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    • zionist forever
    • 21.10.11 | 17:25 (IST)

    Israel is a very small country and it wants to develop the Negev and if the Bedouin are in the way then they must go for the benefit if the country as a whole. Other than the fact its on a larger scale whats the difference between somebody being forced to sell their house because the government wants to build a road and that house is in the way so they want to pull it down? That sort of thing goes on all over the world. Whilst the Bedouin do own some of the lands the state wants to appropriate most of the land they have built homes on belongs to the state anyway and the Bedouin are either there illegally or they are there legally and they just don't pay rent. The government is allocating the Bedouin new lands to make up for the ones they are appropriating and they are also giving billions of shekels in compensation. Maybe its not market value and they don't want to go but when was compulsory purchase ever really fair? We have to face up to the fact the government ha big plans for the Negev and traditional Bedouin life is just not compatible so they need to compromise move to new lands the state is giving them and take the compensation money and just say we didn't want this but hey well life doesn't always go as we would like it to.

    from the article: Israeli plan to relocate 30,000 Bedouin a gross injustice, say researchers
    First published 12:33 21.10.11 | Last updated 12:33 21.10.11
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