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In Conversation: “Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev”

When Nov 13, 2020
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Zoom
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“Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev”

(Stanford University Press 2018)

Emptied Lands investigates the protracted legal, planning, and territorial conflict between the settler Israeli state and indigenous Bedouin citizens over traditional lands in southern Israel/Palestine. The authors place this dispute in historical, legal, geographical, and international-comparative perspectives, providing the first legal geographic analysis of the "dead Negev doctrine" used by Israel to dispossess and forcefully displace Bedouin inhabitants in order to Judaize the region. The authors reveal that through manipulative use of Ottoman, British and Israeli laws, the state has constructed its own version of terra nullius. Yet, the indigenous property and settlement system still functions, creating an ongoing resistance to the Jewish state. Emptied Lands critically examines several key land claims, court rulings, planning policies, and development strategies, offering alternative local, regional, and international routes for justice.

In conversation with:

Prof. Alexandre Kedar, Professor of Law, University of Haifa
Dr. Ahmad Amara, Department of History, New York University
Prof. Oren Yiftachel, Professor of Political Geography, Ben-Gurion University


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