The negev land question: Between denial and recognition

Ahmad Amara

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This article explores the legal issues and policies surrounding Bedouin land ownership and dispossession in the Negev. By tracing the colonial legal trajectory-from Ottoman to British and finally, to the current Israeli adoption and development of legal doctrines-the author exposes an intricate manipulation of historical legal policies being used to further displace tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs living in the Negev today. This displacement is further contextualized as not only legally steeped in colonial heritage, but also as part and parcel of an active, larger colonial Judaization scheme by the Israeli state towards its Palestinian citizens. This article discusses the most recent of these schemes in the Negev: the Prawer Plan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-47
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Palestine Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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