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Israel’s Invisible Negev Bedouin

Issues of Land and Spatial Planning

  • Deborah F. Shmueli
  • Rassem Khamaisi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 1-4
  3. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 5-12
  4. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 13-20
  5. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 21-29
  6. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 31-35
  7. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 37-45
  8. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 47-68
  9. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 69-75
  10. Deborah F. Shmueli, Rassem Khamaisi
    Pages 77-90
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 91-102

About this book

Introduction

This Brief provides a contextual framework for exploring the settlement rights of Israel's Bedouin population of the Negev desert, a traditionally pastoral nomadic Arab population.  In 1948, the Israeli government relocated this population from the Negev region to settlements in Siyag. The explicit aim was to control the Negev area for security purposes, sedentarize a nomadic people, and to improve their living conditions and bring them into the modern economy. Since then, many of the Bedouin population have continued to urbanize, moving into smaller towns and cities, while some remain in the settlement. The Israeli government’s has recently proposed a new settlement policy towards the Bedouin population, that would expel many from their current homes, which came into recent controversy with the UN Human Rights commission, causing it to be withdrawn. Israel as a whole has very complex social, cultural, and political fabric with territorial uncertainties. This Brief aims to provide an overview of the current situation, provide a theoretical, historical and legal context, explore barriers to implementation of previously proposed policies, and provide potential solutions to improve individual and collective stability and balance the cultural and territorial needs of the Bedouin population with the larger goals of the Israeli government. This work will be of interest to researchers studying Israel specifically, as well as researchers in urban planning, public policy, and issues related to indigenous populations and human rights.

Keywords

Bedouin Settlements Human Rights Israel West Bank Settlements Israeli Studies Urban Legislation Urban Planning

Authors and affiliations

  • Deborah F. Shmueli
    • 1
  • Rassem Khamaisi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16820-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16819-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16820-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4165
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4173
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