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Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev

Alexandre Kedar, Ahmad Amara, and Oren Yiftachel


It is commonly claimed by Israeli authorities that Bedouins are trespassers who never acquired property or settlement rights in southern Israel/Palestine. This led to massive dispossession of Bedouins. This book sets to examine state claims by providing, for the first time, a thorough analysis of the legal geography of the Negev. It adopts critical scholarly perspectives, drawing on multidisciplinary sources from geography, law, history and the social sciences. The study defines the “Dead Negev Doctrine (DND)”—a set of legal arguments and practices founded on a manipulative use of Ottoman and ... More

Keywords: Terra Nullius, Dead Negev Doctrine, Bedouins, Palestine, Israel, Negev, Ottoman, British Mandate, Dead (Mewat) Land, Internal Colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503603585
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503603585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandre Kedar, author
Haifa University

Ahmad Amara, author

Oren Yiftachel, author
Ben-Gurion University