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  • PHOTOS: Bedouin protest deadly police shootings in Israel

    Police shoot and kill a Bedouin man during an arrest raid, later killing another man at his funeral. A general strike is called and protests take place across Israel. Text by Yael Marom and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Photos and reporting by Activestills.org Protests took place across Israel on Tuesday following the police shooting death of Bedouin citizen of Israel Sami Ja’ar last week and the death of another man, Sami Ziadna, during clashes that took place at his funeral in the desert city of Rahat. The Arab Higher Monitoring Committee declared a general strike on Tuesday and protests were held…

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  • PHOTOS: Police kill Bedouin man, wound dozens at funeral

    Israeli police clash with Bedouin protesters during the funeral of Sami Ja'ar, who was shot by officers last week during a police operation in the southern city of Rahat. Text by Michal Rotem Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Israeli police shot and killed 43-year-old Sami Ziadna and wounded a 50-year-old man, along with dozens of others Sunday night during clashes that erupted at a funeral in the southern city of Rahat. Police fired live bullets, tear gas and sound grenades during the funeral of Sami Ja'ar, who was shot to death in the early hours of Thursday morning during a police…

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  • Negev Bedouin are now demolishing their own homes out of despair

    After losing a lengthy legal battle against the state, residents of the unrecognized Bedouin village Sawa decided that demolishing their own homes is preferable to seeing the authorities do it. By Michal Rotem On Tuesday of last week, the residents of Sawa, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev Desert, used their own money to rent a bulldozer that would destroy seven of their own homes. For hours, one could hear the sounds of pounding hammers and a bulldozer driving back and forth, its blade full of pieces of what moments ago was someone's home. The residents of Sawa decided…

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  • The Beaten Path: Tel Aviv's after hours - a night apart (part 12)

    Tel Aviv isn't a single bubble, but rather a bubble made up of myriad sexual, political and social identities. But between the sex, drugs and rock n' roll lies a city whose nightlife is also full of homegrown segregation. Part 12 of Yuval Ben-Ami’s journey through the Holy Land’s most popular tourist sites. It was American-Jewish thinker Abraham Joshua Heschel who proposed, in his essay dedicated to the holy Seventh Day, that the Sabbath is "a palace in time." “Judaism," he wrote, "teaches us to be attached to holiness in time, to be attached to sacred events, to learn how to consecrate…

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  • 'Truth commission' uncovers the history of Bedouin dispossession

    An informal 'Public Truth Commission' set out to find exactly what happened to the Negev Bedouin between 1948 and 1960. While Bedouin witnesses told stories of massacres, rape and expulsions, former Israeli soldiers said they were just following orders.  By Tom Pessah I identify as straight, so I cannot claim to know how it feels to be in the closet. But I do have friends who identify as LGBTQ, and they have taught me a little about what it is like: to constantly evade the subject is exhausting. If you demand that people hide such central parts of their identities,…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians protest Ramallah firm's role in displacing Bedouin

    Palestinians in Ramallah protest the Assia architectural firm's collaboration with the Israeli Civil Administration in a project to forcibly relocate Bedouin in the West Bank. Israel's Civil Administration, the military government that rules over Palestinians in the West Bank, is pushing forward with a plan to remove thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from lands in the occupied West Bank, including an especially contentious area east of Jerusalem known as 'E1.' The plan calls for the forcible relocation of as many as 12,500 Bedouin to a new town in the Jordan Valley. Activists recently discovered that the latest plan was commissioned to a Palestinian architectural firm called…

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  • Following wave of protests, Israel arrests scores of Arab activists, minors

    Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel have been detained in recent weeks, including dozens of minors. Abusive interrogations and preemptive arrests suggest that many of the tactics of occupation have crossed the Green Line. By Hagar Sheizaf (Translated by Ofer Neiman) The murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir and the military onslaught in Gaza have brought about a wave of protest among Arab citizens of Israel. Reports on that wave should be supplemented by unprecedented data: more than 410 Arab citizens of Israel have been arrested on various grounds related to their participation in demonstrations since July 5, according to data provided…

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  • Israel's Bedouin: Civilians in death alone

    Israel denies Bedouin citizens basic services in life but claims them as civilians when they die. Over 400 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its current military operation in Gaza. According to the United Nations, approximately three-quarters of Gaza’s dead are civilians; many are children. In Israel, two civilians have been killed. One was a Bedouin, the 32-year-old Oudi Lafi al-Waj, who lived in an unrecognized village in the Negev (Naqab) desert, near Dimona. Several Bedouin children have also been injured by rocket fire since Israel began “Operation Protective Edge.” Bedouin villages do not have air raid sirens, nor…

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  • Israel, state of all its victims

    Like the failed peace process or the policy of severing Gaza from the West Bank, the plight of the Bedouin in Israel is one more long-term problem that there is just no time to solve. Two Israeli sisters, 10 and 13, were wounded yesterday by Hamas rocket fire in the Negev. One of them is in critical condition with stomach wounds and underwent emergency surgery in Be'er Sheva, according to Israeli news. Maram and Atir Wakili are Bedouin; their grandfather Ibrahim, interviewed on Channel 10, explained that they live in far-flung areas where they are unable to hear sirens. And if…

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  • 'They left us no choice': On military escalation and its Israeli rationale

    The alternatives to military action shouldn’t only be examined when things blow up, but rather in the context of the months and years that preceded this latest round of fighting. When it comes to using military force, I find Netanyahu to be one of the most restrained prime ministers Israel has ever had. I don’t think Bibi wanted this escalation, nor does he believe that it serves his immediate political interests. He did give Hamas a chance for a ceasefire, and the army is escalating its attacks on Gaza very gradually – unlike in Operation Cast Lead for example, in…

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  • WATCH: Living in the shadow of the Prawer Plan

    Following a series of high-profile protests that seemingly ended one iteration of the Prawer Plan, nobody — especially those who would be most affected — knows where the plan to displace tens of thousands of Bedouin Israelis stands today. Social TV visits two unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev, Al-Araqib and Alsira, to see how people live under the threat of displacement. Read +972's full coverage of the Prawer Plan to displace Bedouin Read +972's full coverage of the Prawer Plan to displace Bedouin

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  • When 'The New York Times' embeds its reporters with the IDF

    Embedded journalism is a controversial issue. Many claim that it replaces oversight and criticism with propaganda. I tend to agree. This admiring tone was evident in the pieces published by embedded Israeli reporters this week during the IDF's crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank. It must have also been part of the reason why Haaretz chose not to run such a report. The New York Times' Jodi Rudoren had no such concerns. Just like reporters from Israel Hayom and Yedioth Ahronoth, Rudoren was embedded within an army unit conducting searches for the missing teens. The report she filed is not a news item—it's…

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  • In Al-Arakib, even the dead face eviction

    The Bedouin village of Al-Arakib has been demolished 63 times since 2010. Now it's dealing with its latest challenge: eviction orders for the deceased. By Michal Rotem (translated by Yehudit Keshet) On May 21, 2014, eight eviction orders were placed on structures in the cemetery of Al-Arakib, a Bedouin village in the Negev that has been demolished over 60 times. The evictions are to take place between June 12 and July 12 – what's known as a “flexible eviction.” However, some of the eviction orders were also issued against people who are no longer living, and are buried in the…

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