Thousands protest against Prawer Plan on August 1, 2013

5 August 2013

Thousands gathered on the afternoon of August 1 to protest what is widely considered to be a continuation of the Nakba. Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals gathered everywhere from the West Bank, to Gaza, to within the Israeli border, and beyond at international solidarity demonstrations.

Demonstrations marked three years since the first demolition in the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Naqab desert. Because of the “unrecognized” status of the village, demolitions have continued. The Prawer Plan proposes to remove Bedouin citizens of Israel from their homes and push them into planned communities, which policy makers claim will improve their lives. However, Bedouin communities are protesting in an effort to protect their indigenous ways of life. They do not wish to relocate.

This ‘Day of Rage’ mark the beginning of a new struggle; many Bedouin citizens of Israel have taken up the Palestinian flag at these protests, identifying with a Palestinian national identity rather than an Israeli national identity.

PSP volunteers gathered at the Naqab desert near Beer Sheva for a non-violent demonstration of just under 1000 people. Clashes between protestors and police were minimal, if there were any at all. There seemed to have been no arrests at this demonstration.