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Large protests held against plans to resettle nomadic Bedouin Arabs in Israeli desert

  • A Palestinians activist is detained by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinians activist is detained by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Israeli Jewish settler shoots in the air as Palestinians protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    An Israeli Jewish settler shoots in the air as Palestinians protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian activist is detained by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinian activist is detained by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Israel say protests over a plan to resettle nomadic Bedouin Arabs in the southern Negev desert caused injuries and led to some arrests.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says hundreds protested in a Negev village Saturday and threw rocks at police. He says four officers were hurt and nine protesters were arrested. Other protests were held in Jerusalem and Haifa.

Protests are over a bill that would move thousands of Bedouins into government-recognized villages. Protesters charge the plan would confiscate Bedouin land. Israel says the moves are necessary to provide basic services that many Bedouins lack.

Officials say the plan calls for the vast majority of Bedouin to live where they are, while allowing them to preserve their traditions in a modern state.