JERUSALEM – 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.