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Opposition Mounts To Israel's Arab Bedouin Transfer Plan

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December 11, 2013 AT 11:27 AM
Israel is promoting a plan to transfer some 40,000 Arab Bedouin citizens from traditional villages into towns despite opposition by activists and senior government officials that threatens to derail it. Government supporters say the resettlement would encourage development, but that was repeatedly challenged by residents of the villages in Israel's southern Negev desert. "It's a bad plan, nobody here was asked. It's racist, and means to evict people from their homes with no alternative," said Huda Abu Ubayd, a local university student who startled government organizers of a tour for journalists by chanting slogans and passing out leaflets.