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BA4P: Israel's Bedouin Communities

(1) Resources:
(2) Articles: below (latest first)

  • ADALAH: « Forced Displacement | Position Paper » (Adalah - The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel, May 2023): click here.
    I. Introduction: Since its establishment, Israel has consistently pursued practices of forced displacement, as part of its deliberate and longstanding pattern of seizing Palestinian land for use and ownership by Jewish Israelis. The Israeli state has historically set a clear goal of expanding Jewish land ownership and development with the aim of "Judaizing the land", and has consistently prioritized this objective through a number of laws and policies. In 2018, Israel enshrined this objective into a basic law – with constitutional force – through the Jewish Nation State Law (“JNSL”), which explicitly states that expanding Jewish settlements is a national priority: “The State views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation..."
  • « Bedouin Communities Under Threat in the Naqab » Adalah / Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights / Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages in Negev: click here.
    This interactive map guides viewers through the ongoing forced displacement faced by Bedouin communities in the Naqab. The map is divided into three main sections. The first section provides an overview of all of the Bedouin villages in the Naqab. The second section displays a map of Bedouin villages that are currently under imminent threat of displacement. The third section provides a detailed guide of the "development" and infrastructure plans that Israel is pursuing, which are designed to induce displacement of the Bedouins and provide benefits exclusively for Jewish citizens.

Articles (latest first):
  • Elisheva GOLDBERG: « The Palestinian Village in Smotrich’s Sights » (Jewish Currents, 23 May 2023): click here.
    Destroying the hamlet of Khan al-Ahmar has become a priority for Israel’s settler right, which aims to “cut the West Bank into two.”
  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA: « After Years of Israel's Neglect, Preschool Still Out of Reach for Many Bedouin Children » (Haaretz, May 8, 2023): click here.
    Over 5,000 children are unregistered to education institutions, with registration among Jews standing at 100 percent. Among the causes: Lack of facilities, and transportation difficulties.
  • Yumna PATEL: « Saving Masafer Yatta: The Fight Against Expulsion » (Mondoweiss, Aug 2, 2022): click here.
    In May 2022 the Israeli Supreme Court ruled to expel the Palestinians living in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank and hand their land over to the Israeli military. Meet the Palestinians fighting to stay in their homes and resist what rights groups are calling a war crime under international law.
  • Tamara TAMIMI, Osama RISHEQ: « Palestinian Bedouins in the E-1 Corridor: A Critique of Donor Aid » (Al-Shabaka, July 18, 2022): click here.
    The E-1 corridor, located within Area C of the central West Bank, receives large sums of humanitarian aid, purportedly to help preserve the viability of a future Palestinian state within a two-state solution. The aid is meant to support the Palestinian Bedouin communities affected by Israel’s plan to isolate East Jerusalem from the remainder of the West Bank and to bifurcate the West Bank, rendering territorial contiguity impossible.
  • Nati YEFET & Deiaa HAJ YAHIA: « Palestinian Bedouins in the E-1 Corridor: A Critique of Donor Aid » (Haaretz, June 2, 2022): click here.
    The Israeli government plans to raze Ras Jrabah in order to expand the city of Dimona; villagers argue that they should simply be integrated into the city.
  • Emily GLICK: « Portraits of Resistance in Masafer Yatta » (Jewish Currents, November 10, 2021): click here.
    Israel’s Supreme Court will soon decide the case of the residents of Masafer Yatta, who have lived for decades under the threat of displacement by the military.
  • Afif ABU MUCH: « Report finds Negev Bedouins remain poorest population in Israel » Al-Monitor, 30 Sept 2021): click here.
    The latest report by State Comptroller Matanyahu Engelman highlights the plight of the Bedouin communities living in the Negev region, with little progress seen despite their new representation in the governing coalition.
  • Almog BEN ZIKRI: « Report finds Negev Bedouins remain poorest population in Israel » (Haaretz, November 24, 2020): click here.
    Although Supreme Court's verdict cuts the fee down to almost a third, the attorney representing the six activists questions why Bedouin are charged for demolitions, while settlers are compensated.
  • Morad ELSANA: « Left to fend for themselves, Israel’s Bedouin are struggling with COVID-19 » (MEI@75, October 29, 2020): click here.
    The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all communities in Israel, but it has hit some of them much harder than others. The plight of the Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) has been widely publicized, but the Bedouin of the Negev Desert are also being devastated by the pandemic and no one seems to care.
  • Jack KHOURY: « Israel Revokes Citizenship of Hundreds of Negev Bedouin, Leaving Them Stateless » (Haaretz, August 25, 2017): click here.
    Some were citizens for 40 years, served in the army and paid their taxes, but had their status canceled with a single keystroke and no further explanation.


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