UN rights chief slams Israel Bedouin resettlement plan

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UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations human rights chief Thursday urged Israel to reconsider a proposed law that would result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages, displacing as many as 40,000 members of these communities from their ancestral homes.
“As citizens of Israel, the Arab Bedouins are entitled to the same rights to property, housing and public services as any other group in Israel,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. “The Govt must recognize and respect the specific rights of its Bedouin communities, including recognition of Bedouin land ownership claims.”  The first reading of the proposed bill, known as the Prawer-Begin Bill, passed by a narrow margin in the Knesset on 24 June, according to a statement issued by the OHCHR office.

Source: The Nation

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