Israel must remember its Negev Bedouin are citizens (13/09/11, Haaretz)
The Netanyahu government excels in laying out grandiose, expensive, impractical master plans. Even if ultimately 30,000 citizens are not evicted by force from their homes, the plan’s threatening tone already deepens the strong ack of confidence already prevalent among the Bedouin.
Amos Oz: Situation of Bedouin in Negev is ‘ticking time bomb’ (18/08/10, Haaretz)
Oz is the latest public figure to voice solidarity with the residents of Al-Arakib, a town torn down four times in last months in order to plant forests.
Displacing the Bedouin (8/08/10, Haaretz)
It’s hard to understand why Israel is pushing a significant sector of its citizens toward extremism and crime.
Evangelical TV channel turns the Negev into a forest and removes the Bedouin from Al-Arakib (11/02/10, Haaretz)
“The Lord gave me instructions: ‘prepare the ground for the return of my children’. I asked: ‘Father, how do we do it?’ And the Lord answered’ plant a million trees.’ I believe this is what I heard, the spirit of God and I share this mission with you.” Rory Alec’s voice is excited and laden with pathos when he describes what led him to initiate the largest tree planting project, spearheaded by the `God TV` network, throughout Israel.
Israel to triple demolition rate for illegal Bedouin (18/02/10, Haaretz)
The Interior Ministry, the Israel Lands Administration and the southern district of the Israel Police have jointly resolved to triple the demolition rate of illegal construction in the scattered Bedouin communities in the Negev. The decision came at a meeting about a month ago.
Who wants to set fire to the Negev? (August 2010, Haia Noach)
“No state representative is getting involved in the irrational saga rolling over the backs of children and people whose rights have been trampled, people forgotten by the welfare authorities. Despite the demolitions, no representative of the state in charge of citizens’ welfare comes to examine the goings on.” Haia Noah calls the state to order following the destruction of the village of Al-Arakib.