In this position paper, Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, analyzes the implications of the Israeli Supreme Court’s 5 May decision authorizing the demolition of the Palestinian bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in order to replace it with a Jewish-majority town. The bedouins of Umm al-Hiran were relocated there by Israeli military order in 1956, after being displaced from their village of Khirbet Zubaleh. Although the court did not rule the residents “trespassers” on state land, it legitimized their forced removal by ruling that the state had allowed the bedouin citizens to use the land but that they had no ownership rights to it. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent for the remaining 35 socalled unrecognized bedouin villages in the Naqab (Negev).
Presented below are excerpts from Adalah’s position paper. The full paper with footnotes is available at http://www.adalah.org.
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