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West Bank Bedouin leaders reject relocation plan

West Bank Bedouin leaders reject relocation plan

This article originally published in Haaretz – September 17, 2014[Photo by Reuters]

By Amira Hass

Representatives of Bedouin communities in the eastern West Bank convened two emergency meetings on Tuesday to discuss their stance against a Civil Administration decision to forcibly settle them north of Jericho. The meeting was initiated by a Bedouin community defense council founded a few years ago in the West Bank…

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Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin

Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin

This article originally appeared in Haaretz – September 16, 2014 [Photo by Reuters]

By Amira Hass

Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank is advancing a plan to expel thousands of Bedouin from lands east of Jerusalem and forcibly relocate them to a new town in the Jordan Valley…

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Organizations call on Israel to stop forcible transfer plans

Organizations call on Israel to stop forcible transfer plans

From the Civil Society Advocacy Working Group on Displacement

September 11, 2014 – Forty-two Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.

The organizations (listed below) stressed that the international community must take all possible measures to ensure that individual and mass forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, does not take place. The organizations said world leaders should immediately press Israel to cancel all transfer plans and allow Palestinians to remain in and develop their communities, warning that the transfer of Palestinian Bedouins from their current locations would free up land for Israeli settlement expansion in a way that could render the two-state solution unachievable.

The call comes as the Israeli government publicized this week six plans to move  Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities around Jericho, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. The plans include moving Bedouins out of the politically sensitive area referred to as the Jerusalem Periphery or “E1,” where Israel has long-intended to demolish 23 Bedouin villages in order to expand and link settlements, established in violation of international law. Settlement expansion in this area would cut the West Bank in two, further disrupting movement and social and economic ties between major Palestinian cities and limiting the little access Palestinians in the West Bank have to Jerusalem.

All of the Palestinian Bedouin communities slated for transfer are located in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank where Israel maintains full civil and military control. There are already around 341,000 Israeli settlers living in more than 100 settlements throughout Area C. Although Area C is within the internationally recognized 1967 borders of the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel only allows Palestinians to build on 1 percent of it. The lack of authority to build makes Palestinians vulnerable to home demolition, displacement, and forcible transfer and limits their ability to realize their rights to water, to adequate shelter, to education, health, and to livelihood.

In recent months, the government of Israel has used coercive tactics to heighten the pressure on Palestinian Bedouin communities, issuing eviction orders and demolishing homes and livelihood structures. Israel has also obstructed aid agencies from delivering assistance to these communities, including by seizing and destroying emergency shelters that international donors provided for families whose homes were demolished and confiscating a swing-set and a slide for a Bedouin school. Israel has already demolished more than 350 Palestinian homes or livelihood structures in Area C in 2014, while demolitions in the Jerusalem periphery and E1 area have hit a five-year high, displacing 170 Bedouins, 91 of whom are children.

“Being in constant danger of forcible transfer is not a healthy way of living. We are scared, we can’t build, we lack basic rights, but we don’t want to move to a township. If you ask me to move I would say no. I was born as a Bedouin, and we want to preserve our traditions. Israel is claiming they will create a better solution for us, I will tell you that’s not true, that transferring us will destroy our lifestyle and traditions. If they really want to create a better solution they can let us to go back to the Negev or stay where we are and receive services,” said Jameel Hamadeen, a 32-year-old resident of Sateh al Bahr, one of the Bedouin communities slated for demolition and transfer.

1. ActionAid
2. Action Against Hunger (ACF)
3. American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
4. Alianza por la Solidaridad (APS)
5. Al Haq
6. Assamblea de Cooperacion por la Paz (ACPP)
7. Badil
8. CARE International
9. Christian Aid
10. Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP)
11. DanChurchAid (DCA)
12. Diakonia
13. EAPPI UK and Ireland
14. EducAid
15. Grassroots Jerusalem
16. Handicap International (HI)
17. Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Palestine & Jordan
18. HEKS
19. Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
20. International Learning Centers (ILC)
21. Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
22. Jerusalem Legal Aid & Human Rights Center (JLAC)
23. Ma’an Development Center
24. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP – UK)
25. medico international
26. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
27. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
28. Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)
29. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
30. Oxfam
31. PAX
32. PNGO
33. Quaker Peace & Social Witness
34. Rebuilding Alliance
35. Save the Children
36. The Jahalin Association – Nabi Samwel
37. The Kvinna til Kvinna Foundation
38. The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden
39. The YMCA Rehabilitation Program
40. War Child
41. WeEffect
42. World Vision Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza

Link to Press Release (PDF): For media release, organizations call on Israel to stop forcible transfer plans

Cover photo: A boy sits a top a water can in front of the ruins of his family home, which was destroyed the day before. West Bank, Palestinian Territories, , Dec. 28, 2013. Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014.

Nowhere to Call Home: The Plight of Israel’s Bedouin Communities

Nowhere to Call Home: The Plight of Israel’s Bedouin Communities

This article and accompanying photo essay originally appeared in the ABC News “Picture This” blog – May 1, 2012 [Photo by Giuliano Camarda/Redux]

By By Lawrence Lai

Italian photographer Giuliano Camarda visited the Arab al-Jahalin tribe of Palestinian Bedouins in October 2011 and discovered what he describes as a people who have shown great determination and impressive resilience despite their hardships. He documented the lives of the residents in his stark and riveting “Forced Ethnic Relocation” photo essay.

