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Emptied LandsA Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev$
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Alexandre Kedar, Ahmad Amara, and Oren Yiftachel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503603585

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503603585.001.0001

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The Land Regime of the British Mandate Period

The Land Regime of the British Mandate Period

(p.63) 3 The Land Regime of the British Mandate Period
Emptied Lands

Alexandre Kedar

Ahmad Amara

Oren Yiftachel

Stanford University Press

This chapter continues to cover the history of Southern Palestine and the transformation of the local land system by covering the British Mandate period, 1917–1948. The chapter explores the evolution of British-Bedouin relations and the special Mandate administration of the Beersheba sub-district that granted relative autonomy to Bedouin tribes to run their affairs. The chapter then outlines the significant changes introduced by the British to local the land system in Palestine, particularly the changes to the regime of “dead” (Mewat) lands and the 1928 land Settlement Ordinance. These changes are highly relevant to the Dead Negev Doctrine, and to date form the foundation of Bedouin dispossession. As a key historical legal insight, the chapter analyzes Jewish land purchases from Bedouin land owners, demonstrating the land ownership of the indigenous Bedouins, and British acknowledgement of these rights which were routinely entered into the land registry.

Keywords:   Mandate, 1928 Land Settlement Ordinance, Jewish Land Purchases, Palestine Land Law

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