The Negev Bedouin as a de-legitimization tool

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This article explores the evolution of Bedouin international advocacy and discourse within UN human rights bodies, starting with the first in 1998 to present. It demonstrates that during the last two decades, Bedouin international advocacy in UN bodies was carried out by various NGOs with differing agendas. The discourse on Bedouin issues was co-opted by national and foreign NGOs, some of which possessed clear anti-Israeli views. Parallel to the increasing volume of Bedouin international involvement, their issues became an asset in the overall efforts to de-legitimise Israel. The Bedouin’s harsh living conditions and ongoing land conflict with the state assisted in portraying Israel as an apartheid state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-143
Number of pages23
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Adalah
  • BDS
  • Bedouin
  • Human rights
  • Israel
  • Palestinians
  • de-legitimisation
  • indigenous population
  • international advocacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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