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The Arab Bedouin of the Naqab - Myths and Misconceptions

In September 2011, the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan for mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) desert. If fully implemented, this plan will result in the forced displacement of tens of thousands Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the destruction of 35 “unrecognized” villages.

According to Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, “the Israeli government’s policy is grounded in widespread myths, misconceptions and stereotypes.” The document challenges some of the most widespread myths on which the Prawer Plan relies for legitimacy. 

Adalah – The Arab Bedouin of the Naqab – Myths and Misconceptions

Adalah (“Justice” in Arabic) is an independent human rights organization and legal center. Established in November 1996, it works to promote and defend the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, 1.2 million people, or 20 percent of the population, as well as Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).


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    1. XYZ

      Please forgive my ignorance, but since the Beduin traditionally moved around alot, unlike village farmers, don’t they claim the whole Negev, or even the entire Middle East, as theirs. As we see in Egypt and in other countries in the Middle East, there is friction betweeen Beduin and the central governments all thoughout the region, and not just in Israel. How are their “just claims” for land to be ajudicated fairly?

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    2. No, XYZ, they proably claim only their present migration routes, with the villages they return to periodically as their land. A route does not imply ownership of all use, but grazing and passing rights, including, probably, access to water wells. Land may be used by more than one group, so long as prior use rights are honoured. Adjudication would not be the same as in Tel Aviv disputes.

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    3. Bluegrass Picker of Afula

      There is NOT any human right to be nomadic; and claims of rights based on such a lifestyle, are imaginary.

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      • But there is, Picker, a divine right to Judea and Samaria, no? Which is not imaginary. Human rights are constructed through confrontation and interaction; I do not know their bounds a priori.

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        • Bluegrass Picker of Afula

          In my entire life, I have never made any religious claims. I do know a priori which human rights are real – I know how to read a lawbook. And by the way, CigarBut – don’t worry. Our opponents still call Spain, “Al Andalus” and have the same perfumed nightmare about getting it back, as they do about Eretz Yisrael.

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          • You think rights come out of law books? Better, read the history of law, coupled with the evolution of its social economy, to understand the genesis of rights. And, when pausing, think of better insults.

            Holding that a majority of Muslims hope to retake Spain will, I think, fail as a premise. You have no claim on Judea and Samaria save the expunging of prior residents. That is lebensraum, which you will find in German jurispurdence c 1938-43. But not in most international law texts of this day.

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      • JG

        You should tell that to the ancestors of us all, who nomad from Africa all across this planet back in the days.
        All without any rights granted by nationalistic nuts….

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    4. CigarButNoNice

      “Naqab (Negev)”
      I’d put it “Negev (Naqab).” The order says much about +972mag and its stance on the Jewish people’s right to their land.

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      • un2here

        Your claims are preposterous

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