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  12/11/2011, Kislev 15, 5772

PA Flag at Negev Bedouin Demonstation


Thousands of Bedouin demonstrated, outside the Prime Minister's Office during Sunday morning's cabinet meeting, against approval of the outline of the Goldberg Committee's recommendations on settling claims on Negev land, which called for the state to authorize as yet unauthorized communities, but also called for strict enforcement of laws against illegal construction. The demonstration marked the fourth anniversary of the release of the committee's report.

Bedouin struck work and commerce in a number of Negev villages to make the trip to Jerusalem, claiming the recommendations represented an attempt to confiscate their land. Demonstrators carried signs that read, "No to eviction. Yes to authorization," and called for an immediate end to forestation of Al-Arkiv, an illegal village build on Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet) land, which has been razed eight times. Some demonstrators also waived flags of the Palestinian Authority.