Analysis News
Visit our Hebrew site, "Local Call" , in partnership with Just Vision.

Negev/Naqab

  • Sent to prison for trespassing on his own land

    Israeli authorities have demolished Al-Araqib over 100 times. Before heading to prison for rebuilding and staying on his land, the village's leader says he knows justice is on his side. “I have a good feeling I’ll be in prison alongside Netanyahu,” Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi’am jokes, sitting in a tent in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, which Israeli authorities have demolished well over 100 times — 136 times, to be exact. [tmwinpost] Later this month, Abu Madi’am is supposed to begin serving a 10-month prison sentence for unlawfully entering and trespassing on public land — his village’s land. A court case…

    Read More...
  • In Be'er Sheva, coexistence is 'political,' and can get you evicted

    The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Quality has been a fixture in the city of Be'er Sheva for decades. Now, following pressure from far-right activists, the city is evicting it. By Yehudit Keshet The city of Be’er Sheva is trying to evict the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, the only place where Jews and Arabs can meet to work together and promote equality and understanding, following a concerted effort by far-right extremists. [tmwinpost] The Forum has been operating out of a Jewish-Arab community center, located in a renovated bomb shelter, since 1996 — all under one condition: that it…

    Read More... | 5 Comments
  • Is Israel turning its Bedouin citizens into a stateless people?

    Israel has been systematically revoking citizenship from its Bedouin citizens without as much as telling them. Is this a harbinger of things to come? In Israel's relentless war against its Arab citizens, there are few things that one can still reasonably claim to be surprised by. Jack Khoury's article in Haaretz a few weeks ago, however, did just that. Khoury revealed how the Israeli Interior Ministry has been revoking citizenship from hundreds of Bedouin in the Negev. Bedouin citizens would arrive at the Ministry to handle some bureaucratic procedure — such as applying for a new passport — and would leave with a new…

    Read More...
  • For Arab citizens, 'Jewish and democratic' means demographic war

    While much of the world justly focuses on land theft in the occupied territories, we must not forget that Israel uses the pretense of 'Jewish and democratic' to actively dispossess its own Arab citizens. Israeli citizens who may be feeling doubtful about the efficiency of their country's institutions should take a hard look at the Jewish Agency's Settlement Division. [tmwinpost] According to Haaretz, the division has set forth a new plan to establish Jewish towns adjacent to Arab communities in the Negev Desert and the Galilee, in such a way that would hamper the development of the latter. The Settlement Division,…

    Read More... | 12 Comments
  • Israel is razing a Bedouin village to build a Jewish-only town on its ruins

    Israeli authorities have promised the courts that the displaced Bedouin residents would have an opportunity to live in the new community. New documents show that is far from the case. Despite assurances made to Israel's High Court of Justice, a new town being built on the ruins of a Bedouin village in southern Israel is intended for Jews only, according to the bylaws of the future town's cooperative association. Israel first notified the residents of Umm al-Hiran, Bedouin citizens of Israel, that it plans to demolish their entire village and build another community in its place 15 years ago. A…

    Read More... | 5 Comments
  • Bedouin village braces for a new round of demolitions

    It has been half a year since Israeli police killed Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an during the demolition of his home. Now the police are back to demolish structures donated to provide shelter to his children. By Yael Marom It has been nearly a year and a half since a police raid on the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran ended in the death of Yacoub Abu Al-Qi'an and police officer Erez Levi, yet Israeli Police have yet to publish the findings of its investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the path is clear for the authorities to continue demolishing the village's homes. This time they are…

    Read More... | 1 Comment
  • Creeping censorship in a southern Israeli town

    Verbal attacks by right-wing groups and politicians in Be'er Sheva are threatening both NGOs and the local university. By Daniel Beller Over the past year various entities, including right-wing movements, have been trying to close down a joint Jewish-Arab cultural institution in the southern Israeli town of Be’er Sheva. The Multaqa-Mifgash Center, founded by the Negev Coexistence Forum (NCF), operates out of a municipal bomb shelter and stages activities and events focused on coexistence. It’s a unique institution in Be’er Sheva, and — aside from Ben-Gurion University — is the only place in the city that holds discussions on fundamental, sensitive…

    Read More... | 4 Comments
  • Israel aims new Nakba-style weapon at Arab citizens

    A new law paves the way for a fresh wave of home demolitions in Palestinian towns and villages throughout Israel. Its passing is proof that the land grab begun by Israel in 1948 never ended. By Myssana Morany What Jewish Israelis call their War of Independence, Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic. During the 1948 war and its aftermath, Israel depopulated and destroyed 600 Palestinian villages and expelled more than 700,000 Palestinians from the newly-established state in order to open up their land for Jewish settlement. [tmwinpost] But the Israeli campaign to control land has never stopped.…

    Read More... | 12 Comments
  • The fight for justice begins at home

    Rather than focusing exclusively on Israel-Palestine, Western leftists should use the occupation as a starting point to examine their own role in oppression at home. By Jakub Zahora In early October last year, dozens of activists staged a “Global Sukkot against Demolitions” demonstration in front of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) building in Jerusalem. I participated in the event, which involved a coalition of anti-occupation groups and Bedouin citizens of Israel protesting against JNF-led plans to demolish four Palestinian and Bedouin villages in the Negev and the West Bank. [tmwinpost] The protest was purposefully organized during Sukkot in order to…

    Read More... | 9 Comments
  • Residents of Bedouin village protest government's forced relocation plan

    An Israeli government plan to forcibly transfer thousands of Bedouin residents out of the Negev village of Al-Zarnug is being met with fierce criticism. By Daniel Beller Around 200 residents of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Zarnug demonstrated in the southern city of Be’er Sheva on Sunday morning in protest at a government plan to forcibly transfer them and the rest of their community to the city of Rahat. The protest, which took place as a local planning committee was meeting to discuss the plan, also included residents of Rahat and members of other Bedouin communities in the Negev. [tmwinpost] To…

    Read More... | 8 Comments
  • Shin Bet detains Arab activists — to stop them from attending funeral

    Three well-known Bedouin activists were detained and interrogated on the way to the funeral of Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an, who was killed by police last week. Attorney Gaby Lasky: 'This has all the marks of a police state.' Israeli police and the security authorities continue to persecute the Arab residents of the Negev. On Tuesday, the Shin Bet detained three well-known Palestinian activists from the area as they were making their way to the funeral of Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an, a resident of the Bedouin village Umm el-Hiran who was shot and killed by police last week. [tmwinpost] The three were detained…

    Read More... | 1 Comment
  • PHOTOS: This is what it looks like when your village is demolished

    When the bulldozers turned up in Umm el-Hiran last week, they were accompanied by hundreds of armed Israeli police, who locked down the village as residents were forced to watch their homes being destroyed.  By Michal Rotem “It was the first time that the police had acted so violently towards us. We knew the night before that there would be home demolitions, but we didn’t know that such a large number of security forces would arrive so early in the morning. I left the house and saw the whole village filled with armed police officers.” A resident of Umm el-Hiran,…

    Read More... | 4 Comments