British public figures slam Israel's Prawer Plan

50 British public figures signed a letter condemning what they call ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes'.

British public figures slam Israel's Prawer Plan

World Bulletin / News Desk

A number of British public figures have signed a letter protesting against Israel’s Prawer Plan to evict 70,000 native Arab Bedouins in the Negev desert from their homes.

The plan, named after government commission head Ehud Prawer, is set to raize 35 ‘unrecognized’ villages from the desert to make way for new Israeli settlements.

The letter, which was published in the Guardian on Saturday, describes the move as ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes and land, and systematic discrimination and separation’.

One of the people who penned their name to the letter, Miranda Pennell, who is a well-known film-maker, was quoted in the Guardian saying: "Citizenship counts for nothing in Israel if you happen to be an Arab. Tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin are being forcibly displaced from their homes and lands. At the same time, there are Israeli government advertisements on the web that promise you funding as a British immigrant to come and live in 'vibrant communities' in the Negev – if you are Jewish. This is ethnic cleansing."

Actor David Calder added: "The Israeli state not only practices apartheid against the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, but it seems they have no hesitation in practicing apartheid on their own citizens – in this instance, the Bedouins. When is the west going to find these actions intolerable?"

 

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