According to an Israeli media report, the Israeli government has completed work on a massive, far-reaching plan that would expel an estimated 36,000 Palestinians from “unrecognized” villages in the Negev Desert.
Given the Israeli state’s rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers “violators” and “squatters” – accusing them of illegally occupying “state lands.”
If the largest land grab in Israeli history is approved by the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body, its implementation could begin as soon as this year and would take four years to complete.
News of the plan was first published by Israel Hayom – Israel’s largest Hebrew-language newspaper, funded by Sheldon Adelson, the top donor to both U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The plan, compiled by Uri Ariel, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and his staff, features the seizure of 64,247 acres from Palestine’s Bedouins.
The size of the territory in question and the high number of Palestinians set to be affected has led some to call the plan the largest “land grab” of Palestinian-inhabited land since 1948, when the state of Israel was founded, with the help of London.
Israel Hayom’s report stated that, per the new plan, the Palestinian villages would be demolished.
The ruins of their homes would then become the sites of “national and infrastructure” projects, and “security” installations after the forcible “transfer” of the land’s current inhabitants to concentration camps such as Tel Sheva, Abu Talul and Umm Batin.
The Bedouin Palestinians who inhabit these lands face an uphill battle in any effort to oppose the newly drafted plan.
This is because their villages have long been “unrecognized” by the state of Israel, which has claimed that Palestinian Bedouins cannot “prove” their ownership or claim to the land.
This has been used to justify the withholding of basic services, such as running water and electricity, from these areas. Residents, even though they are technically Israeli citizens, also lack addresses and their villages do not appear on official Israeli maps.
The newly announced plan is part of a wider Israeli government push to annex Palestinian territory and ethnically cleanse areas that have already been annexed by Israel.
With the support of the Trump administration in the United States, right-wing Israeli politicians have been emboldened to introduce and promote measures that would result in the Israeli government’s complete annexation of Palestine’s West Bank.
Palestine’s West Bank has been under Israeli military rule since 1967 and has lost substantial amounts of land to the construction of illegal Jewish-only settlements supported by the Israeli regime.
In addition, within areas already controlled by Israel, the effort to erase Palestinian communities is also picking up steam.
It should be no surprise then that Uri Ariel, who drafted this latest plan, is one of the Israeli government’s top proponents of ethnic cleansing of Palestinian-inhabited territories.
A member of the far-right Jewish Home party and vocal proponent of illegal settlements, Ariel stated last June that the Israeli government should forcibly annex 60% percent of the West Bank.
Ariel seems to have finally garnered the power and the political support to make his long-planned push to ethnically cleanse Palestinian communities a reality.
Any Arab country protesting the behavior will get gravely punished, like Yemen, where biological weapons were used to poison the people with Cholera, or like in Iraq, where 500.000 children we murdered according to official records of UNESCO.
Or like Syria where the foreign military troops and terrorists used depleted uranium in the munition (*radio-active pollution) and phosphorous bombs.
But also the million Rohindya refugee population in Myanmar that got deported to Bangladesh with the help of Israeli secret services. Do not mess with the Israeli regime.
Mint Press / ABC Flash Point News 2019.