Youth Against Settlements group organized a protest vigil on Thursday, August 1st, 2013, near the Sumud house in Tel Rumeida, in the city of Hebron, against the Prawer Plan that aims to drive out the Arab inhabitants of the Naqab.
This came in conjunction and coordination with national events, which were launched today against the Plan both in the 1948 occupied lands and the West Bank as well as a number of countries around the world. These actions, which were organized in response to calls for the escalation of popular action in an attempt to prevent the implementation of the Prawer Plan, were titled “Day of Rage” in the Negev and were part of the youth campaign “Prawer Will Not Pass”.
Protesters chanted slogans condemning and rejecting the Prawer Plan as well as calling for national unity and solidarity in support of the residents of the Naqab in their struggle against oppression and discrimination.
Badia Dweik, deputy coordinator of Youth Against Settlements said: We gather here today, local and international activists, to confirm that the Zionist entity commits crimes with premeditation and careful planning and not by chance or mistake. Dweik added: this racism, expulsion, ethnic cleansing and discrimination against Palestinians should awaken the conscience of liberals around the world and international human rights organizations should take responsibility, because it is inconceivable that Israel slowly fragmentizes Palestinian identity while the world looks on.
It should be mentioned that Amnesty International called Israel to abandon the Prawer Plan immediately and protect the legitimate protests against the Plan, which allows for the forced evacuation of more than 30 thousand Palestinians in the Naqab desert.