About 20 Palestinian Bedouin communities make up the Arab al-Jahalin, living between Jerusalem and Jericho, in the occupied West Bank. In the West Bank’s Area C, where many of the communities are located, Israel retains control over security as well as planning and zoning.

The tribe was originally from the Negev desert, west of the Dead Sea, from which they either fled or were pushed out after the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. They maintained their semi-nomadic lifestyle until most of their land was confiscated following Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six-Day War and they were made to relocate to where they’ve now lived for over 40 years.

In 1996, the Israeli High Court voted to evict the Bedouins to allow the expansion of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement, but they were eventually permitted to lease the state land that had previously belonged to the Palestinian town of Abu Dis.

Living without electricity, sanitation, running water or medical facilities, the Arab al-Jahalin communities endure a harsh existence. They graze their sheep between garbage and debris, said Camarda, and despite the court’s decision to permit them to lease the land, over the past 15 years, they have been subject to demolition of homes, requisitions of their livestock, and attacks by Israeli settlers.

Then, in November 2011, the Israeli Civil Administration drafted plans to move the Bedouin communities next to the Jerusalem municipal garbage dump, the largest repository of waste in the area. According to a Dec. 6, 2011, article in the British newspaper The Guardian, the communities weren’t notified of the relocation plans.

The Bedouins say the move would jeopardize their lifestyle as nomads, denying them land to tend to their livestock, and exposing them health hazards. On April 17, 2012, a film was released, directed by Harvey Stein and produced by Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, about the plight of the al-Jahalin.

Original article and photo essay: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/05/nowhere-to-call-home-the-plight-of-israels-bedouin-communities/.

“High Hopes” Accepted to Boston Palestine Film Festival

“High Hopes” Accepted to Boston Palestine Film Festival

“High Hopes,” the new short documentary by Guy Davidi has been accepted to the Boston Palestine Film Festival, in October!

Stay tuned for the launch!

High Hopes Trailer ScreenshotIn 1997-’98, many Bedouin refugees living under Israeli Occupation were forcibly displaced by Israel to a garbage dump. During this entire period, the Oslo Peace Process was ongoing, with “high hopes” for peace. During recent peace talks, plans to forcibly displace some 30,000 Bedouin refugees for settlement expansion were formulated, and in the aftermath of those talks, the plan is progressing and extremely urgent as to the initial 2,800 facing imminent forced displacement.

 

A film by Oscar Award nominee and International Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi
Produced by Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
Music Pink Floyd
Courtesy of David Gilmour & Polly Samson

BUS Stop: Ramallah Artist and his Short Film Featuring Children of Wadi Abu Hindi [Video]

BUS Stop: Ramallah Artist and his Short Film Featuring Children of Wadi Abu Hindi [Video]

The above film–which features a special project undertaken by the children of Wadi Abu Hindi–comes from the artist’s solo show “NO EXIT,” which debuted at the Whitebox Art Center on July 24th and draws its inspiration from the ordeal which prevented him from traveling to New York.

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The following is a press release from the Whitebox Art Center – July 24, 2014

New York City – Whitebox Art Center presents a solo show by Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar in conjunction with an underground salon at Undercurrent Projects produced and curated by Myriam Vanneschi.

The Israel Border Police denied artist Khaled Jarrar exit to travel to NYC for this project and his participation in the show, “Here and Elsewhere” at the New Museum. He has since decided to create a new work for this show that deals with his status as well as the current situation in Gaza. This new media piece will be live updated as the situation develops.

For the duration of the show, the art space Undercurrent Projects will function as a salon where informal panel discussions about Khaled Jarrar’s work, art from Palestine, and the current situation in Gaza / West Bank will take place.

NO EXIT is organized and curated by Myriam Vanneschi.

Whitebox extends a special thank you to Vescom Collection, who generously funded the exhibition.
The programs of Whitebox Art Center are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

For more information, visit: whiteboxnyc.org/event/no-exit/

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Watch the film above or on Vimeo,
Visit ”NO EXIT” at NYC’s Whitebox Art Center, July 24-August 7, 2014,
Or, check out ”Here and Elsewhere” at NYC’s New Museum, from July 16 through September 28, 2014!

Bedouin make do without shelters under West Bank skies

Bedouin make do without shelters under West Bank skies

This article originally appeared in Haaretz – July 17, 2014 [Photo by Alon Ron]

By Amira Hass

Like the Negev Bedouin, it seems that the Bedouin east of Jerusalem are also in range of Hamas’ rockets and missiles, and they are also without shelters. The rocket that reached Jerusalem on July 8, shortly after a siren sounded, landed near the Bedouin encampment of Abu Falah in Khan al-Ahmar (near Mishor Adumim). A piece of the rocket landed 25 meters away from one of the caravan homes, creating a cloud of dust and smoke. No one was hurt, but shrapnel did damage one of the caravans. Some of the children there who witnessed the blast have reportedly had trouble sleeping since.

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Defense Ministry: Army to keep expelling Palestinians from firing zones

Defense Ministry: Army to keep expelling Palestinians from firing zones

This article originally appeared in Haaretz – June 12, 2014 [Photo by Michal Fattal]

By Jonathan Lis

The army plans to continue expelling Palestinians from military firing zones in Area C of the West Bank, which is under total Israeli control, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told the Knesset on Wednesday.

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