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June 25, 2013 10:53 am

Bedouin Bill Passes First Knesset Reading, Despite Protest from Arab MKs

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A Bedouin encampment near the Ramat Hovav industrial zone in the Negev. The proposed Prawer Law, which would retroactively legalize tens of thousands of Bedouin structures, has angered anti-settlements NGOs because it stipulates that several thousand Bedouin must relocate from positions in close proximity to Ramat Hovav, a site that has been deemed unsuitable for residential zoning due to the pollutants emitted from the factories. Photo: Shay Levy/Flash90.

Ynet – Arab Knesset members left the plenum Monday evening in protest of the Praver Bill, which aims to evict illegal Bedouin communities in the Negev. The Arab MKs returned to the plenum only after Welfare Minister Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid) finished presenting the bill, but later on some of them tore the bill.

The bill passed the first reading with a narrow 43-40 vote.

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