Nasser was only 4 years old in June 1986 when Israel’s Civil Administration declared his village an archaeological site and expropriated it. He doesn’t remember being driven out of the cave in which he was born, but his 70-year-old mother, Um Jihad, recalls it vividly.
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ranted against Iran, his government was preparing to implement the Prawer Plan, a blueprint for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel into state-run, reservation-style townships—just one element of an emerging program to dominate all space and the lives of all people between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.
A new order from the Israel Defense Forces will enable the government to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank. The military order defines anyone who is in the West Bank illegally as an “infiltrator,” and gives the IDF the ability to deport or arrest Palestinians without other cause.