Week in Review: Israel’s Bedouin Resettlement Plan, “Homeland”‘s Diplomatic Impact and more!

By | Dec 19, 2013

Last week the Israeli government announced it was suspending the controversial Bedouin resettlement bill, a five-year economic development initiative that would have legalized and provided infrastructure for some Bedouin villages in the northern Negev, while forcing others to relocate. The move comes after the bill was fiercely criticized by both ends of the political spectrum—those on the left said the legislation would result in up to 40,000 Bedouins losing their land, while those on the right argued that Israel would be giving land away to people who could not prove their ownership of it. For more on this debate, read arguments for and against the bill in Moment.

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