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IAS Book Launch: Emptied Lands - A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev

15 October 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

emptied lands

Speakers: Oren Yiftachel, UCL, and Sandy Kedar, Haifa University, co-authors. Respondents: Suhad Bishara (KCL - Human rights lawyer, representing Bedouin Palestinians, Adalah), Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths - Forensic Architecture) and Sarah Keenan (Birkbeck, Centre for Research on Race and Law). Chaired by Haim Yacobi, DPU, the Bartlett School, UCL

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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.

This book is published by Stanford University Press.

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