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For the Israeli Government, the Tragedy of the Bedouin Jahalin Tribe Is a Success

Haaretz: April 11, 2016 Despite well-documented adverse affects reported on by Bimkom of the proposed plan to relocate the Abu Nuwar community to Al-Jabal, on the outskirts of Al-Azaria, government officials continue to argue that the plan represents a positive development for the current residents of Abu Nawar. Read the article here.

POSITION PAPER: Access to natural resources

Access to Natural Resources: A necessity for the existence of the herding communities in Area C Herding communities in Area C are communities whose economic survival, and to a large extent their social and cultural survival, depend on access to water and grazing lands, the basic natural resources needed for their existence. Since these natural … read more

Why Is There No Development?

Of the Bedouin villages in the Negev, only 12 (one of them just recently in 2014) have been recognized by the government. The government planning process for the recognized villages has largely ignored their spatial reality and its logic. In practice, only 128 residential building permits were issued in only two villages.

‘If they build here, there will never be peace with Israel’

The Independent: December 10 2012 Sari Kronish, an architect at Bimkom, a group that raises human rights issues in planning procedures in Jerusalem, says the environmental arguments in favour of a landfill and park disguise a policy in which parks are being used to close off development opportunities for Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Read the … read more

The Negev Bedouin

There are some 45 villages, only 12 of which have government recognition. Residents of the unrecognized villages cannot obtain building permits such that all construction is considered illegal and home demolitions are a common occurrence. Some of the recognized villages have plans, but they are seldom implemented because of ongoing conflict over land ownership which … read more