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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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Bedouin Territory and Settlement

Bedouin Territory and Settlement

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Emptied Lands

Alexandre Kedar

Ahmad Amara

Oren Yiftachel

Stanford University Press

This chapter continues the challenging of the Dead Negev Doctrine and its various components by addressing the issue of Bedouin settlement. The DND and official Israeli narrative represents the Bedouins as nomads who had no permanent settlements in the Negev, whereas the chapter argues that although some maps from the Ottoman period do not demarcate Bedouin localities, they did exist. These localities or “dira” (Bedouin settlement and cultivation areas) were usually marked on the maps according to the names of confederations and tribes. Bedouins were not nomadic and their settlements were interlinked with cultivation and the establishment of sedentarized geography that began to appear in maps during the 1890s. Tens of thousands of Bedouins lived in villages that developed gradually over generations, before the British mandate was established.

Keywords:   Nomadism, Semi-Nomadism, Agriculture, Pastoralism, Settlement, Mapping, Ottoman, British Mandate, Palestine

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