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  8/14/2012, Av 26, 5772

Israel to Create Seven New Negev Communities


Israel plans creating seven new communities near Arad in the southern Negev region. Such a move would help alleviate the housing shortage and create new jobs for to the underpopulated region. The Prawer Committee has been trying to create win-win solutions for Israel's growing population while still maintaining the ecology of the Negev desert. The committee also hopes to stop illegal Bedouin Muslim squatters who has taken over tracts of land in the region. A group called Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality petitioned the Supreme Court on Tuesday complaining that the squatters would have their rights denied by the establishment of new townships. According to their website, the group is partial funded by the New Israel Fund. The Prawer Committee has attempted to integrate members of the Bedouin community into mainstream society.