Bedouin Arabs

Intimate film shows life inside a Bedouin village

By Igal Avidan, February 25, 2016

Jalila is hosting a Bedouin wedding in an Israeli desert village where men and women celebrate separately.

But Jalila can hardly hide her emotions because the groom is her husband, Suliman, who is taking a younger woman as his second wife.

On top of that, Jalila's oldest daughter, Layla, has fallen in love with a boy at her university.


Confusion as Bedouin plan slides off the agenda

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

The decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Thursday night to cancel the Prawer-Begin Plan for the Negev Bedouin Settlements left its opponents jubilant — but with no clue about what the replacement could be.


Land polluted by rancid hot air

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 13, 2013

Last week, some of Britain’s leading newspapers carried a shocking advertisement, announcing that the property rights of thousands of people are going to be swept aside in the name of progress. As a result of government policy, families who have lived in particular localities for generations are going to be uprooted and resettled. Whole communities are facing destruction.


Bedouin land plan shelved by Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

The Israeli government has shelved the Prawer-Begin Plan for the Bedouin villages in the Negev.

The legislation was halted amid mounting opposition within the coalition.


Bedouin plan critics have a point

By Martin Bright, December 6, 2013

Last week’s “day of rage” against Israeli government plans to move tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs in the Negev desert to purpose-built settlements was predictable enough.

Even more predictable was the letter to the Guardian from musicians, artists, fashion designers, activists and, naturally, Jemima Khan opposing the so-called Prawer-Begin plan.


Analysis: Israel agonises over Bedouin land crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 5, 2013

Ironically perhaps, as the world waits for the Prawer-Begin Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev to clear its final legislative hurdles in the Knesset and the bulldozers to start demolishing the homes of over 30,000 Bedouin slated for resettlement, the only person who has actually lost out so far is Benny Begin.


Bedouin resettlement plan sparks worldwide protests

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2013

Thousands of people around the world have taken part in protests against Israeli government plans to force Bedouin Arabs to move from their scattered villages in the Negev desert to a number of designated towns and settlements.

The Prawer plan, expected to be passed into Israeli law by the end of the year, will authorise the demolition of 35 "unrecognised" Bedouin villages.


Israeli government build new towns on Bedouin land

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

The Israeli government authorised on Sunday the construction of two new towns in the Negev Desert on land partly occupied by a Bedouin tribe.

The community of Hiran will be built for the national-religious community while the town of Kassif is to be marketed mainly to the strictly-Orthodox.


Why I am a Bedouin middleman

By Uri Dromi, June 28, 2013

When the JC asked me to write about the Bedouin bill, which narrowly passed its first reading in the Knesset this week, I should have declined, for more than one reason.


Halt Bedouin evictions, say UK rabbis

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Sixty-five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protesting against a proposed law that could see 40,000 Bedouin evicted from their homes.