Gaza police breakup an anti-Prawer Law sit-in in Al Joundi Al Majhoul square, organized by activists via Facebook.
The ‘Prawer-Begin’ law seeks to uproot and resettle the Bedouin population in the Negev; a law that would forcibly displace more than 40,000 Bedouins, lead to the destruction of their villages, and the resettlement of their lands.
On Monday, July 15, 2013, around 16:00, dozens gathered in Al Joundi Al Majhoul in the center of Gaza City and raised banners in solidarity with Palestinian Bedouins in Negev.
While the protestors gathered, individuals dressed in civilian clothes, who identified themselves as from the General Investigation Service, began announcing that the area had to be cleared under the pretext of not getting prior permission from the Interior Ministry.
Three activist-organizers replied that they filed three notifications to the Ministry of Interior, which should allow them to organize a protest, however, each time the ministry refused.
The activists continued with the protest, chanting the condemnation of the Israeli ethnic cleansing policy against the Bedouins.
After half an hour, the plain-clothed police, who had also prevented journalists from entering the sit-in, arrested three of the activist organizers, one of whom has been identified as Majed Abu Salama, 25.
Majed was taken to the headquarters of the General Investigation Service, where they confiscated his laptop and mobile phone, and kept him in a small, dirty cell for hours.
Majed was forced to sign a pledge requiring his attendance at 09:00 the next morning at the headquarters.
He was released at 7pm in the same day.