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Political: June 2, 2011

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The government will vote on a plan to move nearly 30 thousand Bedouins in the Negev, which are about 40 percent from the 71 thousand Bedouin who reside in the area. According to the plan, the Bedouins will be moved to extensions of existing Bedouin towns such as Rahat, Kuseife and Hura, and will be compensated with money and land. The plan is a layout to the implementation of the recommendations of the Goldberg report regarding the Bedouins’ settlement arrangements. Representatives of the Bedouin and human rights organizations sent an urgent letter to the Prime Minister and the ministers warning them that the outline which was suggested by the application team contradicts the recommendations of the Goldberg Committee and the policy of the National Planning Committee in recent years.

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Closed Society: 13 April, 2011

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A new report by the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality reveals: under-representation of Arabs in state service in the Southern District; Poor governmental services in Beduin towns, and in government offices in Be’er Sheba, where there are only two signs in the Arabic language.

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(report in Hebrew)

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April 13th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Closed Society: 28 February, 2011

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Not long before the vote on the admission committees bill, an additional change has been made to the wording of the bill: according to the proposal of MK Michael Ben Ari, in a settlement in which 80% of the residents agree, the settlement rabbi will be the final determining factor to make the decision and determine whether or not a candidate is worthy of being admitted to a settlement.

Hebrew

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February 28th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Education: 25 October, 2010

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350 pupils in the village of Sawa’yeen still haven’t started the school-year, two months after it officially began. Their parents refuse (Hebrew) to send them to school, saying it is too distant. The original school in which the children studied is in Segev Shalom, but at the decision of the local council and the Ministry of Education, it was decided to transfer them to other schools, some of them as far as 17 kilometers from their homes, with no school rides.

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October 25th, 2010 at 2:09 pm