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  • PHOTOS: A life of discrimination for Negev Bedouin

    In honor of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Negev Coexistence Forum For Civil Equality and Activestills highlight the immense gaps between the recognized Bedouin villages and the Jewish towns in the Negev. The conclusion is clear: while the basic rights of the Bedouin residents have been recognized by the government, they are still violated on a regular basis. Text: Michal Rotam / Negev Coexistence Forum For Civil Equality Photos: Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org Over the past decade, the Israeli government decided to recognize 13 previously unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev. While the recognition of two…

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  • 'This is not a life': A journey to Israel's 'open' detention center

    When a group of Jewish Israelis set out for the Holot 'open prison' in the Negev, they were hoping to sing Christmas carols to the asylum seekers. But by the time they got there, the things they saw and heard made it clear that there was nothing to sing about. By Ayla Peggy Adler When asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan walked out of the Holot prison last week, they walked out of obscurity. Until then, even people like myself who had been involved in their community six years ago when they first arrived to Israel—and who, three years later,…

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  • Sweeping the sand out of the desert: From Verwoerd to Prawer

    The Prawer-Begin Plan was shelved. But the idea that you can forcefully transfer an indigenous population and determine where it can legally reside -- looks and smells like a plan pulled from the dusty drawer of Hendrik Verwoerd, architect of Apartheid South Africa. And that didn’t work out so well. By Hilla Dayan Sadly, it was too early to celebrate the downfall of the Prawer-Begin Plan. The victory of suspending the Knesset vote following the the “day of rage” protests on November 30 was short lived. The dark threatening cloud of ethnic cleansing still hovers over the Negev's Bedouin population. Nevertheless,…

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  • PHOTOS: Second 'march for freedom'

    For the second time this week, 130 asylum seekers leave the Holot ‘open’ prison facility in southern Israel to march through the desert in protest of their detention and the arrest of their comrades in the previous march. This time around, immigration officers stopped the march shortly after it began. Photos By: Oren Ziv, Tali Mayer / Activestills.org  

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  • Prawer Plan may not be shelved after all

    Ex-general overseeing implementation of bill says he has not received any instructions to halt legislation process. The Prawer Plan may not be shelved after all. Just four days after the co-author of the proposed law, Benny Begin, announced the halting of the bill that would see the internal displacement of some 40,000 Bedouin in the Negev, the former IDF general who heads the unit which is to implement the "relocation" told Haaretz Monday that he has not received any instructions to shelve the plan and is continuing efforts towards its implementation. Major General (res.) Doron Almog added that Begin can…

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  • Photos of the week: Bedouin perseverance and other protests

    This week: Resisting displacement of Negev Bedouin, mourning Nelson Mandela, shootings of Palestinians by Israeli forces, marching in Nabi Saleh, protesting conscription of ultra-Orthodox Jews, taking action for animal rights, and seeking asylum for Afghan refugees.                              

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  • PHOTOS: Al Araqib celebrates return of jailed sheikh

    Sheikh Sayah Aturi returned to his home village of Al Araqib today (Tuesday) for the first time since his arrest on November 20. On that day, Al Araqib was demolished for the 62nd time while most of its residents were busy protesting in Jerusalem outside of the Knesset during committee debates on the Prawer Plan. This plan threatens to displace some 40,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel living in "unrecognized" villages in the Negev. As Haggai Matar reported: Village head Sheikh Sayakh was one of the few residents to stay behind, which led Israeli authorities to arrest him for “trespassing” on “state-owned land”…

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  • Prawer Plan: How the natives became invaders in their own homes

    The attempt to forcibly resettle a native minority population justifies international interest. If it continues, international intervention will be justified as well. Members of the foreign press in Israel received an invitation this week for a tour in the south to “explore the topic” of the Bedouin population. The visit is intended to present the plan for the arrangement of Bedouin settlement in the Negev, which, according to the invitation, aims to promote “the economic development for the Negev's Bedouin population [and] to resolve the conflict over land ownership." The tour, which will take place on December 10, is hosted by…

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  • Decades of dispossession and discrimination: Umm al-Hiran

    While the Prawer Plan has made international headlines, Israel's Bedouin have suffered from dispossession and discrimination since the state was established. Such is the story of Umm al-Hiran, which will be destroyed so a Jewish town of Hiran can be built in its place. In the unrecognized Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran, 600 people are waiting for the Israeli High Court of Justice to decide their fate. Abed Abu Al-Qia'an is a 49-year-old resident of Umm al-Hiran, which Israel plans to empty and destroy in order to make way for a new Jewish town, Hiran. “The children are panicking. All the…

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  • PHOTOS: 'Day of rage' against the Prawer Plan in five cities

    In protest of the Prawer-Begin Plan, which if implemented, will result in the forced displacement of tens of thousands of Bedouin in the Negev desert, Bedouin and other activists organized a 'day of rage.' On Saturday November 30, demonstrations took place in the southern town of Hura, in Haifa, East Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jaffa. The following is the story of those protests, in photos. Photos: Activestills.org

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  • Police drag, arrest and allegedly beat Bedouin child at anti-Prawer protest

    Adalah attorney witnesses the child being beaten inside police car, says the 14-year-old minor is accused of holding - and not throwing - a stone. Protests against the Prawer Plan, especially the central protest in the southern town of Hura, made it to top headlines on all Israel media sites last night, showing mostly the violent end of what began as peaceful protests. What wasn't reported was the violent arrest of a minor, a 14-year-old Bedouin child, who can be seen in the photo below being dragged with a gun pointed at him, and in the video below (released by…

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