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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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State and Bedouin Policies and Plans

State and Bedouin Policies and Plans

(p.215) 9 State and Bedouin Policies and Plans
Emptied Lands

Alexandre Kedar

Ahmad Amara

Oren Yiftachel

Stanford University Press

Among the most contested facets of the conflict between the state and the Bedouins are land ownership and recognition of 46 “unrecognized” or partly recognized localities. This chapter completes the picture by addressing the question of planning and the Bedouin unrecognized villages. Since 1948, the Israeli government has persistently and forcefully attempted to urbanize the Bedouins and concentrate them in a few urban centers. Such practices involved displacements, house demolitions, and zoning practices that produced an “illegal” geography and “gray spacing” that exposed the Bedouins to constant threat of demolition and eviction. The chapter outlines the various plans, commissions, and development and zoning plans introduced by the government, as well as the alternative plans and visions offered by the Bedouins communities, in an effort to protect their homes, localities and lands. Such alternative planning serves as a foundation for long-term reconciliation and coexistence between settler and indigenous groups.

Keywords:   Zoning, Planning, Unrecognized Villages, House Demolitions, Illegal Geography, Judaization, Forced Urbanization, Displacement, Prawer Law, Goldberg Commission

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